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PROFESSIONAL POKER Emerge victorious from any negotiation


A P R 15 As we near the end of the financial year and the election, the pledges from the politicians are rolling in thick and fast. Whether you’re a working parent who’s been promised the earth or you’re trying to invest your wages in a first time property, there will be a man in a suit offering you a solution. But until that happens – or not – you can always rely on Olé to improve your working life. We’ve got advice on negotiations at work as well as guidance on conquering your fears and achieving new success. If that’s not enough, there’s a cautionary tale in the shape of Nick Leeson, who we spend 60 seconds with on the twentieth anniversary of his roguery sinking Barings Bank.

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SURVEY SHOWS WOMEN CONCENTRATE LONGER THAN MEN Women have long proclaimed that they are able to focus longer than their male colleagues, and it seems it’s true; women really can concentrate longer than men. This is according to new findings which have been released by flexible workspace provider, Regus. 3,000 professionals were asked how long they can productively focus in a distraction-free environment without a break. One to two hours was the most popular option amongst male respondents, with 41% citing this as their limit. By comparison, 37% of the women canvassed said they can concentrate for between two and three hours, making this the most selected answer amongst females. Celia Donne, VP for global operations at Regus commented: “Women often declare themselves to be more effective at multi-tasking, more organised and better able to focus than men. And although it’s amusing to see at least one of those stereotypes backed up by statistics, these findings do feed into a more serious conversation about the importance of a quiet, professional working environment for optimum productivity. “As flexible working gains popularity, companies need to ensure that employees looking to function outside of the main office have access to a work space that is conducive to efficiency. Working at home can bring a multitude of distractions and interruptions. Similarly, using other popular alternative locations such as coffee shops will often find workers repeatedly disturbed.”


Scientists have found that precious metals like gold, silver and platinum can be extracted from sewage to prevent a small fortune being flushed down the toilet, according to The Telegraph. An eight-year study by the US Geological Survey found that levels of precious metals in faeces were comparable with those found in some commercial mines. In fact, mining all of Britain’s excretions could produce waste metals which are worth around £510 million a year. Trace amounts of metals are found in cosmetics, shampoos and even clothes. Some food and drinks also now contain flakes of gold or silver. Tiny metal particles can also become dislodged from cutlery and from the gold and silver medical diagnostic tools which are used by doctors. Jewellery which is accidentally flushed down the toilet also finds its way into the sewage system, as does run off from local metal industries. Scientists in the US believe that stripping human excrement of metals would not only provide a lucrative source of income, but would mean that waste could be more safely used as fertiliser. Dr Kathleen Smith of the US Geological Survey said: “If you can get rid of some of the nuisance metals that currently limit how much of these biosolids we can use on fields and forests, and at the same time recover valuable metals and other elements, that’s a win-win. “There are metals everywhere. They are in your hair care products, detergents, even nanoparticles that are put in socks to prevent bad odours.”


IN BRIEF TAYLOR SWIFT BUYS PORN DOMAINS Taylor Swift has purchased two porn site domains, according to Entertainment Wise. The pop goddess has reportedly purchased the rights to two rather questionable websites, and so that no one else out there can make money off her name, or porn. The Blank Space hitmaker, who was recently threatened by hackers claiming to have nude pics of her, made the purchase before .porn, .suck, and other domain suffixes become available to the public on 1 June. According to CNN, the same goes for tech giants Microsoft who snapped up and They don’t come cheap, however, as the can domains cost up to $2,500 to register. The move comes as nonprofit group Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers decided to expand the types of domains available, offering businesses the chance to create websites without the typical domains of .com and .net. Of course, for squeaky clean stars like Taylor, 25, the idea of having your name attached to sites ending in .porn or .adult isn’t exactly desirable, which is why public figures and companies have been offered the chance to register them before anyone else can. The general public will have access to the sites in just under three months, and unless Taylor and her team do something before then, the website will be available.

Happy year According to researchers at security firm Yale, 34 is the age at which the majority of 2,000 people polled said they were most happy. Participants cited job security, a stable romantic relationship and the ability to start a family as key factors. “With the average age we’re happiest coming out in the mid-thirties, it suggests the feeling of being settled in your work and personal life while still looking to the future is important,” researcher Nigel Fisher said.

Bricking it The world’s worst car thief in Ireland got a taste of his own medicine in an attempt to smash a car window. After trying and failing with a small stone, the criminal returned with a brick to throw at the parked white Mercedes – but the brick bounced back, knocking him out in the process. The owner of the car found him passed out by the car without explanation.

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There’s someone in the office who talks really loud and is very distracting when I’m trying to work. He’s a nice guy and I don’t know how to tell him to keep it down without hurting his feelings. Should I just take the easy route and email the boss? Melissa Torquay

I have got my appraisal coming up and I’m really nervous about it as it’s something we didn’t really do in my previous role. I don’t know what’s expected of me or what I should hope to get out of it. Fran, Scarborough

It might be the easiest option to simply send an email to your boss, but there is no guarantee that your colleague won’t know it was you who complained anyway. Be honest; email your colleague direct and ask if he could keep it down. Be light-hearted about it and you shouldn’t hurt his feelings. He will probably appreciate your going straight to him instead of reporting him to the boss.

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If you’ve been doing your job to the best of your ability, there is really nothing to be nervous about. Appraisals are an opportunity for your employers to give you feedback on your progress and for you to highlight any issues you’ve had. It’s also a chance to blow your own trumpet, so go prepared with a list of your achievements for the year – it could just get you a pay rise.

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JOB NEWS ISES MEAGRE PAY R 015 FORECAST IN 2 ng ployers are planni Private-sector em r staff of just two pe pay increases to pay rding to data from cent in 2015, acco ost HR. Although alm analysts at Xpert ning a ns in 10 are plan eight organisatio xt year, staff over the ne pay increase for does creases expected the level of the in e optimism. mute some of th rd e across-the-boa However, while th is y to remain low, th pay rises are likel see employees won’t is not to say that r their pay. It’s clea other increases in ability ill don’t have the that employers st ; eases to everyone to pay higher incr ion tment and retent instead, the recrui organisations are issues that many with being addressed experiencing are e in to pay being mad one-off increases s. particular hot spot

GET SACKED AT LEAST ONCE Recent advice from the editor of Am erican Vogue on how to be a “winner” (fro m book edited by Alastair Campbell), includ es the tip: “Everyone should get sacked at least once,” according to The Telegraph. Wintour credits her abrupt removal from Harper’s Bazaar when she was a low ly fashion assistant in 1976 for spurrin g her on to the giddy peaks of fashion Olymp ia. The late Steve Jobs said much the sam e about his ousting from Apple, the com pany he co-founded, at the age of 30: “I did n’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The hea viness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again.” And Jobs’s return to Apple was one of the most triumphant second acts in history. So as terrible as it may seem at the time, that invitation to hit the pavement may well turn out to be an influential moment in your hugely successful career. If you’ve already had the boot in the past, it might be time to reflect on what you did and ensure that behaviour is no longer a part of your everday working life.

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Employers are split over the future of employment tribunal fees, which have resulted in a substantial 70% drop in the number of employment tribunal claims made by employees since July 2013. Research by the CIPD found that the majority of employers (38%) said it should be left as it is, but a similar number (36%) believe that the fees should be either significantly reduced or abolished altogether and a quarter (27%) were undecided on what should be done. The report, Conflict Management: A Shift in Direction?,is based on a survey of 1,000 employers and highlights the CIPD’s call for business to take a more proactive approach to managing conflicts while exploring the impact of legislative changes, such as fees. Commenting on the report, the Business Secretary Vince Cable said:“It’s vital that the employment tribunal system strikes the right balance between employee and employer protection. The fact that employers are so split over whether the introduction of tribunal fees has been a good or a bad thing further reinforces the need for a review.”



Analysis fro m Partners hip sugges that 6.1 mil ts lion 40-65 y e a r o lds could miss out on rece iv in g state pensio the full n due to in sufficient contributio n years. Th e average person age d 40-65 anti cipates the will be in fu y ll-time emp loyment for 37 years but 28% wil l have worked for fewer than 30 years (th minimum n e eeded). Wo men (39%) are more li kely to face this issue than men (1 4%). Those in Wales (35%) are th e most like ly to have insufficient contributio n years while Londoners (19%) are le a st likely to need to wo rry about th is problem. The largest groups of p eople who were ‘not in full time em ployment for more th an a month ’ said they took time o ut to raise c h ildren (38%), had medical iss u e s which meant they could not w o rk (28%) or were unem ployed (27% ).

THEY SAID “I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early” Charles Lamb

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Whether booking travel for your executive or asking for a pay rise, negotiation skills are imperative. Negotiation expert ELDONNA LEWIS-FERNANDEZ has some critical strategies for emerging victorious in any important discussion PROJECT CONFIDENCE THROUGH PREPARATION Many people think they need to show a certain kind of confidence, being loud or brazen, to successfully negotiate a deal. Others think that experience is required. Most of the time it merely takes tenacity and good old preparation to ensure you are aptly equipped to assert mutually desirable terms, anticipate objections, and discern what motivators or ‘hot buttons’ will resonate with your opponent. Projecting confidence also means having heart, which is endearing to others whether or not you have years of negotiation experience. This can also result in the opposition having a less defensive stance, making them more amenable to your stipulations. Projecting confidence, and backing that up with solid, well-researched information, will help ensure you prevail. UNDERSTAND THAT EVERYTHING IS NEGOTIABLE When you think like a negotiator, everything is negotiable! It’s a mindset you have to operate from in order to become not just a good negotiator, but a great one. When you decide that the terms for anything can be changed in your favour, a world of opportunity presents. As with most things in life, there will be rules to adhere to with each deal on the table, which are needed to evade chaos and keep discussions on track. However, even rules are negotiable! They can be modified if you simply propose an ethical, viable and mutually beneficial alternative solution. Powerful negotiators are rule breakers! CREATE A STRONG FOUNDATION BY BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS FIRST This is probably one of the most important things an individual can do in regards to negotiation and in business in general. Perhaps you have attended the standard “networking” event where you give dozens of cards out without having a real conversation with anyone. It’s time to slow down and start making real connections with people—particularly those you might be involved in a deal with later on. Find out something about them and their lives. Get personal. Much useful information can be gleaned during casual conversation, including what they value in life, what motivates them, what annoys

“Projecting confidence will help ensure you prevail.” them, their ethics, etc. Find out something about them, personally, and not just their business. You might be surprised how well you can leverage what you learn through a genuine conversation with someone. ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT There is one key truth in negotiations: you must ask for what you want. Sounds simple enough, but in practice it can often be daunting. People naturally fear rejection or were taught not to be greedy as children, so we instinctively refrain from asking for things. However, in business, rejection is never personal—it’s merely a reflection that you did not present a viable argument substantiating why you should get what you want. If you hear ‘no’, it’s the offer that is being rejected, not you, so keep emotions in check and re-calibrate your approach. Take heart in knowing that people say no an average of 3 times before they say ‘yes’. The only way to master rejection is to get rejected and keep asking. USE THE POWER OF SILENCE Talking too much is a sure-fire way to kill a deal. There’s an old adage that says “he or she who speaks next loses.” When discussing a deal, if you simply stop talking and get comfortable with the awkwardness of silence, your ability to win your argument, sell the product, or get concession in the negotiation increases significantly. DOCUMENT EVERYTHING The importance of getting the final agreement in writing cannot be stressed enough. Even better, consult with a contracts attorney to review contractual documents or any that require a signature. The purpose of a written agreement or contract is to provide protection for both sides and alleviate any ambiguity of terms. A myriad of problems can occur when the terms of a deal are not put in writing. Documenting the agreement eliminates such perception problems and protects the interests of all parties involved.

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Life coach and cultural commentator ANDY WILLIAMS challenges you to face your fears at work and conquer them with four pieces of wisdom to help you affect positive change in your life 1. DEFINE AND DEBUNK YOUR FEARS. Acting upon something with an unknown result can be an uneasy feeling, especially if something of value is at stake. But, what exactly are you afraid of? The amount of work involved for you? The potential financial loss if it doesn’t work out? The possibility of being perceived as a failure? Start by defining your fears with specifically, either in your mind or, better, by writing them down. During this process, be sure you conceive what you believe to be the “worst case scenario” and the probability of that coming to fruition. The worst case scenario rarely plays out, so you can rest easier on that front. Once all of your fears are itemized, for each and every one detail how you would move past it if it were to materialize. Determining the likelihood of each feared event and how each would be dealt with can give you an invigorating sense of reassurance. 2. EMBRACE FEAR. Many people are deterred from taking risks because of the fear of failure, disappointment and others’ perception of the failure. However, while failure is not something that anyone wants to experience, it statistically increases your chances of success. Did you know nine out of 10 startup companies fail, and that the average millionaire goes bankrupt at least 3.5 times? So, statistically speaking, some would say that the more times you fail the higher chance you have of succeeding the next time. With fear, the key is to not only identify it, but actually take control and use it to drive you towards that which you covet from afar, stagnated by inaction. And, most importantly, never make a decision based on fear. I actually assert that you should appreciate fear as, without it, your achievement or success wouldn’t be so rewarding if fear wasn’t there to serve as a barometer and provide perspective on what was attained. Moreover, how boring life would be without fear. The process of understanding your fears, taking calculated risks, and achieving the

“Failure statistically increases your chances of success”

success or parlaying the failure into something positive is a far more rewarding journey than a life lived without any risk-taking, regardless of the outcome. 3. KNOW WHEN TO PUT FEAR ASIDE AND TAKE A RISK. Don’t quit your job or end an important relationship on a whim! All justifiable risks have a time and a place – and that’s certainly not all day, every day. Ideal situations for risk taking are those where you have the time and/or resources needed to “rescue” yourself should your pre-determined worst case scenario present. The risks with the most at stake are also best taken when time is on your side and you can put contingency efforts—Plan B, C, and D—in place if needed. It’s also better to take a big risk when you are stable, such as when finances and life circumstances are on your side— optimally when you have a support system should things take a turn for the worse. All of that said, there is another ideal circumstance for a big risk that’s actually quite the opposite: when your back is against the wall, and you don’t have that much to lose. When your only way out is up, it’s time to take that leap of faith. 4. LEVERAGE FAILURE, DON’T FEAR IT. Focusing on the positive is where your mindset should be, however, should you fail, you do need to deal with that reality in a constructive way. The most important aspect of leveraging failure is knowing exactly why you failed. Dissect the situation and identify all possible and real causes of the breakdown. It can also be helpful to enlist the help of a third party, such as a friend, family member, colleague or a consultant or life coach, who can lend objective outside perspective and provide neutral insight. Sometimes it’s difficult to “see the forest through the trees.” Only from a comprehensive understanding of what went wrong can you move forward with the same confidence with which you started. The second most important part is not losing hope. Don’t let failure consume you, but rather use it as a learning tool and a resource that will help you attain your next goal.

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The original rogue trader talks about the collapse of Barings Bank 20 years later and its unfortunate timing with a special day


pon his release from prison - and after treatment for colon cancer - Leeson went to university to study a psychology degree, wrote books, commissioned a film of his story (Rogue Trader, in which he he was played by Ewan McGregor) and moved to Ireland, away from the media glare. But most important of all, he took the time to understand exactly what drove him to gamble away fortunes of other people’s money. Well remunerated on the after dinner speaker circuit and happily remarried with a 10-year-old son, Leeson’s future is anything but bleak. But while his life is comfortable, he is lacking in the exhilaration that the banking sector provided him on an hourly basis.

I’ve heard that your birthday coincides with the scandal. Is that a constant thorn in your side?

It’s so far in the past that I don’t have any baggage attached to it, so you know if I’m being entirely honest [the anniversary] is just another day. The fact is the 23rd of February is the day that I went on the run, 24th February Barings informed the Bank of England that they were insolvent, the 25th, which is my birthday, in 1995 was a Saturday and that’s the day it first started to hit the newspapers that the bank had collapsed. So it’s one and the same for me. Every year has been an anniversary for me. I can’t distance the two.

How do you deal with the scandal and people’s perception of you?


Part of the recovery is being accountable and taking full responsibility. I think if you get to that stage you’ve got a base with which to move forward. That’s where you’ve got to get to. It doesn’t matter if you’re an alcoholic or a drug addict or a reformed banker, you have to be accountable and responsible for your actions otherwise you’ve got a very depressing future.

Do you miss banking?


I miss the excitement but I would never go back, even if it were possible. That opportunity will never happen, so I won’t head back. But I look back on all the things that happened and it was the thing that made me sick and ended up with me being in jail. So I don’t miss it that much. I’m happy to play the cards I’m dealt.

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Starts 16 April Mad Men’s final season is to hit screens in the UK this April. Despite feeling bitter about another final season being split into two, we’ve been told the hotly anticipated finale won’t disappoint. With the same twists and turns and more than a dash of nostalgia, don’t miss the US’s classiest drama to date, which appears on Sky Atlantic.

Released 4 May With no banjos to be heard, this new album from the Mumfords marks a complete departure from the sound we’re so used to. Instead, the band is sharing a heavier more electric sound that features guitar solos from guitarist Winston Marshall on epic-sounding tracks like ‘Ditmas’ and ‘Snake Eyes’. The influence of The National could also be heard on the emotive ‘Monster’ and ‘Hot Gates’. The sound has so far divided critics so we’ll let you decide whether you give it the thumbs up or not.

POWER HOUR CARDIO TENNIS We’ve all enjoyed a hybrid workout class in our time but Cardio Tennis has to one of the most original. Developed in the USA in 2005, the LTA launched it here two years ago. It involves a series of tennisbased drills accompanied by fast tempo music and takes place on a tennis court. Classes keep things fun and engaging by encouraging plenty of interaction with your fellow racket swingers. Aside from the novelty of beefing up the cardio in tennis it offers serious benefits with participants burning more than 500 calories an hour.

BOOK THIS BÓ DRAKE Did somebody say fusion food? Very well, stick this in your gastronomic pipe. Far from joining the hackneyed ranks of fly-by-night novelty restaurants that seem to spring up with alarming regularity, this place is the real deal and will keep you coming back for more. This Korean and Mexican inspired ‘East Asian barbecue’ provides an evening out to remember. Don’t leave without trying the smoked brisket bao or the kimchi quesadillas. 6 Greek Street London

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PA JANE SCAYSBROOK reveals the slightly less than completely honest process of writing your CV

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k, so we’ve all done it, lied on our CV. Most of us have to exaggerate a little to enhance what experience we have, especially if we’ve just graduated or have been in the same job for a while. But the other day, when helping a close friend update her CV, I had to ask myself; what constitutes a ‘lie’ when it comes to CV writing and what would be better described as being ‘economic with the truth’? Small exaggerations such as “excellent IT skills” and “proficient with MS Office” in my view are fine, even if your knowledge only stretches to typing a letter in word, you can learn on the job right? I remember sitting down on the first day of my first ever admin job and being given a huge spreadsheet of data to ‘de-dupe’ and ‘collate’. My new boss smiled at me knowingly and said “it’s so refreshing to have someone who can use Excel at an advanced level. The agency is always sending through these young girls who don’t even know what a pivot table is.” My declaration of “advanced Excel skills” came straight off the CV after that. A bit of swotting and some help from my spreadsheet-geek boyfriend solved my problem. But as my friend enthusiastically writes “conversational Mandarin” on her CV, I can’t help but wonder how far the truth can be stretched before the cracks start to show. Hmm. It’s all very well bending the truth a little to make your CV stand out from the hundreds of other candidates applying for the job, but if you do get an interview, then what? And if you somehow manage to blag your way through that and are selected for the job, will you be up to it? This is the rule I now apply when updating my CV: You can exaggerate with adjectives you use to describe how well you can do something, but you can’t actually list anything you don’t currently know how to do (even if you think you could figure it out). I think that most employers probably expect you to tell a few innocent porkies on your CV, but the key is not to get too carried away; you’ll only end up looking foolish. Honesty, as always, is the best policy.

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