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Holidays

Holidays

My holidays define how I am feeling about my work. It’s something that I have long understood, and this year has re-affirmed my view. So, what do I mean by that? Surely holidays are holidays, and work is work, and never the twain should meet? That is true up to a point, but what I mean is that if I do think about work when I am on holiday, my feelings at that time are a very good indicator of how I am enjoying my work.

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Social Media as a tool

Social Media as a tool

My daughter has just spent a weekend organising a big social event that will be at the heart of her University’s “Rag Week”, along with half a dozen other students. I have to say that I was highly impressed with her commitment, her practical approach, and the amount of attention to detail that has gone into the event. If her customers – the other students who will attend the event – don’t enjoy it, it won’t be for lack of effort by the organising committee.

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Performances or projects?

Performances or projects?

The 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival is drawing to a close as I write this. If you’ve been to Edinburgh in August, you will have experienced the incredible vibrancy, lunacy, and energy that is the Fringe Festival. With thousands of shows, street theatre (even in the rain), tens of thousands of visitors, and every nook and cranny turned into a performance venue, there can be few events anywhere in the world to match it. Some people go to just a couple of shows, while I know of one person who was in the audience for one hundred and thirty five different shows – comedy, theatre, and music – during the 2011 festival. That’s commitment!

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A simple model for change

A simple model for change

Business Models can help or hinder. Some are so impenetrable that they defy all efforts to understand them. Some are so trivial that they don’t increase understanding at all. I picked up a simple yet helpful one a number of years ago, which is great for covering the important factors when getting started with a change initiative. At that time it was called the four box model, but a colleague subsequently added a fifth box (thanks Jim!) Now, there’s a bargain: 25% extra, at no extra cost!

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Old lessons for a modern World

Old lessons for a modern World

How can a 500 year old book possibly be relevant in today’s society? A fair question, but many religious texts are far older, and they still mean a great deal to the faithful of their respective beliefs. I’m actually referring to “The Prince”, Nicolo Machiavelli’s best known book, written in the early years of the 16th century.

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The law of Unintended Consequences

The law of Unintended Consequences

Suitcases with wheels are killing the planet, or so one theory says. How? Well, wheeled suitcases tend to be bigger than the ones that have to be carried, so people put more in them, so not only are they bigger, they are heavier. Aircraft have to be bigger and heavier to carry the extra load, so they consume more fuel. The same goes for the cars that people use to get to the airport. More fuel equals more pollution, and more pollution equals more global warming. On that basis, the first person to strap a skateboard to a Samsonite has consigned the Earth to a terrible fate. And that, my friends, is the Law of Unintended Consequences in action.

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