the missing piece of the jigsaw


Last week I had a bit of a go at the appraisal system and suggested that we all scrapped it; have you done that yet? You really should consider it, regardless of what your HR colleagues may say. Read more…

if you are reading this…


If you are reading this post it means that I am, as expected, unable to access WordPress, amongst other social media, from where I am in the world, so my absence from here, Facebook and Twitter is explained. All being well I will be back in the land of free access to such things next week, but for now all you will see is what I have scheduled before my departure. Read more…

the cure for poor annual appraisals


Ever had a bad job appraisal? Do you dread that time of the year? Do you worry about having to appraise your team? If the answer to any of these questions is yes then read on, for the cure Is here; you need never to have, or give, a bad appraisal again. Read more…

travelling in hope – scheduled posts coming up for the next two weeks


I’m off on my travels again later today heading off to work for a week and a bit on what is, at least for me, another new continent. I’ve written recently about how British expertise is in demand around and this will be my third new continent in 5 months so you can see what I mean. Read more…

pendulum swings; why business cycles happen


There are natural cycles in business just as there are in nature. Watching any industry evolve will show these progressions and good purchasing people can read them to understand how upcoming deals are likely to pan out. Read more…

here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well


This time last Monday I was setting up for the first of my two days of workshops in Tripoli. Two of my colleagues had flown out earlier an had run day one of the event on Sunday and another colleagues was to join us on Tuesday evening to do The final day and a half. The trip was a joy on many levels, but especially so because of the quality of the people involved, and that came on many levels, so in no particular order here is their contribution. Read more…

having fun whilst making things happen


I’ve recently spent a day in the guise of one of my alter egos, a nineteen fifties shopkeeper in the style of Ronnie Barker’s Arkwright. Unfortunately the sun didn’t shine on our Fifties/Sixties  retro event, but it didn’t stop people having fun and a good many were dressed in period costume and many of them were far too young to have been around in those times. A good time was had regardless. Read more…

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