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Gentle prod or kick up the backside? Learn from Monty Python, Dodgeball and Brass Eye.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

If you’re battling a powerful business rival, you want your troops on focus not on their weaknesses but promoting your strengths. After all, the opposition may be stronger than you think. As Monty Python’s People’s Front of Judea shows, best avoid asking: ‘What has x ever done for us?’

Every star performer suffers self-doubt. If you encounter a team member who is struggling to raise their game, a good leader will be swift to recognise this and offer them some inspirational wisdom. Failing that, shame them into action. Just watch cycling legend Lance Armstrong in Dodgeball.

And if all else fails, there are more draconian ways to drive under-performers. As to the wisdom of applying the Brass Eye method in the corporate world, we’ll leave that up to you. After all, shaving eyebrows and forcing staff to bury furniture probably contravenes some silly law or other.

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