Challenge yourself to paint pictures with your words 

Metaphors make your words sizzle and sing. They give instant clarity as brains are more wired to images than just words. They’re the quickest route to the brain. They’re visual, they get attention, they’re memorable, evocative and achieve instant understanding. It’s a way of communicating. A shortcut to instant understanding, use for persuasion, something is […]

Is it nepotism if a husband and wife serve together on the same committee?

nepotism in meetings

QUESTION – A vacancy occurred on a committee and a man said his wife would be happy to fill it. The committee was in need of new members, so the group was happy to accept her. Is this good for the organisation? ANSWER From a governance perspective, there is technically nothing which disallows a husband […]

Parkinson’s Law is alive and Well

I’ve been talking about Parkinson’s Law in relation to meetings for over 30 years. Simply stated (in terms of meetings) it says that a meeting will run for as long as there is time available. I have added the flip – meetings will also run for as long as the time allotted. So in simple […]

Is snail mail the way of the future?

Every now and then, I go through my emails and set up a pile of filters to delete the email newsletters and other things that I simply never read – I set the filter to delete them – gone forever! I know I am not alone in doing this. I send email notifications out to […]

To Wear a Tie or Not to Wear a Tie

Recently I was working with a professional services firm and the issue of wearing ties sparked some interest. It was raised from a person in the team who preferred not to wear a tie, while his boss, did have a preference for wearing ties. It prompted me to do some informal research. I sat in […]

Some businesses seem to miss the point

Recently I have come across two businesses that in  my humble opinion have missed the point. I am not going to identify either business as that is not the important issue. Business One. The first is a small food business. It does mainly take away food and also has enough seating for around 10 – […]

The secret sauce you need to make sense of the different generations

The other generations are not “wrong”, they are just different! I have found myself talking a lot in the last couple of weeks about the different generations and their different needs, expectations and ways of working. The first thing I found I needed to do was find some categorical information about who actually fits into […]