Monthly Archives: January 2013

A Field Guide To Workplace Terminology

As the ecosystem around the Workplace industry grows ever more complex, so too does the language we use to describe it. In an attempt to bring order to chaos, I present here a glossary of terms, acronyms and abbreviations to help you navigate these linguistic waters. 80/20 Rule – What you invoke to excuse yourself from reading […]

The Workplace Prayer

Please grant me the serenity to accept that the things I cannot change are going to mean pushing out project milestones and additional budget, The courage to change the things I can get the client to pay extra for, And the wisdom not to try to split the difference.

Five Go Mad On Google – Part 1

As it’s a Friday, I thought it might be fun to finish the week with a chuckle. With apologies to Enid Blyton One fine day, right at the beginning of the Easter holidays, four grownups and a dog commuted by train together. ‘Soon be there now,’ said Neil, a tall strong chap, with a determined […]

Perpetuating Corporate False Memory Syndrome?

“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell In this post I’ll be musing on the way in which service providers might be complicit in perpetuating unhelpful narratives that have become received wisdom within their client organisations. Without in any way wishing to belittle a condition […]

Snow White & The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People

It’s been said that there are no new stories under the sun. If this is true there’s no need to buy the latest tome from the management guru du jour. We should be able to learn all we need to know from existing narratives. For this to be even remotely convincing we’d need to try […]

Got the Fun Factory X-Factor?

Much of what I see and read on the design of workplaces is concerned with the experience of that workplace once you are actively engaged in it, whether as a prospective hire in process or an existing employee (or on how they reinforce brand values and help “attract and retain top talent”). There is less […]

The Ballad of the Knowledge Worker

Once upon a time, there was a simple minded soul who never dreamt that his routinely complex life followed in the grand narrative tradition of The Hero With A Thousand Faces. Of course, now that our protagonist has been exposed to the world of work/place consulting, the sleeper has awoken. Since the dawn of our […]