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Why do words and phrases seep into the psyche of an organisation? It’s a question that has puzzled me for some time. One word that has recently become the ‘in word’ is: Cadence. I have no idea where it came from and I had assumed it was one of our…
Why do words and phrases seep into the psyche of an organisation? It's a question that has puzzled me for some time. One word that has recently become the 'in word' is: Cadence. I have no idea where it came from and I had assumed it was one of our internal words. Recently I've heard it used by other people in other organisations so decided that it's use must have become more widespread, though not commonplace. One of my tests of whether something...
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Most of my exercise is accompanied by podcasts. Whether I’m out for a walk or in the gym I’m likely to have someone speaking in my ears. This morning something went “YES!!!” in my head when I heard these words: “Performance ratings data inside companies…
Most of my exercise is accompanied by podcasts. Whether I'm out for a walk or in the gym I'm likely to have someone speaking in my ears. This morning something went "YES!!!" in my head when I heard these words: "Performance ratings data inside companies is all bogus. It doesn't actually measure what it says it's measuring. Which, of course, is hugely problematic because we end up promoting people, and paying people, and training people, and deplo...
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I love using the latest technologies to make life more efficient, but I don’t want to advocate that technology replaces the need to get together and enjoy human connections with people. Maynard Webb
I love using the latest technologies to make life more efficient, but I don't want to advocate that technology replaces the need to get together and enjoy human connections with people. Maynard Webb
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Struggle to get up in a morning? Are you a fan of Wallace and Gromit who thinks that their bed and clothing contraption would be a wonderful addition to your life? Well Colin Furze came pretty close:
Struggle to get up in a morning? Are you a fan of Wallace and Gromit who thinks that their bed and clothing contraption would be a wonderful addition to your life? Well Colin Furze came pretty close: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVzn1pl4nlo
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I was wondering how many Office Speak posts I was going to get to write before I ran out of wonderful over-used clichés –  then I saw this video. Avaya got an advertising agency to ask 300 of its staff what their most, or least, favourite business clichés…
I was wondering how many Office Speak posts I was going to get to write before I ran out of wonderful over-used clichés -  then I saw this video. Avaya got an advertising agency to ask 300 of its staff what their most, or least, favourite business clichés were. This is the resulting video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=156&v=MHg_M_zKA6Y Yes, I think I've heard each one of them used in Office Speak. Josh Bernoff did, however, point out that Avay...
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The other evening I was out for a walk while Sue was visiting a friend. I’ve had some kind of portable music device since I was a teenager and I’ve always liked listening to music as I walk. First it was cassette tapes then CD’s and latterly some kind of…
The other evening I was out for a walk while Sue was visiting a friend. I've had some kind of portable music device since I was a teenager and I've always liked listening to music as I walk. First it was cassette tapes then CD's and latterly some kind of MP3 player. On this particular evening I was listening to a playlist of songs that iTunes had automatically created based on one of my favourite songs.  Most of the songs on this playlist date ba...
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It’s festival season in the UK and I would love to see someone pull this stunt:
It's festival season in the UK and I would love to see someone pull this stunt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jbgnJOpl2Q
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There are plenty of first-person videos of people climbing-up tall buildings but I’ve always thought that climbing-down is far more scary. Today’s video is of James Kingston climbing down a high crane (James is the person who climbed the arch over…
There are plenty of first-person videos of people climbing-up tall buildings but I've always thought that climbing-down is far more scary. Today's video is of James Kingston climbing down a high crane (James is the person who climbed the arch over Wembley). Look away now if you have a problem with heights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH7bJAMLBYQ
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I’ve heard these terms at least 10 times today and most of them were on one call. You’ll recognise this term if you have ever been on a multi-party conference call. For those of you who don’t have the daily joy of the teleconference experience this is how…
I've heard these terms at least 10 times today and most of them were on one call. You'll recognise this term if you have ever been on a multi-party conference call. For those of you who don't have the daily joy of the teleconference experience this is how it works. An invitation is sent out to a group of people, this invitation includes a phone number (often a set of phone numbers for different countries) and a PIN code. When you dial the number ...
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Take an apple and split it down the middle. On one side you have 50%, on the other side you have 50%. Put them back together and you have 100%. Now go into the office and you’ll enter into a world with a different reality. In this world when you add…
Take an apple and split it down the middle. On one side you have 50%, on the other side you have 50%. Put them back together and you have 100%. Now go into the office and you'll enter into a world with a different reality. In this world when you add everything together you get and extra 10%, you get 110%. I have no idea where this extra 10% comes from, but it's made its way in somewhere: We need to give this project 110% Give me 110% on this acti...
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Do you sometimes wish that you had a magic device that turned off all the screens in your house? That’s what Dolmio did for an advertising campaign in Australia: Technology has hijacked family dinnertime. So to help bring families together for dinner,…
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A while back our Friday feature was a visualisation of the skies over the UK every 24 hours, today’s is a more focussed view of the flow of traffic in the skies over London. Having flown in-to and out-off London several times it always amazes me how many…
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