Archives for March 2014

Do You Have to Control Everything?

If there is one thing that upsets me… Really upsets me it is being controlled.  Being told where I have to be, when I have to be there, what I need to do, which meeting I need to go to… I hate being controlled. Of course it cuts both ways.  If I am hell-bent on […]

Snakes, Rats and Your H.R. Policies

Have you heard of the Cobra effect? In Victorian times, at the height of the British Empire, the governors of Colonial India were very worried about the number of cobras in Delhi — no self-respecting bureaucrat has a liking of venomous snakes. The governors came up with a plan.  They offered a reward for every […]

How to be a Amazing Manager

I am going to teach you how to be an amazing manager.  These are the secrets that will make you the world’s best boss and put you on the career path to greatness — would I lie? The amazing manager’s 5 point plan: What you need to do is… Get out of your office Talk […]

Stranger Danger

I play it safe On Thursday I spent all day in my boss’s team meeting.  I am a lucky man, I work with people I like… We see the world the same way We laugh at the same jokes We bitch about the same people (admit it, you do too) We moan about the same problems […]

Integrity

ɪnˈtɛgrɪti/ noun the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles — synonyms: honour, sincerity, right-mindedness the state of being whole and undivided — synonyms: unity, coherence, togetherness, undividedness, togetherness, solidarity Have you ever met somebody who lacks integrity? How do they make you feel? Queasy? Ill at ease? Guarded? Stressed? Lack of integrity, it […]

The Wrong Answer

Are your staff stupid? Have you ever asked them to do something so obvious that it simply wasn’t possible to misunderstand?  A nice, easy job.  Something they couldn’t fluff — if they only thought about it for two minutes — yet they still messed it up. Do they ever come back with completely the wrong […]

What Can You Learn From a Murderer?

I’ve just spent an hour playing Cluedo with my children (it felt much longer). Admit it, you’ve played it, the detective game.  The idea is to work out who committed a murder, where they did it and how. I think it was Miss Scarlet in the Hall with the Lead Pipe I think it was […]