Monthly Archives: December 2012

The First Lemming Over The Cliff or The Game Changer?

Over the past few weeks I’ve been pondering on various notions of innovation and I’ve often argued that there is very little true innovation happening in the world of work. Testing my supposition, I went back to the dictionary definition and it’s worth repeating here: in·no·va·tion [in-uh–vey-shuh n] noun 1. something new or different introduced 2. […]

Workplace Limericks

An occasional series, as and when they occur to me… There was a young man from HR, Who managed his team from afar. When review time fell due, He knew just what to do, And used feedback to help raise the bar. And one that I tweeted a little while back: There was a young […]

Design for success – lessons from history

My previous three posts have referred to human endeavour at the limits of our horizon. It is often said that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Perhaps then we might look to the following to form the basis for a guide as to what to consider: Mastery of the […]

Performance – expediency or lasting legacy?

As is well documented, Scott and his men were denied priority by Roald Amundsen’s team. The Norwegian embarked in a craft stripped of all extraneous ephemera, the team similarly equipped – a reflection perhaps of todays pared back workplaces, designed to maximise productivity and keep cost to a minimum. Scott’s party on the other hand, […]

Mavericks – giving function a soul

I jokingly tweeted recently in response to an interview with Craig Knight (http://www.thepsychologist.org.uk/archive/archive_home.cfm?volumeID=25&editionID=219&ArticleID=2171) regarding the design of workplaces to be purely functional. This got me thinking about what purely functional workplaces we have seen and what the experiences of those working in them have been. The lunar modules of the Apollo space program were absolutely […]

Choice – a personal journey

“And I tell you, if you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore. If you are a brave man you will do nothing: if you are fearful you may do much, for none but cowards have need to prove their bravery. Some will tell you […]

Welcome

I’m going to be asking for your help so bear with me. Since being made redundant in June 2012, I’ve decided to keep abreast of happenings in the world of work via social media. I’ve taken to Twitter (you can find me @SimonHeath1) and have a weather eye on LinkedIn and only really use Facebook […]