The Gig Economy in retreat?

With recent rulings against Uber and Pimlico Plumbers, it would be tempting to conclude that the Gig Economy is in retreat. There are other cases in the pipeline, including Deliveroo and CitySprint. In reality, these should just be teething troubles. Back in 1937, Ronald Coase (in The Nature of the Firm) showed why firms exist in the first […]

Echoes through time: Rising for the work of man

“At day’s first light have in readiness, against disinclination to leave your bed, the thought that “I am rising for the work of man”. Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180), Meditations (Book 5)

How a picture helps you pay your taxes

James Lawther at Squawk Point has an interesting post on the impact of pictures on vehicle relicensing rates. The trial was grounded in the work of UK Government’s Behavioural Insight team which is, in turn, informed by the work of Richard Thaler (co-author of the influential book Nudge). Imagery is an important part of story-telling and […]

Make great coffee, and 21 other ways to build your personal brand – Nicholas Bate

22 simple but powerful tips from Nicholas Bate. I would argue they work equally well for a sovereign professional as for someone in a large organisation. Including: 13. Remember names, birthdays and catch people doing things right. 14. Find out what humility is and develop it. 15. Never ever, ever, ever be sarcastic. 16. Own your career path. […]

The neuroscience of trust – @HBR

Paul J. Zak has an interesting article in the Harvard Business Review (here) on the impact of trust on performance: 50% higher productivity, 74% lower stress, 29% more satisfaction and 40% lower burnout (reported experience, top quartile vs. bottom quartile). The article also gives eight actions to foster higher trust within the organisation, including: recognise excellence […]

Fairness, populism, reciprocity and the left – @DannytheFink

Daniel Finkelstein writes a fascinating column in yesterday’s Times: Why the left will never understand populism (free registration required). “Fairness” is a slippery subject, but Finkelstein makes a strong argument for a fundamental difference in how people understand the concept. Too often, fairness is conflated with equality and descends into an “all shall have prizes” attitude. […]

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Stand a little out of my sun – on self-reliance

There’s a great post over at the Art of Manliness site, on self-reliance: “It’s increasingly difficult to live a life that is inner-directed rather than other-directed. In order to operate effectively in this kind of autonomy-sapping environment, developing a strong sense of self-reliance is crucial.” It includes some interesting quotes as well: “Self-trust is the first […]

Tell true stories – @thisisseth

Seth Godin on how to be heard, including: “Do your homework. Reflect back what you believe the other person is trying to say before you disagree with it. Tell true stories.”  

For the new year…

From Nicholas Bate: 22 steps to get what you want 7 challenges 1 observation  

Echoes through time: Learning difficult things

This energising thought for the new year, courtesy of Kurt at Cultural Offering: “There is no easy method of learning difficult things.  The method is to close the door, give out that you are not at home, and work.” Joseph de Maistre, 1753-1821

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