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Does Gen Y Need to Get Over Itself at Work?

by Iyas A
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Or, Maslow’s hierarchy and why employers need to get over themselves and provide meaning at work. Summary There is an increase in people’s expectations and needs for their work to have meaning, and their employers to be doing more for society than increasing the bottom line. This is not restricted to Gen Y – it increasingly covers all generations, even though it is commonly attributed to Gen Y. If you want to compete for the best talent, your company will be much more appealing…
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What ONE Value Will Your Company Be Remembered For?

by Iyas A
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Summary Many companies have articulated a set of values. Their role ranges from covering stains on company walls to actually defining how the company does things. In most companies, one value reigns supreme. What that value is depends mostly on how the company is led and the authenticity of that particular value. Sometimes it is a value that isn’t articulated, but is the one that the founders or leaders demonstrate the most. Recommendation – take a hard look at the values your company…

How Culture Becomes Currency

by Iyas A
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… and how articulating values can hurt your company. Exec Summary Recent studies confirm that a positive culture has a direct impact on profitability. In addition, companies which have articulated values which they live up to outperform those that have none, while those that have articulated values which they fail to live up to underperform those that haven’t articulated any. Meaning it’s better not to talk about values if you can’t live up to them. At my last company,…

Corporate Social Responsibility – An Honest Assessment

by Iyas A
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Although this wonderfully satirical (and uncannily accurate) video is primarily making a point about climate change, it highlights the cause of much of the ill we see from publicly listed companies. The much higher pressure to give shareholder return than to add value. It is eloquently encapsulated in one of the lines, “it ensures solid returns to our shareholders by killing their grandchildren.” It’s the main reason we believe in the power for good and transformation that is the…

“The ONE Thing” by Gary Keller

by Iyas A
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Summary This book makes a simple, and seemingly blindingly obvious, recommendation: To succeed in a meaningful way, find the most important thing to do for your most important mission, then ‘just’ go do that. The real value for me came in three ways: The research and thought-provoking work on what ‘meaningful’ actually is; A practical approach with strategies, questions and tips to move this from being a statement of the blindingly obvious, to something that is eminently…

“The Willpower Instinct” by Kelly McGonigal

by Iyas A
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Summary A fantastic research and science-based book on willpower (i.e. not your usual factless self-help diatribe), with good practical tips and a sober analysis of our pathetic capability. Key takeaways: Our capacity for willpower is very limited, so choose carefully and focus its use where it counts; It is also trainable like a muscle, so you can progressively set it harder challenges; Try to actively notice when it fails, analyse why and what triggers it, then be conscious that you have a choice…

Tesla Open Sources its Patents – Altruistic or Cynical?

by Iyas A
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Tesla’s announcement that it would open up all its patents for use by others who want to use its technology “in good faith” was applauded by Elon Musk’s many fans as a testament to his altruism, driven by a desire “for the advancement of electric vehicle technology“. I’m a huge fan of Musk’s. But it’s not for his passion to leave the world a better place. Although I admire that enormously, on its own it doesn’t make him any different…

Download The Whole of the UK in 3D

by Iyas A
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The Environment Agency in the UK has opened up its 3D maps of the country for free use by individuals and businesses. See the announcement on the Environment Agency blog. Whomever is working on that jetpack can now add 3D GPS capability. Or perhaps drone deliveries that can go to the right floor. Or accurate information for the emergency services on callout. Who knows. But business opportunities for the creatively minded abound!

Sweden Shifting to 6 Hour Work Days

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As the US shifts working hours upwards, and the UK feels like it’s following suit, and as work and home time become blurred with permanent presence through mobiles, and social media at work, it’s interesting to see more Swedish companies switching to the 6 hour day. This comes in some companies with a fairly strict “work hours are for work activities” policy, but equally a “home hours are for home activities” counterbalance. The “work hours for work activities”…