Chime's thoughts on the world of knowledge

  • No company should be an island. Here’s how to build some bridges

    By the time we get to the end of our day, the last thing we feel like doing is connecting with people outside our organization, in the pursuit of creative ideas and insights for work.  But external conditions for a product or market launch, and your ability to react to social, political and economic contexts and shifts, can mean the difference between becoming a market leader or going under.  With so many sources and methods of engaging deeply with world outside your own company, you don’t need to fall victim to chance. Here's how to start building those bridges today.
  • Why flexible working is feminist working, and how to implement it in your org

    Most companies now have initiatives to enable flexible working, but reality is often disappointing. For many women, the choice is to either be tired all the time, or take the hit to their pay and career opportunities (and get judged, either way). There is another way, and getting flexible working right can hugely benefit employers too.
  • Want to see your candidates’ true colours? Why and how to hire blind

    The way most of us go about recruiting for our teams is haphazard, biased and less effective than we would like.  Not all of the factors at play are within our control, but there are a surprising number of steps each of us can do to make the process better for ourselves, our teams, the candidates and our industries more broadly.  Hopefully I’ll convince you of a few of them.

  • We don’t need all-female networks any more, right? Wrong.

    Today, 10th November, is Equal Pay Day.  Unfortunately, this is nothing to celebrate.  It’s the day beyond which women work for free for the rest of the year, due to the gender pay gap.  It’s the same as last year.  In fact, at the rate we’re going, women won’t get equal pay for equal work for another 170 years.  So, to highlight some of the issues at play here, and some of the things we can all do about it, my next few blog posts are going to be on this topic.  Today, I’m writing about female networks and mentoring programs: why they’re necessary, and what makes a great one.

  • Are They Being Served? The dos and don'ts of self-service

    Self-service kiosks and other technologies are becoming more sophisticated all the time, but in many contexts it’s not quite - and will never be - enough.  As companies implement more self-service models, there is the potential to get this very wrong.
  • Startups and corporates – they don’t need to be David and Goliath

    Commercial competition - what image springs to mind?  Most of us think in terms of the big vs the small, the old vs the new, the fast vs the slow.  Startups view large corporates as the Goliath that needs to be brought down by resourcefulness, skill and luck.  Corporates view startups as the small, annoying David that must not be underestimated.  But this ‘survival of the fittest’ mentality ignores the potential of working together for the benefit of both. This isn’t a utopian dream, but reality in nature, as lots of symbiotic relationships show.

  • Intrapreneurship – moving mountains, disrupting markets

    Gmail is a shining example of what happens when employees are released from straight-jacket roles.  Innovation and a ground-breaking product, is what happens when 20% of a workforce’s time is committed to personal projects they feel passionate about.  All companies have talent.  All large corporations have a rich seam of innovation that often lies untapped – ideas, commercial acumen and creativity, just waiting to be released.  This is where intrapreneurship comes in, and for where to start, read on.

  • 6 Myths About Business Research You Might Still Believe

    Business research has many facets – competitor analysis, product feedback and new market exploration to name a few.  But what makes research not just good, but great?  How can you ensure the best return on your time, and the most impact for your organization?  There are lots of challenges regarding where to focus: quantitative vs qualitative, external vs internal, history vs predictions.  Nobody can tell you the right balance for what you’re trying to achieve, but there are a number of myths surrounding business research that it can help to be aware of. This article will aim to debunk six of the most common.
  • 7 common research mistakes, and how to avoid them

    Research is an essential process in every walk of life. ‘Academic’, ‘financial’, ‘market’ and ‘small business’ are just a few terms that one could prepend to the word. Whilst each flavour has its own unique subtleties and nuances, there are a set of common pitfalls that beset many a researcher across every field. Here we take a look at seven of the worst and how you can avoid them.
  • Trump’s just a disruptor. We shouldn’t be so surprised

    You have to hand it to him.  Donald Trump has won the US presidency with no prior political experience, very little support even from his own party and a fraction of the budget of Hillary Clinton.  If he were a startup founder, we’d be admiring his lean operating model and personal grit.  Because the truth is, Trump isn’t that different from any other disruptor.  Disruptors are typically the outsiders.  Disruption of their market is always inevitable, whether by them or someone else.  Their disruptions are always good for some people, and bad for others.

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