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Should You Be Saying More?

2014 July 17
by Prosperos World

This fun little film from Kid President takes a look at things we should all think about saying more often. There’s some real wisdom in there, as well as delightful flights of fancy. Remember, ‘ barbecue sauce on your shirt’ is a metaphor, don’t go looking for barbecue sauce to comment on (but the corndog thing, that’s serious).

Once you’ve given some thought to things you  should say more often, move on to the next level and start thinking about things you could be doing more often – it’ll make you even more awesome.

 

What It’s Like To Be In The Action

2014 July 7
by Prosperos World

A drone’s eye view of a firework display

The 70′s have eaten themselves …

2014 July 2
by Prosperos World

The British do do irony, but do these guys need ironing instead?

 

Increasing The Pool Of Engineering Talent

2014 June 26
by Prosperos World

There is a huge untapped pool of people who could excel in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths fields.  Parents, teachers, family members and friends can and do steer people away from areas where they could excel, and make a major contribution to the economy.  Sometimes people do this on purpose, but mostly it’s done out of ignorance.  

Make sure you’re not the person getting in the way of a child’s success, or holding your country’s economy back for the long term with outdated thinking.

Do You Have A Troublesome SuperStar In Your Office?

2014 June 23
by Prosperos World

Everybody loves what Luis Suarez does on his best days on the football pitch, but he’s not necessarily someone you’d like to share an office with day to day.  His reputation for cheating, selfishness and temper tantrums is as great as that for his remarkable footballing talent.

We’ve all worked with people who have something of an ego, and a bit of a temper, but also have many redeeming features.  The Uruguayan bank Abitab imagined what it would be like to sign Luis Suarez to work in their business, in the office and at a bank counter…

 

How would you cope with a Luis Suarez on your team?

Internet Trends 2014

2014 May 28
by Prosperos World

Hot off the press from the seminal Mary Meeker

Dr Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman, RIP

2014 May 28
by Prosperos World

The world will miss the phenomenal Dr Maya Angelou

 

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Followers In Search Of A Leader

2014 May 22
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by Prosperos World

Leaders come in all shapes and sizes.  Often in organisations we see would be leaders searching for ways to engage followers and would be followers waiting around for someone to lead them.  Sometimes it takes real courage to be a leader, particularly when your followership base isn’t easily identifiable or even aware that they are part of a group with shared interests and objectives.

Today would be Harvey Milk‘s birthday, as a leader who had a follower base that was afraid to come out in public he changed the debate in California, and made it easier for others to speak up and to lead.

You can lead in your organisation, even if there’s no leadership requirement in your job description.

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When Hiring The Wrong Person Is The Right Choice

2014 May 21
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by Prosperos World

Sometimes hiring the wrong person for the job is a disaster.  It’s important to avoid such disasters by thinking through your recruitment processes and making sure any new employee is inducted professionally.

Sometimes you’re presented with a candidate for a job who is all sorts of wrong, but somehow has enough “right stuff” to make you want to rethink what you really need for a role.  Sometimes you’re not presented with a candidate at all, you’re just introduced to someone with a great set of skills who you think could do great things if you could shape a job around those skills.

Here Dustin Hoffman thanks Mike Nichols for completely ignoring the character specification for the lead role in The Graduate.  Any quick sift of CVs by a junior would surely rule out an unknown short, scrawny Jewish actor when looking to meet the specification for a tall, athletic, well known white Anglo-Saxon protestant.  It pays to go back through the slush pile now and again.

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What Does Your Organisation Think Is Important?

2014 May 20
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by Prosperos World

This delightful little film is really useful if you’re going to live or work in Sweden for any length of time.   When we’re working in Sweden (and it’s something we love doing), we’ll always make time for “Fika”.

The animation may only tell you ten things, but the fact that those are the ten things that Swedish people think are worth making sure people know about before they arrive, tells you plenty about life in Sweden.

Settle down, grab a coffee, a cinnamon bun and a friend or two and enjoy what Sweden has to say about itself.  Then, as you finish your bun, tell us what you think people should know about your country?

Then get back to work and think about what the equivalent film would be if it was an induction movie designed to introduce people to the unique culture at your organisation.  What would you warn a newcomer from a completely different industry about, what would you think they’d be delighted to find?

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