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How Disney Does Decision Making: Empowering staff

What kind of manager are you? What’s your management style? How would you like to manage your team in a way that improves efficiency, effectiveness, outcomes, and morale? In a corner of Disney, staff autonomy is achieved through delegated Decision Making. Every year ESPN gets their staff to select the company priorities for the year ahead, one that I imagine could potentially be quite contentious … Continue reading How Disney Does Decision Making: Empowering staff

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Social Distancing brings Social Togetherness

Social distancing has created social togetherness in ways that we all expected along with weird and wonderful moments that none of us could have predicted. We will look back upon these shared experiences in the Coronavirus Pandemic with mixed emotions of nostalgia, anger, warmth, anxiety, and pride. COVID-19 has brought us together in mysterious ways – none of us foresaw a shared experience involving Tigers, … Continue reading Social Distancing brings Social Togetherness

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Volunteering for Paradise Island on the Calf of Man

Daniel Woolard pulls back the curtains and looks out onto the one-mile square he calls home, the Calf of Man. “Wow, I’m in paradise” he says. On other days, he recalls, it would be close to bag-packing time. The BBC News website has a wonderful story about how Daniel, having volunteered to work on the Calf of Man, has now become it’s only full-time resident … Continue reading Volunteering for Paradise Island on the Calf of Man

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Home Office kit: Anywheres.co launches handpicked collections

A new online store for remote workers and the world of self-employed freelancers has launched with the mission to support this agile workforce through the provision of handpicked kit, equipment, stationery, and gadgets for their home office or mobile kitbag. Anywheres.co is an offshoot of the international stationery and office supplies provider Lyreco, and is intended to help support the growing population of workers who … Continue reading Home Office kit: Anywheres.co launches handpicked collections

Teach kids creativity. The machines will beat us.

One of the most significant challenges that the next generation face is how to be useful in an ever more competitive workplace, but maybe creativity is the answer? Even now, there are many tasks that computers can do far better or far quicker than us mere mortals, and the robots are still on the bench, warming up. So where do the humans have an advantage? … Continue reading Teach kids creativity. The machines will beat us.

Maternity Leave. What are your rights as a working parent?

The end of paternity or maternity leave is sometimes a stressful time for new parents. Knowing what you are and aren’t entitled to when you step back into the workplace is confusing, but it could make the difference between a stress-free return to work and one littered with worry and uncertainty. Will Hill from Babythingz, a leading supplier of cosytoes and footmuffs, has written an … Continue reading Maternity Leave. What are your rights as a working parent?

Don’t react

I have this dream of an ideal morning whereby I wake, stretch, walk slowly but purposefully downstairs, reach for the cold-brew coffee, pour myself a cup and sit down at the laptop and write. But the truth stops much earlier in that process where I wake, stretch, reach for my phone to read the time and then the notifications. Half an hour later of reading … Continue reading Don’t react

Working Mum: Can you be an artist and a mother?

Amanda Palmer has written a fascinating insight into the stresses and worries of impending motherhood and becoming a working mum titled No, I Am Not Crowdfunding This Baby (an open letter to a worried fan). In her essay, she describes how she’s built a new wave of funding for her artistic projects using the Patreon platform which enables long-term fans of artists to commit to funding … Continue reading Working Mum: Can you be an artist and a mother?