Do the Ally McBeal

Sometimes we just need some time to think in the heat of battle, or the heat of a workplace situation. Especially reflector types. After all, the pace of business life seems so quick, we need a technique to slow things down. So my suggestion is to do the Ally McBeal or to copy one of the characters, Peter MacNicol, who adopted a fascinating routine every time he wanted to think something through. He would lean onto the desk and clasp his two hands over his nose and eyes like he…

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You can’t beat the real thing

I'm returning to London on Saudi Arabian Airlines and I've just accepted a delicious snack served with coffee. The snack is something I used to despise having to endure the box being opened on Christmas Day and tasting one just to appease my mum who adored them.  The snack?  Dates. But during my business trip to Saudi Arabia I was re-introduced to dates and what a difference. Gorgeous, sweet and an amazing accompaniment to Arabian coffee. The reason for the difference in taste is quite clear - they're fresh having…

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Activating your meetings

One of the most hated experiences in modern business is attending meetings. Most just don't tick people's boxes. Time consuming, often boring, unnecessary, dull, irrelevant, painful. The list goes on. Thankfully web based meetings are coming into fashion, these not only shorten the meeting time but also tend to speed up the presentation to key points, and at least you don't have to travel to get to them. But they're not perfect, yet, they don't have the benefit of human interaction and chemistry, not yet anyway until we get invited…

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