Category: Culture & Competency

Open Plan Offices Close the Brain

In his summary post on personal effectiveness in 2013, David Rock comments on how open plan offices close the brain: “Open plan offices are all the rage. In 2013, researchers confirmed something obvious to most people who work in one: it can be hard to get things done. […]

CrossFit for Business

Nicholas proposes applying the ideas of CrossFit to business: Cross-fit is a high intensity interval training methodology and is brilliant for those who want to get really, really fit. It also has a strong following amongst specialist athletes. Traditionally a runner would get excellent at their craft by […]

Limiting the Work Day to Get More Done

Writing for Financial Times, Lucy proposes a return to the 9 to 5 workday, citing a number of benefits from doing so, including: – a reduction in time wasted by being at work but actually getting little done. – reducing the time allocated to work, thereby increasing the […]

Silos Kill Business

Christopher Penn writes about effective marketing. In a recent blog post, he talks about how silos kill business, and recommends tighter communication / coordination / collaboration instead: “If there’s been one overarching theme I’ve heard in dozens of discussions with people the past few months at various conferences, […]

Secrets of Success 101 – by Nicholas Bate

Nicholas has published another one of his thought provoking 101 blog posts, this time on the secrets of success. There’s always a lot in each to prod toward action, cause thinking, agree with, disagree with, and ruminate on during the small hours of the night. Here’s the first […]

Multiple Monitors: Blessing or Curse?

Farhad questions the benefit of using multiple monitors on his desktop computer, arguing that the benefits have been oversold: “The conventional argument in favour of dual monitors rests on what might be called the two-window problem. Imagine, for instance, the process of writing a research report. You have […]

Case Study: Lync at Beca New Zealand

ComputerWorld New Zealand has a case study on the benefits Microsoft Lync has brought to Beca New Zealand, an engineering consultancy. Aside from cost savings, those benefits include: – the ability to iterate faster and be more agile. In terms of agility, you can work from anywhere there’s […]