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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!

Don't know the answer? Don't worry, Montaigne will help you!

What is the difference between a skilled person and an ear of wheat?

2022 June 29 | by Arduino Mancini Training and development

Now tell me: do you think Montaigne is right?

Don’t you think so?

It is always so easy to delegate... upwards!

2022 June 15 | by Arduino Mancini Delegation

Delegation is something very strange. Leaders are trying desperately to learn how to delegate and better manage their time, while their staff are real experts at delegating their responsibilities to the boss. Here is an example. Charles is about to enter the elevator when Mario, one of his staff, stops him. “Good morning, Boss. Do […]

A question for you!

How many friends do you have?

2022 June 08 | by Arduino Mancini Critical thinking - Social network

What would you answer?

The stratagem of the psychological resilience

The 36 stratagems - 19 - Remove the firewood from under the pot

2022 June 02 | 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.   Literal translation Instead of directly attacking the strongest part of the enemy, indirectly weakens the enemy’s momentum. That is to […]

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?

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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 […]