For pretty much all of the 30+ years that I’ve been in business, I have employed the power of collaboration.
Before I did what I do now, I ran an engineering business based in Kent. It was my family business, I was the fourth generation of my family to work in it, and I started there […]
just started to play with a new “toy” that I bought recently. So far, it seems
like it may be one of the coolest computer things I’ve done since I changed
from PC to Mac.
a software package called MacSpeech Dictate, and the amazing thing is, it
actually works! I’ve used computer dictation software before, and spent far
more time […]
So, George Osborne has done his thing, we've had the "Emergency" Budget, and now all the pontificators, pundits & politicians are giving us the benefit of their "analysis".
Except that the majority of the "analysis" is nothing of the sort – more accurately it is opinion and speculation about what is good, bad or indifferent about […]
Did you see Question Time on BBC1 on Thursday night?
It was pretty incredible. On one side of David Dimbleby sat Michael Heseltine and Simon Hughes, together representing the new Liberal-Conservative (note big C) progressive coalition government.
On the other side were ranged the entire gamut of conservatism (small c), represented by Labour peer Lord Falconer, Daily […]
As I'm writing this, there is still no conclusion to the "everyday story of Westminster folk."
If it had been presented on a stage, the last few days would have borne more than a passing resemblance to one of Brian Rix's Whitehall farces.
People entering and leaving the stage in rapid succession. Appearing through one door, leaving […]
Have you noticed how people often fail to take best advantage of the opportunities they have in life because they are fearful of the consequences? Or rather, they are fearful of what they think the consequences might possibly be in some kind of worst case scenario, that they create in their heads.
I know I've done […]
So, it's all over bar the shouting – or perhaps, given the apparently calm (in public, at least) way in which the three main parties are exploring their coalition options, it's more accurate to say, it's all over bar the very polite, respectful conversations.
For me there are two things of particular interest in the way […]
A while ago, on the train into work, I overheard a man sitting opposite me make a phone call.
Now, I don’t make a habit of listening to other people’s conversations, but as you probably know, it’s not always that easy not to overhear them on the train.
He was evidently speaking to a colleague whom he […]
In his excellent recent book "59 Seconds: Think a little, Change a lot", Professor Richard Wiseman describes research done in the 1990s into the effect of praise on children.
The investigation carried out at Columbia University involved over 400 children between 10 and 12 and from a range of backgrounds.
The key finding of a series […]
From a Behavioural and Influencing point of view, the reaction of politicians to the outcome of the first UK election Leaders Debate is fascinating.
The Tories in particular are running around like headless chickens – they seem to have no clue how to respond to the boost in support for the LibDems that has resulted from […]
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