Power

A couple of very interesting pieces on Power. The FT’s Lucy Kellaway is quoted on the BBC news site discussing “power poses” and the effect of flattery.  She references a recent article in the Economist which discussed a new book by Jeffrey Pfeffer entitled “Power: Why Some People Have It- and Others Don’t”. When I […]

Ponder fodder: Global Localisation?

In the car this afternoon, I caught part of BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme in which several producers were discussing the fast growing market for (very) locally produced beers, ciders and other products.  Which made me think of the growth in local farm shops and farmers’ markets.  Something to ponder: As technology sets us free […]

Go Freelance, Be Happy

As a part of their National Freelancers Day festivities, the Professional Freelancers Group commissioned some research on the freelance economy and lifestyle.  The whole report makes fascinating reading and highlights how much this sector has grown recently.  Interesting nuggets include: there are now 1.4 million freelancers in the UK accounting for a combined annual turnover […]

The Economist on iPhone and iPad

I love this. I don’t have an iPad but the iPhone version works excellently.  No more boring train journeys playing Bejewelled or iChess.

Focus, Distraction and the Three Spheres

An interesting post from Edward Hallowell on the Harvard Business Review blog  which concerns our modern inability to focus or concentrate, as discussed by Nicholas Carr (in The Shallows) and others.  What attracted me in this was, firstly, the offer of a biological explanation and secondly the following proposed solution: “Second, try to spend as […]

Happy National Freelancers Day!

23rd November is National Freelancers Day.  According to the Professional Contractors Group (PCG) who organised the event, there are now 1.4 million of us in the UK with a combined turnover of £82 billion. Loads of useful information on the site.

Bring Your Own Computer

The last section of this article from the Economist on virtualisation, “The Liquefaction of Hardware”, touches on an interesting point.  As virtualisation becomes more established for the desktop (as opposed to the server where the concept is well established), it will be possible to install a secure virtual desktop onto any PC, including privately owned […]

Pub is the Hub

I came across this initiative on the radio earlier today which aims to make “pubs the focal point for community services”.  The hope is to rejuvenate both the (rural) community and the (village) pub in the process. It strikes me that the growth of the freelance economy / portfolio careers / sovereign individuals / flexible […]

Your Attention is Under Siege – Harvard Business Review

A great post on the challenges to concentration, complete with remedies, from Tony Schwartz on the Harvard Business Review blog.

Your Attention is Under Siege – Harvard Business Review

A great post on the challenges to concentration, complete with remedies, from Tony Schwartz on the Harvard Business Review blog.

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