Recruitment is difficult, especially given unconscious bias. But the biggest hindrance to making the best choice is that we hire people who we believe will make us look good. There’s an interesting new hiring method on the horizon that might lead to more diversity of recruitment. Hiring teams, rather than individuals. One Silicon Valley company […]
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In all major economies, the ‘productivity puzzle’ (lower-than-forecast, since the financial crisis) defies easy explanation. The UK has a particularly acute challenge (and opportunity): labour productivity – output per hour worked – is 35% below Germany and 30% below the US. French workers produce as much by Thursday tea time as British workers do by […]
Walking at work is good for our physical and our mental health; and it aids our decision making processes with others or alone. Street Wisdom enables us to see the urban environment in an inspiring way, and is ‘walking-based problem solving’ – a mix of psychology, mindfulness and cognitive science. We can also look to nature […]
“We must all distinguish between confidence as belief in ourselves, and confidence as belief that we are right. In the VUCA world, the latter is dangerous. The former is essential”. Sticking to our ‘rightness’ often leads to missed opportunities and failure. Feedback helps us to learn from success and failure and become more confident in […]
Your big idea isn’t going to sell itself. To persuade, you need to think first about the seller and the buyer, as well as the message. Even more importantly, you need to ‘win over the elephant’ – the emotional side. Pre-suasion can help: getting them in a good mood first. This “enhances problem solving and […]