The Guardian’s Ill-informed Jihad

The Guardian, presumably sensing sales in popular outrage, seems determined to pursue an ill-informed Jihad against freelancers. Following its attacks on … interim managers at the ONR (24th February) consultants in local authorities (17th February) the health department (16th February) and the Student Loans Company (1st and 2nd February) … the Guardian’s latest target is […]

The Guardian’s Ill-informed Jihad

The Guardian, presumably sensing sales in popular outrage, seems determined to pursue an ill-informed Jihad against freelancers. Following its attacks on … interim managers at the ONR (24th February) consultants in local authorities (17th February) the health department (16th February) and the Student Loans Company (1st and 2nd February) … the Guardian’s latest target is […]

200 Books @ 140 Characters – Julien Smith

Best-selling author and consultant Julien Smith has read a book a week for the last five years.  In this post, he captures the essence of each book in a tweet-sized 140 characters. Books you know, books you don’t.  Books you’ve read and those you know you should have. I love this… Thanks to Nicholas Bate’s […]

From Credit Crunch to Talent Crunch

Talent and Skills Shortage is the second greatest risk (after Losing Customers/Cancelled Orders) facing global business according to the recently published Lloyds Risk Index 2011. It has leapt from 22nd place in the last (2009) Index and is one of only two risks that the over 500 C-suite and board level executives surveyed felt insufficiently […]

Hard-to-Read Fonts Promote Better Recall – HBR

Fonts that are hard to read promote better recall of the message, according to research reported in March’s Harvard Business Review.  Daniel Oppenheimer with colleagues Connor Diemand-Yauman and Erikka Vaughan found that students presented with material written in hard to read font (grey, 12-point Comic sans) recalled 14% more facts than students given material in […]

IDG Connect for Business Research

IDG Connect is a great resource for business and IT research.  The site, a division of International Data Group (which includes analyst firm IDC), collates white papers, case studies and videos from a variety of sources.  Search (for example) for “big data” and it returns 37 white papers from Microsoft, IBM, Symantec, PWC, Oracle and […]

The New Independent Workforce – Mavenlink

A nice infographic of the US world of independent professionals from Mavenlink, creators of cloud-based project management and collaboration software solutions. It’s perhaps no surprise that the best represented professions are those that have long accepted a freelance tradition such as writers and designers.  With time, I would like to see the trend for what […]

Fender IPO: Great News? Or Not So Much?

I’m undecided. Fender Musical Instruments filed today for an initial public offering intended to raise $200m.  Fender is an amazing, truly iconic brand that has more than rebuilt its reputation since being taken private (purchased from CBS) in 1984 but will it benefit from the quarterly rigours enforced by Wall Street?  I’m not sure. I […]

Great Storytelling to Grow Your Business–Fast Company

A great piece from Kaihan Krippendorff on the Fast Company blog about using storytelling skills to drive engagement and change. Krippendorff focuses on two aspects: using a story structure or “spine” and using LOTS (language of the senses). The story spine is at the heart of all good storytelling and reminds me of Peter Guber’s […]

Great Storytelling to Grow Your Business–Fast Company

A great piece from Kaihan Krippendorff on the Fast Company blog about using storytelling skills to drive engagement and change. Krippendorff focuses on two aspects: using a story structure or “spine” and using LOTS (language of the senses). The story spine is at the heart of all good storytelling and reminds me of Peter Guber’s […]

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