March 2018

29
Mar

Mental Models

I read once that one of the reasons that Charlie Munger is considered to be so wise and has such good judgement is that he has a range of ‘mental models’ that he can and will apply to any problem or situation. Mental models can be simple assumptions or complex theories about how the world works. We don’t so much learn these mental models through education as gather them as we grow, often vicariously, usually unconsciously and probably, too frequently, unquestioningly.

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22
Mar

Pivot point

On the Scale Up journey of every business and every business leader there are a number of identifiable pivot points. Points where things need to change, to evolve and to improve that are critical to the continued growth and success of the enterprise.

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15
Mar

I was wrong

Yes I admit it. For several years now I have been recommending that in every business, every employee should have a job description. Clarity is everything and a job description should contain; the main purpose of the job, the measurements that the job holder can use to prove he is doing the job well and a mission a statement to show the improvement that the job holder is expected to make; in other words from x to y by z date.

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08
Mar

The Cow

Johann Hari relates the story of a Cambodian farmer who lost a leg in a land mine explosion in his brilliant book ‘Lost Connections’. He goes on to tell how the farmer became depressed and despondent because even though he had had an artificial limb fitted working in the paddy fields was painful and caused endless stress.

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01
Mar

13 Percent

The Gallup Organisation reveal that the proportion of the workforce who are actively engaged with the business they work with is as low as 13%. There are variations from country to country, for sure, but the average is 13%. The UK is just below 13%.

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