Three things you can learn from cute labradors that will make you more successful at work

There’s a video doing the rounds on Twitter that you may have seen – over 14 million people have so far. BBC sports commentator Andrew Cotter posted a clip of his two Labradors playing with a toy, overlaid with his trademark enthusiastic sports commentary describing the performance as he would an Olympic final. It’s hilarious …

Five things Elon Musk can teach you about leadership (some good, some bad)

(Originally published on InsideHR) Few CEOs are as visible as Elon Musk. With this high profile comes a big reputation, and this, like so much else that surrounds the man, is polarised. Depending on your position he might be a charismatic visionary and inspirational leader; or he could be a loose cannon who can’t control …

Is workplace social media damaging your employees?

(Originally published on HRM Online) Organisations work hard to create connections and collaboration between their employees. Increasingly, firms are embracing social media platforms to encourage this, with tools such as Yammer and Workplace by Facebook ubiquitous. But just as there is an increasing body of research showing the negative effects of social media usage in …

What pot plants and lottery tickets have to teach us about rating calibration

(A version of this article was published on HRM Online on 11 January 2019) Calibration – the collective review and adjustment of ratings – is widely used by organisations to remove bias and inconsistency from the performance management process. However, it also removes control and ownership from the manager and employee, and that can be …