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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!

Good question, isn't it?

When does knowledge turn into power?

2022 May 23 | by Arduino Mancini Training and development

Have you seen the cartoon? Now tell me: When does knowledge turn into power, in your opinion?

Visual_Cliff
Why investing in education and training is vital for our future

JOB, SALARY, AND FEAR OF THE... VOID!

2022 May 18 | by Arduino Mancini Change management - Selection Interview

What is the link among job, salary, and fear of the void? Let’s see it together. In a 1960 study, US psychologists Eleanor J. Gibson and Richard D. Walk wanted to gather information about infants’ perception of emptiness. To achieve their goal, they used the visual cliff (see the picture), a tool designed to give […]

Relax, here you find the solution!

Do you have a staff retention problem?

2022 May 12 | by Arduino Mancini Training and development

The one you see in the cartoon strip is a rather common situation in small and, sometimes, medium-sized companies. The business owner manages the company personally, is aware of his know-how and intends to protect it. The possibility that his staff member could strengthen the competitor’s ranks or even become a threat to his leadership […]

To burst a balloon, you must first inflate it

The 36 stratagems - 16 - Loosen the grip to tighten it later

2022 May 05 | by Arduino Mancini Stratagems to succeed

The stratagem I’m going to present to you is from the book The 36 stratagems, a Chinese masterpiece that can be of interest to anyone involved in conflict situations: in business, politics and private life.   Description of the stratagem When the opponent is under pressure and feels he has no way out, there is a […]

Hard task, like grasping a frying pan without handles!

How to ask for a salary raise?

2022 April 26 | by Arduino Mancini Negotiation - Salary raise

What you see in the cartoon strip is a situation I experienced when I was working as a sales manager. Periodically I was challenged by a salesman who, despite his rather questionable performance, kept asking for salary raises. Want to know if he ended up accepting the challenge? No, he didn’t; and he stopped bothering […]

What can you do to gain time when you are in difficulty?

The 36 stratagems - 33 - The empty fort strategy

2022 April 21 | by Arduino Mancini Stratagems to succeed

The stratagem I’m going to present to you is from the book The 36 stratagems, a Chinese masterpiece that can be of interest to anyone involved in conflict situations: in business, politics and private life.   Description of the stratagem The stratagem consists in pretending to be powerful, when in reality we are in a very […]

Effective leadership
Effective leadership

When is a leader really able to guide people?

2022 April 14 | by Arduino Mancini Leadership

Want to know what I think? I believe that whoever is responsible for leading people must be able to see beyond the horizon. What do YOU think? If you are interested in developing your leadership skills you can click on the following links: The foundation of leadership Leadership development program

Probably the most used stratagem

The 36 stratagems - 3 - Kill with a borrowed knife

2022 April 07 | by Arduino Mancini Stratagems to succeed

The stratagem I’m going to present to you is from the book The 36 stratagems, a Chinese masterpiece that can be of interest to anyone involved in conflict situations: in business, politics and private life.   Description of the stratagem The idea is to inflict damage on the enemy through a third party. The stratagem is […]

When a person's motivation is not the one that it appears...

The 36 stratagems - 8 - Sneak through the passage of Chencang

2022 March 24 | by Arduino Mancini Stratagems to succeed

The stratagem I’m going to present to you is from the book The 36 stratagems, a Chinese masterpiece that can be of interest to anyone involved in conflict situations: in business, politics and private life.   Description of the stratagem The stratagem consists of dissimulating the direction in which one intends to proceed, hiding one’s […]

Manage your anger
A short excerpt from Seneca may help you shape one

Have you got a strategy to cope with anger?

2022 March 17 | by Arduino Mancini Resilience

Have you ever had, at least once in your life, the feeling of falling into anger and losing control? Here is a beautiful excerpt from Lucius Annaeus Seneca’s book On Anger, on Leisure, on Clemency, which describes the effects that anger generates in people. Let’s read it together. You provide the most reliable proof of […]