The 3rd of the July is the day to celebrate, not the 4th of July, if you are British. But it could have been SO much better for the Americans if the Brits had won all those years ago. And this is why..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1YvJBwC4xQ However, the ad above was run by Newcastle Brown last year. And … Continue reading Happy Independence Eve, America from the Brits.
We have spam filters on email and WordPress does a good job of eliminating much of the worst. But still some gets through.But you have to wonder exactly what they think they are achieving when you get comments like this: Paragraph writing is also a excitement, if you be acquainted with afterward you can write … Continue reading Spam in my WordPress comments… “wot is point are you acheeving thankly”
Dear Virgin Media, I'm really sorry for my Father in Law not paying his bill last month, but what with him being dead and all, it's probably slipped his mind. Some people, eh? You, however, are to be publicly commended for swooping in with all the sensitivity of a charging rhino and instantly fining him … Continue reading Customer Service #fail #virgin
Often Hugh's cartoons at GapingVoid can be bitter and twisted, but always funny. This one is more thoughtful and insightful. The funny thing is, we equate making money with the daily grind, yet the people who make the most money rarely treat it that way. The most successful people I know feel relatively inspired on … Continue reading I don’t need to be rich, I need to be inspired. @gapingvoid #inspiring #insightful
Is it really that complicated? I used to think that couriers, especially the large players, were pretty reliable but recent experiences backed up by wider research is that they are dropping the ball. This is at a time when the increase in online purchases should be enabling them to grow very profitably. I find it … Continue reading Couriers don’t deliver
What can economists learn from linguists? Behavioral economist Keith Chen talks about his absolutely fascinating research which first of all exposes the concept of "Futured" and "Futureless" languages; languages without a concept for the future -- "It rain tomorrow," instead of "It will rain tomorrow". He then starts, with the help of extensive survey data, … Continue reading Speaking English makes me more likely to be #obese, #smoke and not save #TED
So many things, so little time There are great many products, services and ideas out in the marketplace. With the internet, you can now access them no matter where they are in the world. Users are swamped with potential options, and choosing what to focus on is the challenge. Prioritisation not more time People tell … Continue reading Urgent is more important than important and why no one needs more time
“Daddy, are you still at work?” A simple enough question. My children understand that if I am in my office, or I walk into the house after a business trip and am on the phone that I may still be at work. Have you noticed that the term "I am at work" has become a meaningless … Continue reading “Daddy – are you still at work?” But what does “at work” mean?
You’re an innovative and growing software vendor, I get that. You’ve got a fab new product that’s going drive dramatic benefits for enterprise customers, I get that.You’ve even got a blog to push out great customer stories now and then, I get that too. But how do you accelerate growth without piling on expensive sales … Continue reading Why is the only place AR comes before PR is in the dictionary? #startup #analysts #PR
Not talented - dedicated Watch this video and you will say - Wow! those kids are talented. No - they made a choice. A choice to excel. and that takes hours and hours of dedication (10,000 hours according to the research) and purposeful practice. But do these kids look like their are struggling and toiling. … Continue reading Dedication and purposeful practice (not talent)…..gets results
There has been a great deal of debate about whether social media inside the workplace is a fad or delivers real business value. There are several reasons why social media has got such bad press. The moniker “Facebook for the enterprise” has not helped, as Facebook is seen as a great way of wasting time … Continue reading Is Microsoft paying $1.2bn to put lipstick on a pig?
20 years ago I was sitting on a plane on the way back from some client. I was an Accenture consultant running big projects with lots of responsibility and a very good salary. So life was good, except I didn’t control my life. 3 foot rule and open questions One of the things I was … Continue reading I owe my success to LEGO and the 3 foot rule
This image, posted on FB struck a chord with me. When a recent survey of school children in the UK revealed the answer to "What do you want to be when you grow up" was "FAMOUS", we know we have a serious problem. There are so many good role models out there - successful business … Continue reading Motivation requires good role models #leadership #olympics