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August 2011

Risky times, risk perception and the sabotage of our own inner kluge

I’ve been writing a lot about risk over the last year or two. My trusty little old Oxford dictionary defines risk as ‘hazard, chance of bad consequences, loss etc; exposure to mischance’ – but also as ‘venture on, take the chances of’. The online Business Dictionary defines its general meaning as ‘probability or threat of a damage, injury, liability, loss, or other negative occurrence, caused by external or internal vulnerabilities, …Read More

Company culture: the iceberg effect

Company culture is like PR – it’s something you have whether you plan it or not. And for many organizations, it’s unspoken and implicit. I’ve seen this in my work on manufacturing and construction sites and on farms. For example, on one site, people will walk past a faulty environmental control while staff on another will call the environmental team or simply fix it themselves. How much harder will it …Read More

A sneak preview and an invitation to be a part of the book

I am just doing the final proofing of this ebook now, and it will be published from my website by mid-September. This practical workbook contains leading questions and detailed worksheets to help you: find partners within and beyond your organization make a compelling case for the needs and benefits of your training program understand your trainees and their learning needs develop training content and delivery that works measure the success of your …Read More

‘Eco-non-money’ growing within the economy

A grab-bag of ideas could be symptomatic of a wider groundswell of support for an economic system that values people and the environment. I’ve already blogged (e.g. 3 May 2011) about the growing disillusion with unethical practices in the financial sector – hilariously, a report released a year or more ago by the New Economics Foundation called “A bit rich: Calculating the real value to society of different professions” found …Read More

Making decisions in uncertain times

Why do people keep writing books about what’s going to happen in the near and far future, asks iconoclast Dan Gardner, when these ‘experts’ have an appalling track record on the accuracy of their predictions? In his recent book Future Babble, he also asks why the rest of us in droves keep buying these books! His explanation is that we cannot tolerate uncertainty, and demand to know what’s coming next …Read More