Monthly Archives: January 2009

Cognitive biases: It’s a miracle that we get anything right!

I liked this two-liner from historian Niall Ferguson in yesterday’s Observer: We historians are increasingly using experimental psychology to understand the way we act. It is becoming very clear that our ability to evaluate risk is hedged by all sorts … Continue reading

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It’s official: The War for Talent is over

Well….. sort of official. The boss of one of the biggest finance recruitment firms has said so anyway. Robert Thesiger, chief executive of headhunters Morgan McKinley, has declared that the War for Talent is over after a survey revealed that the number of … Continue reading

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Why public sector cuts fall on frontline services

The news that local authorities have already started shedding jobs has come as something of a surprise. Conventional wisdom has it that public sector employment is, to an extent, counter-cyclical and that governments tend to avoid cutting public spending until the … Continue reading

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Are you a Kate or a Katie?

Here’s a thought provoking question from Tim Tyrell-Smith at Career Hub. Are you a Kate or a Katie? [W]e don’t name ourselves.  Our parents do.  And that name is usually chosen for you well in advance of your birth.  But, … Continue reading

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Haringey throws out Shoesmith’s appeal

News just in. Haringey has rejected Sharon Shoesmith’s appeal against her dismissal. That is not at all surprising. As I said when Ms Shoesmith was sacked, the council’s bosses probably knew that that they were likely to face an unfair dismissal claim but … Continue reading

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Primark in trouble again over sweatshop labour

Here’s a sign of the times. Last year, cheapo fashion chain Primark got it’s knuckles rapped for buying goods made by child labour in Indian sweatshops. As a result of the row, Primark dropped its contractors like hot potatoes. But now … Continue reading

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Toxic debt explained

Via Jo’s blog, I discovered this video by Paddy Hirsch, formerly a corporate finance writer for Standard and Poor’s. He uses champagne glass pyramids to explain collateralised debt obligations (CDOs). The video shows how asset managers created CDOs made up of CDOs. These secondary … Continue reading

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Status and well-being

Sorry for the lack of stuff on here over the past week. I have been otherwise engaged. This post from Chris Dillow caught my eye. Some new research by the Institute for the Study of Labor suggests that promotion at work … Continue reading

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No redundancy pay for Woolies’ Channel Islands staff

Most people probably don’t realise that a lot of UK employment law doesn’t apply in the Channel Islands. I only know because I did a couple of projects over there. There is a lot less employment legislation than on the mainland.  … Continue reading

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The Death of the Bollocking

Jonathan pointed me to this article in Management Today. It’s a couple of months old now but if I hadn’t seen it, chances are a lot of others haven’t either. It’s called Death of the Bollocking and it’s a complaint about … Continue reading

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