Messy Desk v Tidy Desk
13 April 2019
The jury’s out on whether a messy desk is a sign of disorganisation and lower productivity or an indication of creativity. On the one hand we have Albert Einstein, who said: "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"
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The Curse of Interesting Times
04 April 2019
The Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times” seems to have settled heavily over the UK. At the moment I feel it would be nice to have a little gentle dullness and get on with our lives. This week we learned that the government proposes to ask for another Brexit extension. It’s not good news for the UK. Uncertainty is an economic killer and UK business owners and managers are desperate to have clarity and certainty.
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Do Your Employees Sabotage Their Success?
29 March 2019
You might think that there is no career downside to being intelligent. While it is certainly an asset, it isn’t everything. During my years in HR I have come across people who were undoubtedly very bright - but almost robotic.
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De-stressing – Why You Should Get Brahms and Liszt!
21 March 2019
This week we had International Happiness Day. I have no doubt that in these days of acute Brexhaustion more than one eyebrow was cynically raised at the concept. If you’re Brexed out (and who is not?) there is a realisztic (sic) answer and that is to listen to some music. So tune in to music by Brahms and Liszt but don’t get Brahms and Liszt (Cockney rhyming slang for “pissed”)!
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Speeding Up Slow Performers
08 March 2019
Watching Fred (or Freda) carry out work – beautifully, accurately, but painfully, desperately slowly – is a bittersweet experience. Fred/ Freda is an artiste. But it’s really no good producing something absolutely perfectly if Fred’s rate of productivity is only 25% of everyone else’s perfectly adequate and acceptable work. You’ll go bust if you don’t you tackle this type of problem.
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