Monthly Archives: August 2007

Training – “as welcome as a cockroach in my salad”

If you want to read a really funny blog, you should visit Harry Hutton’s “Chase me, ladies, I’m in the cavalry“. Here’s what he thinks about training: Have to go to another of their stinking training days in a minute. … Continue reading

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A bias towards inaction

Here’s another of those random thoughts I had during a meeting yesterday. Organisations spend much more time, energy and cash on talking about what they are going to do, and then making the plans look good, than they do actually making it happen. … Continue reading

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Corporate chess

Who are the kings and pawns in your office?   Hat Tip: The Corporate Whore

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TV dramas rarely feature the world of work

There was a piece on Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday on the lack of good novels about the business world. It was the last item and the BBC can’t be bothered to stick the recording on their website so I … Continue reading

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HR – too wimpish to drive organisations

The Chartered institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is gearing up for its annual conference. In this suitably gung-ho statement it says: It’s no longer enough for HR to facilitate what organisations do. Great HR should drive what organisations can achieve … Continue reading

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Room for diversity

Here’s a strange story from the USA. It seems that accountancy and management consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers tried to scrimp on its diversity provisions. Employers in the USA are being encouraged to provide ‘lactating rooms’ where women can go during the … Continue reading

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Summer colds – should be a law against ‘em!

I seem to have come down with a cold, which is why there hasn’t been much on here for the past couple of days. A cold! In August! Never would’ve happened when I were a lad. Back then, t’ sun … Continue reading

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The Tories and Red Tape

The Conservative Party’s Economic Competitiveness Policy Group has published its report Freeing Britain to Compete. The full report is in this PDF – ecpgcomplete1.pdf. The paper has a whole chapter on business regulation and the need to get rid of red tape. Businessmen … Continue reading

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Email stress? Pah!

Another study ‘proving’ that email is stressing us all out. For God’s sake, get a grip. As I said before, if you know who its from or it looks important or interesting, open it. If not, ignore it. In the … Continue reading

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Culture shock

All this week, The Telegraph has been running its Summer Business School; a series of articles on business and management. Like many of these newspaper pieces, they have sat on my desk waiting to be read and I have only just … Continue reading

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