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Lessons from India: what two weeks of yoga, meditation and self-help books taught me about recruitment and life (yes, seriously)

There is absolutely no point setting goals and targets if you aren’t committed to achieving them.

If something is worth doing, then it must be done. Don’t just agree that it would be nice to make it happen – decide you are going to do it. Write it down somewhere you’ll see it every day. Visualise how you will feel and what you will gain when you achieve it. Plan how you are going to get there.

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Do millennials really want bean bags?

A quick glance at pretty much any Business section confirms it: millennials have a terrible workplace reputation. Received wisdom holds that we’re fickle, disloyal, uninterested, slow-learning, and deeply obsessed with beanbags. The following extract, from a recent Telegraph article called “The Problem with Millennials in the Workplace”, sings at the general pitch:

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This isn’t a sham(my)! This graduate career opportunity will really test your grey matter, not your patter!

The emblem of the sales industry, for me, has always been David Brent, in the mournful third series of The Office. Sacked and in constant disgrace, Brent is now selling cleaning products out of his car boot. We see him, haggard and paunchy, eulogising a dish cloth to a bewildered caretaker. “Because of the texture and quality of the shammy,” he exclaims, scrubbing at an invisible stain on a wall, “that’s coming off with tap water!”. The customer does not seem convinced. We suspect Brent may be sleeping in his car.

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