Are the #Olympics killing freedom of speech in the UK We are now less than a week away from the start of the greatest sporting event on the planet, but at what cost? It seems that Lord Coe is dictating what visitors to events are wearing, and what products they can have with them. This week i heard that one of the emergency services during a PR photography session even had staff take off watches and belts that showed logos/ brands that were not official sponsors, and because BMW are an … [Read more...] about Are the #Olympics killing freedom of speech in the UK #2012
How to lose up to 50 years of clients income Yesterday evening I had an interesting doorstep experience. The doorbell rang and my 18yr old daughter answered the door. The young (?student?) collector/ agent was wearing a tabard of a well known national charity and asked if anyone in the house was available over the age of 26. At this point my daughter called me, and the agent started to espouse the values and importance of this particular charity. When I stopped him in mid flow, and … [Read more...] about How to lose 60 years of clients income #descrimination #charity
Trainers & Presenters mind your visuals As communicators, those of us that use visuals of any form as part of our training or presentations, do we really understand the science behind what we are doing? Do we ensure that the visual cues we give are coherent with what we are saying, avoiding slight anomalies which may dramatically change the communication? This effect is called the McGurk effect. The McGurk effect (named after Harry McGurk of McGurk & McDonald, 1976) is a … [Read more...] about Trainers & Presenters mind your visuals
It's not what is in front of you.. but what you see The amazing colour changing card trick Have a look at this great card illusion. What do you notice about the cards? It's an interesting demonstration of us seeing what we want to see... In your business, what do you see? do you see what you expect to see or what you don't expect to see? Updated June 2016 to a new video as the old one was removed … [Read more...] about It’s not what is in front of you.. but what you see
10 easy steps to grow your business (for freelance workers) With more and more people starting their own businesses, its becoming increasingly important for us all to focus on growing and developing our business. Here are ten simple steps to do this. 1) Make sure you have a CLEAR proposition - what do you do and for who - & if you walked up to people in the street and told them would they understand what you are talking about? 2) Have a web and social media presence - regular, … [Read more...] about 10 easy steps to grow your business (for freelance workers)
How secure is your password - lessons from LinkedIn A few weeks ago, LinkedIn was hacked and millions of passwords were stolen. Recently an analysis of these passwords that were published on a Russian website has shown some interesting facts. The graphic below shows the post popular passwords that people used for linkedin - I hope yours is not in this top list! Source: http://mashable.com/2012/06/08/linkedin-stolen-passwords-list/ … [Read more...] about How secure is your password – lessons from LinkedIn #infographic
Talent - are leaders training enough people? The reality is of course that the workplace of 2012, is very different from 2005, and a whole different planet than the 1990s. With the majority of people having held their job for 10+ years befors finding themselves out of work, its no wonder that candidates are having to "trust their luck" and apply for jobs they are not qualified for. Is this the candidates fault - or employers? Have we learnt to hire the skills we need rather than train … [Read more...] about Talent – are leaders training enough people? #infographic
Talent Management Challenges In Ordinary Businesses Talent management features at almost every HR and executive conference, but most of the solutions are those that are targeted at the big multi nationals. But what about the "ordinary" businesses that you and I work for? This graphic shows some interesting and thought provoking ideas. I am not going to suggest that this graphic shows "best practice" - because it does not. for example it highlights research that shows in performance … [Read more...] about Talent Management Challenges In Ordinary Businesses
Social Networking Bill of Rights - the risk of sharing With more and more of us have some form of online presence, it's a part of us that increasingly employers, HR departments & potential recruiters want to see. This is a worrying trend towards employers wanting to see "what is behind the locked door". This graphic neatly highlights the key information, its risks and the basic ethics. How would those asking feel about being asked to share their information... or maybe its those that … [Read more...] about Social Networking Bill of Rights – the risk of sharing
#HRD12 - summary of free learning at Olympia this week Learning Arena Leading L&D experts deliver lively updates, skills and techniques to help you further your professional development. Wednesday 25 April 09:30-10:00 - Positive Personal Leadership - CIPD Enterprises 10:15-10:45 - Being a More Authentic Employee - Bolt from The You Ltd 11:00-11:30 - Three Performance Management Strategies to Help you Address Underperformance - iManage Performance Ltd 11:45-12:15 - 'What to … [Read more...] about #HRD12 – summary of free learning at Olympia this week
Does your website/ intranet/collaboration tool engage its audience? This for me is a highly thought provoking graphic. It looks at the reasons why a person may engage, the WIIFM. Originally based upon understanding why crowd-sourcing was successful or a failure, this interesting snapshot is a tool that can be applied to many areas of digital life. It's easy for sites and to "build it and they will come", however being their is only the beginning (assuming of course that is true). Why … [Read more...] about Does your website/ intranet/ collaboration tool engage?
The State of the UK SEO & Social Media Sectors - who would you choose? Are we (customers) being taken for a ride? So you have a need to engage a consultancy to develop your SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) or Social Media strategy. Who do you choose? What criteria Well this recent research from Browser Media suggests that many cannot and do not "walk their talk". SEO is both an organic and ever changing landscape, you cannot successfully read a book to "get it" you need to keep … [Read more...] about The State of the UK SEO & Social Media Sectors – Are businesses being taken for a ride? who would you choose?
What hope for UK business when #mentoring education fails The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), after the closure of the Business Link franchise, is pinning it's hopes on volunteer mentoring for developing entrepreneurship and UK PLc. Now I am not saying that the whole programme is flawed or failing, but one part of this is very wrong, and potentially misleading. In a recent press release it (BIS) said: "Mark Prisk announces key milestones in mentoring support … [Read more...] about What hope for UK business when #mentoring education fails?
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Working from Home on Fridays This graphic from Splashtop shows some of the health and economic reasons for working from home. But why limit it to Fridays? Some time ago I did some work for a professional services firm, at their instance a number of us had to work from their office, but 90% of our work was with overseas teams on very different time zones. Equally that was true for may of their employees. There was no real value in having people sit at a desk, as often their managers … [Read more...] about Working from Home on Fridays #infographic #retention #talent #HR
How Blogs & Social Media Bring Business #casestudy So you have a business, a website, and now looking at the confusing array of social media, that you have been told is the thing to do. But which one(s) and why....and how? Put simply... it's all about the content! While looking for some research into the changing habits of blog readers I came across this infographic from Sigma Marketing. In it they show some of the results and the various channels. What for me is interesting is the … [Read more...] about How Blogs & Social Media Bring Business #casestudy
Leadership Traits of Todays Greatest CEOs The following infographic profiles the leadership traits of three unquestionably successful CEOs. You may or may not like them, what they stand for or their styles of doing business, but their success merits a close look at their leadership traits. Are our leaders looking at these and taking notice or continuing on their own path of mediocrity? What can the rest of us learn from your successful leader? Browse more infographics. … [Read more...] about Leadership Traits of Todays Greatest CEOs
Difficult Things To Do Everything is difficult before it becomes easy, what are the difficult things to do for you? To break a bad habit To love an enemy To think logically To admit ignorance To withhold judgement To grow old gracefully To persevere without haste To wait without impatience To suffer without complaint To know when to keep silent To be indifferent to ridicule To concentrate in the midst of strife To endure hatred without resentment To fraternize without losing … [Read more...] about Difficult Things To Do – Everything is difficult before it becomes easy
BYOD - the new challenge for Business, IT & HR BYOD or "Bring Your Own Device" is an increasing trend in many large organisations. This is where the infrastructure of the company allows any web connected device to access company systems. Gone are the rows or beige or black boxes on or under desks, and in are the diversity of phones, tablets, netbooks and other devices with which to work. This brings many challenges to IT, HR and many other parts of business, however the flexibility of … [Read more...] about BYOD – the new challenge for Business, #IT & #HR
Workplace Culture - Does gender matter? Gut instinct would have told me that men work more hours, and created the long hours culture, however this graphic suggests otherwise... What do you think? Browse more data visualizations. … [Read more...] about Workplace Culture – Does gender matter?