Engagement

An article in Bloomberg Businessweek discusses the happiness of different countries following a study which asked about different measures of satisfaction. Whilst the countries which were happy and sad was interesting, most interesting to me was that the global average for people being engaged at their jobs is 11%. Really? 11%? If that is true […]

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Risky Behavior

An article in Wired about near misses in accident research says ‘Studies have shown that the more often someone gets away with risky behavior, the more likely they are to repeat it; there is a sort of invincibility complex”. There’s a ‘I got away with this time, I’ll get away with it next time’ thought […]

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Stupid questions

In a recent interview with Alan Greenspan, two journalists asked him the question: “Before you were a professional monetary policy person, you were a professional saxophonist. What are the similarities between the two professions?’. Mr Greenspan’s answer was ‘Virtually none’. Which was a pretty clear answer. As my mother used to say ‘ask a stupid […]

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Optimization

I’ve kept an article from Bloomberg Businessweek since April last year. It describes the work that a private equity company does in order to maximize the efficiency of a plant it bought before selling it on. Whilst there is a great deal of emotion around what private equity firms do, that’s not what interested me […]

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Standard Progression

Adam Savage, the co-host of MythBusters describes how he learned to repair his car in an article in Wired magazine. He says: ‘Every repair followed the same progression: (1) I don’t know how, (2) I can’t afford to pay someone else to do it, (3) I have to do it, (4) hey, that wasn’t so […]

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Working Ahead

An article in the WSJ discussed the negotiations which are currently going on between dockworkers unions and several east coast and gulf ports. Apparently, an agreement is near, but the effect on retailers who import the goods we see in stores has been dramatic. Not knowing whether there would be a strike in JANUARY, they […]

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What you want…

A profile piece in September’s Fast Company about Maelle Gavet, the CEO of Russia’s largest e-commerce company has an interesting quote. She says “‘People keep saying, ‘We need more prioritization.’ I say, ‘Guys, what you want is less work. And that is not going to happen’”. It reminded me of all the times I’d heard […]

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Unusual Places

In some magazines they have a bit where they show a reader holding up the magazine in unusual places. Outside the Taj Mahal or the White House or another famous building. Up a mountain or scuba diving. You get the idea. I seem to have a new ability to spot people doing One on Ones […]

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Boring And Repetitive

We’ve said many times on Manager Tools that management is not simple, but it consists of simple actions. It’s not sexy, it’s boring and repetitive. This was brought home to me by a quote on the letters page in September’s Inc magazine. Bennet Simonton, president of Simonton Associates says “My experience has taught me that […]

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Making Contact

The founder of Kayak was interviewed in an article in October’s Fortune, and one part struck me. Talking about recruiting he says: ‘The joke at Kayak is, if we have a business trip out of San Francisco, when the plane lands, my colleagues will say, “How many people did you hire on this flight?”’ It […]

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