When more is less!

I read with interest a recent HBR Blog by Ndubuisi Ekekwe entitled “Is Your Smartphone Making You Less Productive?” In the article he stated “There’s an assumption that using smart devices boosts productivity, since they allow us to work constantly. But, we’re also jeopardizing long-term productivity by eliminating predictable time off that ensures balance in […]

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Theory of evolution

It seems the world of business is taking a closer look at the theory of evolution.  Rather than the popular belief that we are driven biologically by self-interest, the default setting for humans is really altruism.  So says US Prof. David Sloan Wilson, who is in UK talking more about his work with the Co-operative […]

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The Changing Face of Exercise

A recent BBC news report stated that: “A headless robot dubbed “Cheetah” has set a new world speed record. According to its owners, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the four-legged machine achieved 18mph on a laboratory treadmill whereas the previous land speed record by a legged robot was 13.1mph.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17269535 Having just watched […]

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To The Rescue!

My heart sank this week upon hearing the sad news of the death of David Rathband, the Cramlington police officer who lost his sight when shot at point blank range by Raul Moat in July 2010. I had previously listened to a radio interview that David gave describing the events of that fateful day when […]

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Consequential development

Here’s a questions for you: What ultimately will make the difference between whether an employee is engaged, or disengaged, at work? Much has been written about learning styles – the different ways that people like to take in information and respond to what’s going on in the world around them. I’ve been reflecting not so […]

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Achieving the Extraordinary

One way and another, I’ve been thinking a lot about employee engagement recently. And more specifically, the question explored by the authors of the Macleod Report into employee engagement: (Engaging for Success: enhancing performance through employee engagement): “…whether a wider take up of engagement approaches could impact positively on UK competitiveness and performance, as part […]

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Radio Gaga

Have you ever listened to one of those radio talk shows where the host raises the  important topic of the day? They have a couple of ‘experts’ with polar opposite opinions debate the issue and then  invite listeners to phone in with their views.   Of course, to make good radio, any comment has to increase the chance of […]

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Rebellion in the Ranks?

The BBC website in the UK ran this headline today: “Lords bid for welfare concessions: The government faces possible defeat in the Lords later, over its plans for a £26,000-a-year cap for households on working-age benefits.” Iain Duncan Smith, Work and Pensions Secretary, has said he is determined his reforms will get through Parliament, but […]

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