Bumper to Bumper

Driving home tonight, amongst the throng of rush hour traffic, I watched the many people who stay bumper to bumper. Not leaving an inch lest some ‘cheeky’ driver from a side junction jump in ‘their’ space. How very dare they!! Even if actually all that driver wants to do is cut through to their route on the other side of the queue. read more

What is it they say? Never assume…..

So, our right brain is where our creativity comes from isn’t it.

Well, turns out, no!

When we were with Doug Shaw the other week in our #artforworkssake session, Noel Gray had a go at drawing with his pencil in his left hand (he’s normally right handed by the way!) and he was pretty pleased with the results. He mused about whether it was because he had lower expectations of what he’d be able to do so he was able to draw more freely. And I suggested maybe there was something going on with switching to a different side of brain activity….. read more

Can I measure that?

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The other day I was in a well-known DIY store (although it could have been in any one of the big retailers).  I couldn’t find the light bulbs I was looking for so I went to the front to ask for help.  There was a lady standing near the entrance, someone in a ‘greeter’ type of role – perfect!  And she was very helpful, took me to the desk to check stock levels and then took me to where it was in store. read more

The art of the possible

On Friday 24th January a bunch of us got together with Doug Shaw in Milton Keynes to get creative in an Art for Work’s Sake session.

We all came with different creative backgrounds – some hadn’t been artists for years, some were starting to reconnect with their artistic heritage, and others were active artists.  And we all came with different expectations of the session – to give it a try, to build on previous experience, to see what it could mean for work. read more

Some other musings on engagement…….and little niggles

After Christmas I was in store helping remerchandise some stock ready for summer – yes, it will soon be here!  We help in stores as much as we can, but especially at Christmas and into the New Year when there’s a teeny weeny tiny bit of an increase in workload!

While I was there I couldn’t help spotting things that could be improved or changed to make life better for our colleagues and customers –
– a warehouse sticker had stuck onto a product which ripped the label as it came off
– one shelf was smaller than the rest so the plastic strips that hold the product dividers didn’t fit
– the packaging of one self-tan brand was so similar on all it’s products that it was really hard to tell them apart (shimmer self tan, matt self tan, mouse, gel, light, medium, dark…!) read more

Some other musings on engagement……and comms

Following on from Gemma Reucroft’s Musings on Engagement No.2 http://hrgemblog.com/2014/01/14/musings-on-engagement-no-2-connections/comment-page-1/#comment-406

I believe there are a number of layers to engagement –

There’s engagement with the purpose of your organisation because you believe what it’s on this earth to achieve (beyond profit) read more

Did you hear the one about……

This will come as a surprise but during the festive season we had a day where we ate lots of food at someone’s house!!  How off the wall are we!!

Anyway, as you’d expect, the prerequisite ‘lots of food’ had been bought and prepared by the host and, although we chipped in with some final bits of cooking / stirring / opening packets(!), the host had far and away done the lion’s share of the work. read more

Fancy a free lunch…..?

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……People say there’s no such thing…….but I’ve been noticing recently that there are free lunches everywhere!

Free Lunch #1

I first started to ponder this subject last week with @Prash_Jadav when we were chatting about kids toys.  A big topic at this time of year!  We were commenting on the expectation of kids, and adults, that a toy must a) make a noise, b) move by itself, c) have a touch screen – or any combination of these three aspects. read more

How many roots have you uncovered recently?

I was listening to the radio on my way home the other night and heard about a great new approach to dealing with low to mid risk domestic violence offenders.  Rather than sending these people off to prison for a few months, the social work team had devised an 18 week programme for these people to be part of.  The purpose of the programme was to change behaviour, and help people manage their anger, essentially through a coaching approach.  I struggled with some of it, e.g. “imagine what you don’t want your child to say about you when they’re 18″ – rather than focussing on the positive and pre-supposing success.  But overall it sounded like an amazing approach and seemed to be working (only 3 re-offenders out of about 70 participants so far – far less than people who get put away). read more