Archives for April 2013

What did you Learn at School Today?

Education is important; nobody would disagree with that.  It is a sensible use of our taxes. But if we are spending all that money on education, it is also sensible to make sure it isn’t going to waste, it is sensible to make sure we are getting the best from your school system and teachers. […]

Serious Business

I travel to London on the train more regularly than is pleasant At the end of each journey a steward passes through the carriages with a big plastic bag, collecting the rubbish.  They never look too enamored with their job. This morning the steward entered the carriage and announced with a flourish: Any rubbish Laptops iPads Mobile […]

Fear or Boredom?

My daughter is learning to play the flute.  As far as musical instruments go the flute is without a shadow of a doubt the best your child can learn. I am still emotionally scared by my sister’s attempts to play the violin 30 years ago and a friend of mine was foolish enough to buy […]

Payback Time

Maz Iqbal told me a great story this week…. Imagine you were an employee of a large business.  You worked in a factory, or a shop, or a warehouse or maybe you were an agent in a call centre. A big call centre where they measured your every move: how long your calls were how long […]

Can You Have Too Much Information?

We live in a world of big data.  We are all collecting information, compiling it and then trying to work out how to use it to our best advantage. So of course we want to see all the information available and then some, before a decision is made.  The more information we have the happier […]

What do You Believe?

Belief (noun): an acceptance that something is true, usually without proof a strongly held opinion, something accepted as real or true a religious conviction We all have beliefs, things that we hold to be true, it is our way of making sense of the world. Our beliefs are usually based on something we have seen […]

Red Tape and the Duke of Wellington

Whilst marching from Portugal to a position which commands the  approach to Madrid and the French forces, my officers have been diligently complying with your requests which have been sent by H.M. ship from London to Lisbon and thence by dispatch to our headquarters. We have enumerated our saddles, bridles, tents and tent poles, and […]

Old Wives Tales and Conventional Wisdom

I spent Easter with my mother, siblings, their spouses and eight children. The weather was truly awful. I caught my daughter singing; “I’m dreaming of a white Easter”.  In the bleak North of England it snowed on Good Friday. There are few things as unpleasant as 8 children running around a house screaming.   So despite the weather […]

5 Easy Ways to Increase Employee Engagement

This is a guest post by Stan Phelps After studying 1,001 examples of companies that give little unexpected extras to employees, here are 5 easy ways to increase engagement from the new book, “What’s Your Green Goldfish – Beyond Dollars: 15 Ways to Drive Employee Engagement and Reinforce Culture” 1. Onboarding You never get a […]