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10 years a Policy Officer

This is my desk. I have sat in this, and others like it, for exactly 10 years in this organisation. My decade anniversary is today. In 2004 in the interview for this job I had to give a presentation answering “What … Continue reading

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Sad hungry money

Money makes you hungry. But for what? In an experiment, always my favourite 3 words to start a sentence, one group of volunteers each counted a pile of rectangular pieces of paper and reported the number they had counted. Another … Continue reading

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4 steps to win PLUS free Gandhiometer

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” -Gandhi* Ignore If all you’ve got as leverage is anecdote or theory then this is all that going to happen. What would you do? Pay attention to … Continue reading

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Signs you work in a defensive culture-(number 438b)

People will talk about work confidently, ignoring the glaring gaps, missing and unaddressed issues as if somebody somewhere obviously has a handle on it all and is organising the whole thing. They all know nobody does, but everybody talks as … Continue reading

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A lesson for system thinkers anywhere at any time

“My main work has concerned judgment and decision-making. But I never felt I was studying the stupidity of mankind in the third person. I always felt I was studying my own mistakes.”   Daniel Kahneman  [link] Go on, Google him here and read more, he’s … Continue reading

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interesting important potato tomato

A person at work was talking me through something she was doing, explaining what it was trying to show. I was listening, and said “uh-huh. Interesting“. As it was. She replied, “It’s important because etc etc” I listened and agreed … Continue reading

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3 faces for Tuesday

These are the 3 faces you can expect to see today if you talk to anyone about S*****s T******g. If so, you might like to consider the helpful suggestions outlined below by the people at systemsthinkingforgirls “Don’t talk about it at all … Continue reading

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How to communicate with your customers

From this brilliant article in the Guardian, asking the people who set prices why certain things are so expensive. Below is an extract from the section on why train tickets are so expensive and difficult to understand for customers. GW … Continue reading

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The best listening I have ever done

I had to attend a series of public meetings to find out how they worked. I sat in the public gallery and wrote down what the people were saying, not verbatim, but pretty much, so my head was down, facing … Continue reading

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Documents ‘Я’ Us

Remember when I had a gas leak? Click above, or read it below in 66 dull words. My gas meter was exchanged for a newer gas meter, a few days later there was a lingering strong smell of gas, I … Continue reading

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Everything you could possibly need to know about Six Sigma

What a six sigma black belt sees when he looks in the mirror…. What a six sigma black belt probably looks like… EDIT: The point I am cack-handidly trying to make is nicking the idea of “black-belt” from martial arts … Continue reading

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Change thinking

“Things do not change; we change” Henry David Thoreau

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He who grins wins

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust has spent 10 grand on training staff to smile.  This training includes other things, but the aspect that interests me is staff are encouraged to hand out cards to other Doctors and nurses when they spot them not … Continue reading

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This is the most dangerous place in your organisation

“a desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world”-John Le Carre Trading opinions is not getting knowledge. No matter how many people nod and agree with you.

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