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I am Arduino Mancini, and this is my blog.

I offer insights and training tools for people who want to develop effective thinking and improve their performance, at work and in private life.

Training, career management, glass ceiling, job search, boss and people management, critical thinking, negotiation, gender diversity are just some of the topics we will discuss: at the bottom, to the right, you find the post’s categories.

To complete the panorama of the tools at your disposal, you will find reviews of books and movies, training courses and coaching programmes for people, groups and organisations.

A characteristic of this blog?

I believe that the task of a blogger is not to dispense truth, but to leave the reader at least a doubt to be kept within his notes: and questions to share with the tibicon community.

Read from you soon!

Here's when thinking before acting can prove useful...

What should you know before lying?

2023 November 28 | by Arduino Mancini Effective communication

There are two kinds of lies: the unconscious ones and those that are built to provide a falsified version of facts and circumstances. Today I want to tell you about the second ones, beginning with the definition of a lie. A lie is a statement that does not correspond to facts and circumstances made to […]

An inspiring quote

Don't forget they don't forget...

2023 October 31 | by Arduino Mancini Motivation and needs - Quotes

The cartoon strip is freely inspired by a quote from poet Maya Angelou. A thought that reminds us that kindness, respect for people and empathy add quality to the building of personal relationships and the lives of each of us. Things that people with business management responsibilities should also remember. What do you think?

How many times did they tell you?

I told you so!

2023 October 24 | by Arduino Mancini Heuristics and biases - Reprimand Praise feedback

How many times have you felt subtle disappointment or even anger when someone said, “I told you so”? Yes, because the person who says “I told you so…” gives you the feeling to be sure to have correctly interpreted a particular situation, predicting its development; as you obviously did not. You, of what was happening, […]

Here are 5 clues that will help you!

Would you be able to identify a micromanager?

2023 October 18 | by Arduino Mancini Leadership - Senza categoria

Do you know what micromanagement is? It is a management style by which a manager closely monitors the performance of staff members, going into the smallest details. Like what happens in the cartoon, where I depicted the explosive mixture of micromanagement and short memory. Are there specific behaviours or situations that allow us to identify […]

Listen to what Ennio Flaiano has to say about it.

Why is stupidity so successful?

2023 October 10 | by Arduino Mancini Effective thinking - Quotes

Listen to what Ennio Flaiano wrote in 1969 in Il Corriere della Sera about stupidity: Stupidity has made enormous progress. It is a Sun that cannot be watched fixedly. Thanks to the media, it is not even the same anymore, it feeds on other myths, it sells itself a lot, it has made fun of […]

Find out with this test!

Can you accept feedback from colleagues and staff members?

2023 October 03 | by Arduino Mancini Feedback

What does this test consist of? First of all, let me ask you a question: Do you usually accept feedback from people who work with you? I am not talking about your boss, but rather about colleagues and staff members with whom you share the workday. I’m sure you do! But if you want to […]

Because in most cases they are parvenus! Want to know more?

Why do so many men in power men appear so inadequate?

2023 September 20 | by Arduino Mancini Leadership - Quotes

Who is a parvenu? Dictionaries agree to define it as a person who has acquired a superior economic and social status without adapting to the manners of the new context. In most countries the man in power, who inevitably aspires to charismatic leadership, is too often a parvenu. We can define him as a person who […]

Seven good rules will help you!

How to manage an expert effectively?

2023 September 13 | by Arduino Mancini Effective thinking - Heuristics and biases

More and more often we encounter situations in which we need to call on experts, that is, people with knowledge and experience in a specific topic, superior to the ones we can rely on as an individual, group or organization. In my experience, ascertaining whether we are actually in the presence of an expert in […]

Here's what I learned by working as a manager and as a coach!

Resistance to change in a company - How to overcome it?

2023 August 24 | by Arduino Mancini Change management

Resistance to change will probably be the main issue that people with leadership and management responsibilities in the companies will be facing in the near future (and not only in the near…). Why? Over the past three decades, the world has moved faster and faster, forcing companies to face rapidly evolving scenarios with ever-changing strategic […]

Here are six bad habits that will help you find out!

Are you a competitive listener?

2023 August 02 | by Arduino Mancini Effective communication

I think we can share the idea that listening is an essential function of communication that multimedia has substantially damaged, because we are systematically urged to devote attention to more than one thing at the same time. Is this all the smartphone’s fault? Absolutely not, because long-standing habits affect listening skills perhaps more profoundly than […]