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Book Review (number 5) : Learning a Living

Valerie Hannon, Sarah Gillinson and Leonie Shanks Published by: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing ISBN: 978-99921-95-55-0   ‘Learning’ is not a topic that has attracted many ‘coffee table books’ but Learning a Living fits the category perfectly. Beautifully illustrated with photographs by Reza Deghati, the book explores ways to rebuild the relationship between education and the [...]

By | February 6th, 2013|Categories: Business, Lifestyle|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Book Review (number 4)

The lives, loves and deaths of splendidly unreasonable inventors By Jeremy Coller Published by: Infinite Ideas Limited ISBN: 978–1–905940–82–0   From an analysis of 30 inventors who changed the world, Coller – a former investment analyst and, later, investment manager - argues that personality type dictates the potential for success in bringing inventions to fruition. [...]

By | July 31st, 2012|Categories: Business, Lifestyle|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Addison and Machiavelli on love and fear

In an article recently published on, Video Arts’ Martin Addison, discussed whether it is better for leaders to be loved or feared. As he wrote, this is not a new debate. It was first posed 500 years ago, in 1512, by Niccolò Machiavelli.   .   Machiavelli, a civil servant in the [...]

By | July 2nd, 2012|Categories: Business|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Ageist assumption

Among the various journalist requests for information and quotes which I receive on a regular basis has come one from Adam Bannister, who wanted a short quote to go with a survey of retail buyers. He wanted a response to the following statement and question: ‘Our survey revealed that one in four people considering [...]

By | February 1st, 2012|Categories: Business, Lifestyle|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Work or chocolate?

Yehuda Baruch, a professor at Rouen Business School in France, says that addiction to work (workaholism) could benefit individuals, business and society. In a recent academic paper he likens work addiction to a chocolate addiction and concludes that it can increase self-esteem and strengthen social interactions.   In the article, published in Career Development International, [...]

By | January 18th, 2012|Categories: Business, Lifestyle|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Huzzah for PR professionals!

Apparently, PR professionals make excellent CEOs. Rosanna M. Fiske, the chair and CEO of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has leaped into a debate about whether being a PRO is a one-dimensional position that limits what one may be capable of doing in the business world. In a recent article, Ms Fiske commented: [...]

By | January 10th, 2012|Categories: Business, Public Relations, Marketing and Sales|Tags: , |0 Comments

A potential solution to HR evaluation challenges

Results assessment specialist Ceres Management – which aims to enable clients to use the evidence of business results to make sound decisions about ongoing investments in people development - has launched a new approach to evaluation that: defines what business success looks like; aligns evaluation goals with business needs; focuses evaluation around clear [...]

By | January 10th, 2012|Categories: Business, Learning Technologies|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Unpaid bills

According to BACS - the not-for-profit, membership-based industry body owned by 16 of the leading banks and building societies in the UK, Europe and US and which is responsible for the schemes behind the clearing and settlement of automated payments in the UK including Direct Debit and BACS Direct Credit - small and medium-sized enterprises [...]

By | November 8th, 2011|Categories: Business|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Neologisms and nonsense

One of the great things about language is that it’s always changing – reflecting changes in society, technology and attitudes, among other things. So, it was interesting that The Times has reported that the latest edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary has revealed this year’s additions to the lexicon.   New words that are [...]

By | September 1st, 2011|Categories: Business, Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

British small businesses opt for DIY

A recent survey of 760 business owners – conducted by DIY website builder - has found that UK start-up businesses are now carrying out tasks themselves rather than outsourcing these to a professional. When asked for the main reason they chose the DIY option, over 50% of respondents answered that the key factor was [...]

By | August 18th, 2011|Categories: Business, Public Relations, Marketing and Sales|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments