April 10, 2012
Why is it that in business we feel obliged to change everything into an acronym? Is it to save time? Is it simply being lazy? Or is it to make ourselves feel special by creating a language that no one else can understand?
It took me five years to grasp the wonderful world of acronyms at my previous company, only to move jobs last year and have to start all over again. (more…)
December 6, 2011
As this is my last column, I’ve decided to offer advice on a couple of things I believe will be important in the future.
First – seize the day. This is our showcase opportunity. With the global economy in turmoil, most companies are focusing onoptimising spend and getting more for every dollar, pound and euro. This is where we can demonstrate our subject matter expertise, our knowledge of the market and our change management skills. (more…)
September 6, 2011
Some fads can do quite a lot of harm before they fade away again into the background. Talk of “engaging” colleagues might sound like another of those crazy little ideas that gets picked up by the MD at a fancy conference and then inflicted on everybody back at HQ. But ignore if you can the clunky nature of the word “engagement”. In the context of the workplace, it refers to something that matters a great deal.
What is engagement? You know it when you see it. You find it in offices where there is a positive buzz of energy, where there are quite a lot of smiles and laughter, where people come in on time. (more…)
March 15, 2011
The idea that sending a member of the royal family along on trade missions will dazzle hosts into signing deals is rather old-fashioned.
At the time of writing, Prince Andrew’s career as a trade envoy is hanging in the balance as we wait for the tabloids to do their worst/best. (more…)