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Nigel Cumberland

Data de nascimento: 26. Julho 1967

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Nigel Cumberland is a British author, leadership coach, and a founder of The Silk Road Partnership. He is the author of eight books, a number of which have been translated into foreign languages, including into Chinese, Czech, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Russian, Romanian, Dutch, Arabic and Brazilian Portuguese. He writes self-development and leadership skills books, some of which have been serialised.

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„The role of a team leader or manager is to minimize any potential negative outcomes while maximizing the positive potential of the team“

—  Nigel Cumberland
Context: Leading a group of people in a team involves so many variables including each team member’s personality, expectations, experience and ambitions. Putting a group of people together can produce all kinds of outcomes – sometimes negative... The role of a team leader or manager is to minimize any potential negative outcomes while maximizing the positive potential of the team. p.249

„Candidates should be proactive and show passion and commitment if they wanted to secure the best positions“

—  Nigel Cumberland
Context: Candidates should be proactive and show passion and commitment if they wanted to secure the best positions. Quoted in Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper (June 17th 2006) http://www.scmp.com/article/553048/overseas-employers-target-local-talent

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„Mastering and navigating around office politics is never easy“

—  Nigel Cumberland
Context: Mastering and navigating around office politics is never easy and there are times when you may simply be on the receiving end of some negative gossip or rumours. p.75

„Good decision-making is like playing chess“

—  Nigel Cumberland
Context: Good decision-making is like playing chess and you must avoid making hasty decisions without thinking of how that particular decision will impact on different aspects of your work and organization. The worst kind of decision-making is to decide to delay a difficult decision until later or to pass it to someone else to have to make. You will never excel and be valued by your colleagues if you get into these habits of procrastination and passing responsibility to others. page 170

„The best way to learn something is from experience“

—  Nigel Cumberland
Context: The best way to learn something is from experience – to actually try doing the task or activity. Great learnings can come when you face challenge and difficulty and when you might not succeed. Page 214

„Only through experience can you become a better judge of whether a certain candidate will be the best fit for a particular job role, company culture and management style“

—  Nigel Cumberland
Context: However recruitment is also an art and involves developing people and leadership skills that cannot be totally taught. Only through experience can you become a better judge of whether a certain candidate will be the best fit for a particular job role, company culture and management style. p.2

„Employers do not wish to hire victims“

—  Nigel Cumberland
Context: Employers do not wish to hire victims, rather they try to hire balanced and flexible people who do not blame others for their situation. p.21

„The working culture in an organization is rarely spoken about“

—  Nigel Cumberland
Context: The working culture in an organization is rarely spoken about and is often only discussed when someone is critical about where they are working. This is a shame as the working culture influences and affects everything around you. p.70

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„No longer be one of the many job-hunters who are blinded by your ignorance and self-confidence“

—  Nigel Cumberland
Context: No longer be one of the many job-hunters who are blinded by your ignorance and self-confidence, who after a lengthy period of unemployment still feel that the world owes them a living. p.126

„Have the courage to stand out from your colleagues by being very open to and comfortable with all kinds of diversity amongst your colleagues and stakeholders.“

—  Nigel Cumberland
Context: Diversity is a very popular business topic today while the negative side of diversity, discrimination, remains a touchy and sensitive topic. Even in organisations which follow the letter of the law in terms of not discriminating against any individuals, it is common for people to show prejudice and bias... Have the courage to stand out from your colleagues by being very open to and comfortable with all kinds of diversity amongst your colleagues and stakeholders. When you sense someone is being ignored or marginalized spend time with them and bring them into discussions encouraging them to speak up as needed. page 198

„If little kids could play more, you´d have better engineers, better managers and more inspiration in the workplace“

—  Nigel Cumberland
Context: If little kids could play more, you´d have better engineers, better managers and more inspiration in the workplace. If you deny a toddler the chance to play and then put him in a preschool where he is always competing and being measured, you get fear and that leads to an unwillingness to take risks. You end up with boring adults. As quoted on page 56 in "Under Pressure" by Carl Honoré (2008) https://books.google.ae/books/about/Under_Pressure.html?id=l7Yq9rKivMgC&redir_esc=y and also quoted in the Vancouver Sun newspaper on April 28th 2008 http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=60b255fc-910e-4dc1-ae6d-50961b0e7a2c and in a 2013 academic paper entitled Hard Skills Will Qualify You, with Soft Skills You’ll Rank the First by Eva Trumpesova Rudolfova, Lenka Zouhar Ludvikova of Masaryk University, Czech Republic https://is.muni.cz/repo/1169958/ECE2013_0305.pdf. Also quoted in many other sources including in Spanish.

„Unless you work in a cave as a solitary hermit, your entire working life will involve connecting with various people“

—  Nigel Cumberland
Context: Unless you work in a cave as a solitary hermit, your entire working life will involve connecting with various people... Do not wait until you have a particular issue or problem before re-connecting with someone. p.60

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„We live in a world of teams made up of all kinds of people“

—  Nigel Cumberland
Context: We live in a world of teams made up of all kinds of people. We see this every day on TV, in newspapers and on the web – it might news about a winning sports team, a company’s leadership team who have succeeded in buying another company or it might be a about a group of homeowners who have won a battle against a big developer. p.2

„So many people give up too easily and as a result they never achieve the level of work success that might otherwise have been possible“

—  Nigel Cumberland
Context: So many people give up too easily and as a result they never achieve the level of work success that might otherwise have been possible. People might overcome any hesitation in trying out something once, but in the face of the first setback, rejection or failure the majority of people would not continue and would simply give up. It is impossible to excel in your job and career if you are part of this majority - you would be leaving the minority who would be persevering, trying again and in many cases eventually succeeding. Can you imagine how many other light bulb inventors tried, failed and gave up during the time that Thomas Edison was showing amazing resilience by trying again and again until he eventually succeeded. Not giving up in itself is a form of excelling and would enable you to stand out amongst your colleagues. Page 216

„Help others to explore the challenges and problems facing them through what is called coaching“

—  Nigel Cumberland
Context: Help others to explore the challenges and problems facing them through what is called coaching. This is not sports coaching where a coach would simply tell others what to do, but is a work-based form of coaching, sometimes called executive coaching. p.47

„An effective HR professional would probably be a mature person, one who has lived and who has been "knocked about" by life“

—  Nigel Cumberland
Context: An effective HR professional would probably be a mature person, one who has lived and who has been "knocked about" by life. Because if you have not experienced life, how can you share that experience with people? Quoted in Hong Kong's Career Times newspaper (March 29th 2002) http://cthr.ctgoodjobs.hk/article/show_article.aspx/1174-10369-a-five-year-challenge-for-mainland-management-systems

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