At a recent HR event we got talking with Sir Cary Cooper about work, about millennials, and about football. He’s a passionate Manchester City fan, and had just seen his team progress in the Champions League, but he was also keen to talk to us about Leicester City’s remarkable season (which has kept on being remarkable). The comparison in question was… Read More »
Sometimes you just need to be brave, and do that thing that needs to be done. Whether it’s a salesperson knuckling down to call new prospect, or to let a customer know their delivery won’t happen as promised, or a manger mustering courage to have a tough conversation with an employee about their performance the workplace needs us to… Read More »
We’ve come a long way baby … Life was also pretty scary back then.
After the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January this year, world leaders gathered to march in support of freedom of speech. One small Israeli news sheet, HaMevaser, opted to Photoshop out the female leaders in its photo of the scene to avoid offending its readers. It was initially hard to tell, but close inspection showed some really shoddy digital… Read More »
This week the USA has reached pay equality this week. Perhaps not in the way you hoped, but this week everyone will be staring work knowing that since January 1 2014, they’ve earned as much as a white non-hispanic male earned between January 1 and December 31 2014. OK, so it’s taken Latina women an… Read More »
What descriptor do you use to describe the people who work in your organisation? Employees, workers, staff, group, team, family? Or do you stick with the literal, neutral term and call them – people? The term that is most dangerous to use is family, and not because of its alliterative relation, happy. When an organisation… Read More »
When people think of brands it’s not long before they get to Coca-Cola as an example of one that has taken over the world. This little film gives you a potted history of the development of the brand, including the dark, dark days of “New Coke” (you’ll be surprised how few days that disaster lasted)… Read More »
One of Sweden’s best known global companies has stolen a march on Apple, getting their launch out well ahead of Apple’s much anticipated announcement of a new iPhone on 9 September. Taking the Apple style of product announcement, with upbeat music and hands on product demo Ikea introduce the BookBook. Early adopters report none of the… Read More »
The National Geographic pulled together an amazing array of statistics globally to produce a picture of the world in one person. How close to typical are you? How close will you be in 2030?
Flight of Passage: – A Relentless Short Story is a short narrated by Beta Band frontman Steve Mason featuring skateboarder Ben Nordberg. Directed by James Gardner, this short is slightly magical because of how seamlessly the story of Steve’s rise and Ben’s ultra-relaxed skate style weave together to highlight how perseverance, persistence and dedication are… Read More »
How to create emotional stakeholders by implementing new ways of managing, motivating, developing and coaching your people. Employees need a new psychological contract with their employer. The Boomers, Xers, Yers and Nexters all have different motivations, and they need to be engaged with to get the best from them. What You Need A new, tailor made psychological contract that will include the following: effective and… Read More »
There is an interesting article about Apple in the latest edition of Fortune magazine. If you don’t want to buy the magazine you can download just the article to your PC from Amazon (you don’t need a Kindle). Apple is the world’s current poster company. It does cool things, it makes heaps of money, it has… Read More »
The political pages are full of talk of sibling rivalry, inter-family conflict and the psychological damage that family members can do to each other in work situations. Ed winning the Labour Party leadership over his older brother David looked unlikely back in the spring, but it’s a reality now. The big decision the brothers’ face… Read More »
If you’re reading this whilst out of work or you know someone (especially a young person) who is looking for work please pass it on. In our outplacement work we have found these to be significant drivers in peoples’ success rate when attending the job interview*. Use These Phrases At The Appropriate Time I am… Read More »