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Cartoon: Someone is wrong on the Internet …

In Facebook, Humour, Social Media, Twitter on August 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

Loads to write about, so little time. Prompted by a friend over in Facebook to go find this and share it though. Enjoy- normal blogging will resume shortly I hope!


Cartoon: The ME guide to Social MEdia…

In Humour, Infographic, Social Media, Social Recruiting on July 20, 2012 at 11:55 am

What social media platform should I use


Original credit to John Atkinson @ WrongHands

Blog: 9 top tips for making meetings more useful

In Humour, Personal Development on January 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

Productive meetingsRead an interesting post recently on Google’s approach to meetings, trying to improve efficiency.  A few pointers in there I like, a few less so.  Made me thing of my own approach over the years and how it’s changed. I’ve sat round the table as client, supplier, stake-holder, minion etc. so have a fairly rounded view.  For what it’s worth, a few of my thoughts. Love to hear yours!

  1. Ideally, five people is my limit. There’s a law to be applied here: The usefulness of any meeting is inversely proportional to the number of people in attendance.
  2. No decision-maker? No meeting.
  3. No reporters. Nothing constructive to add? Don’t be there. Be somewhere else, doing something else.
  4. Corridor meetings are NOT evil. How many times have you sat in a session with a handful of people for an hour, and thought upon leaving “well, a 5 minute conversation with X would have resolved that”?
  5. Be on time. Everyone has occasional over-runs, but if someone is a regular late arrival or no-show, it denotes a lack of respect for either the subject matter or the team. Whichever it is, the impact will be detrimental eventually.
  6. The agenda. If you need to hit a specific subject hard, prepare one. If it’s a thought session, why do it as a formal meeting? Go get lunch together instead, allow your brain to wander. Creativity is the key.
  7. Argue. Debate. Air your views. Don’t sit quietly, accept something you disagree with, then do a half-hearted job of delivering it. You may lose the debate, but you’ll be pleased you fought your corner.
  8. Have someone in the hot-seat. Doesn’t always need to be the decision maker, but if you’re there to achieve something (which you should be!), you need to stay on track.
  9. Think as you arrange: “Could this have been an email?”. If it’s just informational…

That’s me done for now.  What else can I be doing?


Blog: When check-ins go wrong #hrtecheurope

In Humour, Recruitment, Social Media on November 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

So I’ve been enjoying the HR Tech Europe event yesterday/today, collating thoughts as I go. Hope to blog those at a later time, but for now, I wanted to share this.  As you may know, FourSquare allows you to “check in” to locations on your phone and has a variety of interesting uses.  However, when you let it tweet, it’ll add a little data automatically about the venue.

Noticed this one earlier today – can you spot the unintended data add-on?


bad check in

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