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The end of time

The end of time

We’re obsessed with time in our working lives. We trade our most productive hours for salary and benefits. We agree office hours, vacation time and PTO. But time is just an input. It’s not a deliverable. Are we measuring the right thing?

Why putting yourself first, means you come last

Why putting yourself first, means you come last

Why it’s rare to achieve personal gain over a sustained period by doing a disservice to others.

3 lessons kids can teach you about consultancy

3 lessons kids can teach you about consultancy

Children can teach adults an awful lot, such as how to enjoy the moment and how to play. But what can they teach us buttoned-up consultants? More than you’d think.

Why ethics suffer in a recession

Why ethics suffer in a recession

Truth may be a casualty of war, but ethics are a casualty of recession. When the going gets tough, the weak cheat. It’s just easier than competing fairly. It’s an economic barometer, and we’re seeing and uptick right now.

Should you be Facebook friends with your staff?

Should you be Facebook friends with your staff?

If you are a manager, should you be friends on Facebook with your team? The jury is out on whether it’s a good idea or not, but there are some areas of agreement and lessons to learn.

The four essential qualities in a coworker

The four essential qualities in a coworker

We each look for different qualities in our coworkers – ambition, creativity, expertise, a sense of humor – but there are four which are vital.

How to ‘meet for coffee’

How to ‘meet for coffee’

A popular request in Silicon Valley is to ‘meet for coffee’. This is often a euphemism for a short meeting with no fixed agenda, beyond getting to know one another. As far as it goes, this can be productive – business is social after all. Many strong business relationships – with clients, partners, investors and potential employees start with an informal intro. But how do you make the most of them?

Ten tasks which need a phone call, not an email

Ten tasks which need a phone call, not an email

Amid the ever expanding choice of communications methods, the use of the humble telephone is in decline. Who responds to voicemails right? But here are ten task which need you to pick up the phone. Don’t hide behind email, take a deep breath and dial. It’s faster and more productive.

Own your failures

Own your failures

We all fail from time to time. Projects don’t turn out as planned; we make mistakes; circumstances conspire against us; and sometimes we’re just plain unlucky. It happens. We’ve all heard that it’s how we react to failure which defines our success. It’s one thing to cope with failure, and another to learn from it however.

Is an open plan office good for productivity?

Is an open plan office good for productivity?

We’re starting to research new office space, prior to moving in Summer 2011. During the five years we’ve been in our current location, working practices and expectations of staff/clients have changed. So is an open plan office still the best layout?