There’s a popular subgenre of books about writing known informally as “writer porn”, in which famous authors describe their daily routines, which pens they use and, especially, the secluded mountaintop cabins where they work each morning for six blissfully undisturbed hours. I don’t think I’ve ever actually met such an author, but for anyone whose job is even slightly “creative”, they stir envy: we’d all love such big chunks of time in which to focus. Instead, our lives are plagued with what the blogger Merlin Mann, at 43folders.com, calls “interstitial time” – small chunks of minutes spent waiting at the doctor’s surgery, or for someone who’s late, or for a meeting postponed at short notice…..
Communincation is key…
Are your presentations more Gordon Brown than Barack Obama?
At times of economic uncertainty, voters look to strong leaders to guide us out of our troubles. So with the eyes of the media and the nation on Gordon Brown’s recent keynote speech in Manchester, why did he deliver the presentation equivalent of the curling British Rail sandwich, rather than something more inspired? Former award-winning BBC TV reporter Alistair Macdonald takes a look at what we can all learn from Gordon Brown’s lacklustre performance.
Confidential Arsenal Team meeting 19th September 2008-09-23
A team is as strong as the relationships within it. The driving force of a team is its member’s (sic) ability to create and maintain excellent relationships within the team that can add an extra dimension and robustness to the team dynamic.
This attitude can be used by our team to focus on the gratitude and the vitally important benefits that the team brings to our own lives. It can be used to strengthen and deepen the relationships with it and maximise the opportunities that await a strong and united team.
Our team becomes stronger by:
Displaying a positive attitude on and off the pitch
Everyone making the right decisions for the team
Have an unshakeable belief that we can achieve our target
Believe in the strength of the teamAlways want more – always give more
Focus on our communicationBe demanding with yourself
Be fresh and prepared to win
Focus on being mentally stronger and always keep going until the end
When we play away from home, believe in our identity and play the football we love to play at home
Stay grounded and humble as a player and as a person
Show the desire to win in all that you do
Enjoy and contribute to all that is special about being in a team – don’t take it for granted
It’s not the qualifications, the distinguished CV or the title that makes the leader, but what they do every day. David Kesby sets out the ten behaviours of a wise manager
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Top boss gripes rated…
Workplace culture in the US and the UK might be different – but it seems some things are universal: including moaning about bosses.
A US-based global human resource consulting firm – Development Dimensions International – teamed up with badbossology.com, which describes itself as a bad-boss protection resource site, to find out leadership sins.
Top of the list were:
* Being everyone’s friend
* Arrogance – particularly male bosses
* Inability to delegate – particularly female bosses
* Risk averse – cited by four times as many male employees as female
The survey also asked for the top three qualities people would like to see in their bosses – trust in employees topped the list followed by honesty and integrity with team building skills in third place.
A man has been reunited with his father after spotting him on television – five years after he thought he was cremated.
John Renehan’s father John Delaney went missing in 2000 and when a decomposed body matching his description was found in 2003 he was identified by a coroner.
But it has emerged that Mr Delaney, 71, of Oldham, had actually been put in a care home after being found wandering around the town with memory loss.
The Office for National Statistics has published figures on health, wealth and life satisfaction in Social Trends 38 (2008 edition), which this year takes the theme of societal well-being. Whilst the figures find better wealth and generally more wealth, the evidence is that these have not brought extra happiness. Between 1973 and 2006, people saying they were satisfied with the life they led fluctuated closely around an average of 86 per cent on the scale that ONS uses.
Although family life is still important, family structures are changing. Marriage is still the most common form of partnership, but in the last decade the proportion unmarried and cohabiting has doubled, and births outside marriage have increased with the majority now born to cohabiting couples. The proportion of children living with one parent has more than trebled over the past 35 years to 23 per cent in 2007.
We are recycling more than ten years ago, but the increase in the number of people living alone may be impeding the drive to be more energy efficient.
How we spend our free time is very much important in today’s society. The volumes of consumption for recreation and leisure, and for holidays abroad over the last three decades have increased eightfold.
Palgrave Macmillan publishes Social Trends 38 at £49.50 (ISBN 978?0?230?54564?9) but you can download the report free from the National Statistics website: www.statistics.gov.uk/socialtrends38
Blue sky thinking: Do you understand company jargon?
Does everyone sing from the same hymn sheet at your office? Have you got all your ducks in a row? Do you successfully leverage your core competencies? Or do you have too many chiefs and not enough indians, asks Giulia De Cesare? Join our campaign for plain words!