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Offbeat: Quirky tales from off the training track


What's the true measure of a leader - ask a horse! The latest installment of in our quirky news from off the beaten track of the training world.

No horsing around for management candidates

How would you like to be interviewed or have your appraisal whilst driving to meet a horse. This surreal scenario is used, apparently effectively, to test management style.

Fran Tindall of Management Intelligence Consulting explained: "Sounds odd, but while somebody's behind the wheel their behaviour in conversation is unmanaged - you're hearing their subconscious – and animals will sniff out somebody who appears confident but who is not.”

"Their [the candidate’s] driving can reveal all sorts of information about their personality - aggression, focus, spatial awareness, attitude to risk, their overall confidence and judgement levels and so on.

"Animals, in particular herd animals, can spot leaders. They can also sniff out under-confidence. They are not susceptible to being sold embellished stories or claims.”

Tough times see workers flirting with disaster

Pay rises are becoming harder to secure,so just how far are employees willing to go in the quest for more money?

A recent survey of 12,000 people, entitled “Love to work” by dating firm found that 22% of British workers, double the number recorded in 2004, would flirt with the boss in order to get a promotion. A very eager 25% of the men surveyed were willing to use their charm to get ahead, while women faired slightly better in the morality polls with 19% of them up for making eyes at the boss.

Thirty three per cent of the men questioned revealed that they found their female bosses attractive while the picture for male bosses seems less positive as just 17% of women admitted they fancied the man at the top.
For those that find themselves falling for a work colleague, here are just some of Dr Nafsika Thalassis, psychologiest and’s singles coach, tips for avoiding trouble:

  • Dating a colleague is not usually a sackable offence, but inappropriate conduct during working hours could put your job in jeopardy.

  • Physical intimacy in the work premises is a no-no.   Remember those security cameras.

  • Never charge a date to your company expenses or use a business trip as an opportunity to entertain a love interest.

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