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A LEADER OBSESSED WITH FEEDBACK. Our boss has just returned from a management course, and he's become obsessive about asking us how we're doing, offering us appraisals, banging on about EQ and insisting on weekly group discussions to tell both him and each other how we're all feeling.

by Jeremy Bullmore

It's driving us nuts, and it hasn't improved our abilities to get the job done. Should we risk telling him that we were happier as we were?

A: Oh, dear. I'm slightly reassured to learn that he's only 'just' returned from this management course. Much your best hope is that his zeal has all the staying power of a New Year's resolution and will soon exhaust itself.

However, it might be to everyone's advantage if that process could be accelerated. I don't know much about EQ (except that, mysteriously, it seems to stand for Emotional Intelligence) but I believe that many of its advocates argue that the best way of developing awareness of your own emotions is not through exchanging thoughts with others but through meditation. So why not thank your boss for introducing you to EQ and suggest that, instead of the weekly group discussions, you all commit yourselves to five minutes' meditation every morning? (It is one of meditation's greatest strengths that it is impossible for others to know what you are meditating about - or indeed, if you are.)

- Please address your problems to Jeremy Bullmore at: Management Today, 174 Hammersmith Road, London W6 7JP.

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