Every word a picture - image for article by Greg Alder

Every word a picture

A picture is worth a thousand words. True or false? True in the case of Ikea assembly instructions. How much more difficult would they be without illustrations? False in the case of literature. How often have you been disappointed in…

A finger pointing at the moon

A finger pointing at the moon

There’s a story often told about Buddha instructing a student on the difference between truth and belief. Buddha explains to the student: “My teaching is not a dogma or a doctrine. My teaching is a method to experience reality and…

Do you have the D factor - image for article by Greg Alder

Do you have the D factor?

Before you answer the question, you’ll likely want to know what it is. First up, I can tell you that the D factor isn’t as sexy as the X factor (although sex is sometimes involved). Second, the D factor can…

SOFT SKILLS, HARD FACTS

Soft skills, hard facts

A Canadian documentary on work featured two men who worked for General Motors at the car maker’s plant outside Toronto. One of the men had operated the same machine for 15 years, the other for 17 years. The men had…

The magic kettle - image for article by Greg Alder

The magic kettle

Cameron Meadows looked at the magic kettle in his hands and felt worried. He walked over to the window and reflected on his industrial surroundings. He had always loved beautiful Oxford with its putrid, panicky parks. It was a place…

WHERE THE SOUL RESIDES

Where the soul resides

“Alright, children, I’d like you to point to your brain.” The kids point to their heads. “Very good. Now point to your knee.” The kids point to their knees. “OK. Now point to your heart.” The children point to their…

Hyperactive groupie meet anxious loner

First, some facts. 70% of us work in open plan offices. However, 60% of us say we’re more creative in private environments. But then, once we’re in these quiet places, 30% of us choose to collaborate. Confused? Here’s more. Open…

Together we create - image for article by Greg Alder

Buy the idea, be the idea

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” You’ve no doubt heard the saying. There’s a lot of wisdom in it. Nobody wants to…

Excellence in non-communication - image for article by Greg Alder

Excellence in non-communication

Bill, the CEO of AcmeCom, receives an email from a trusted consultant. Jill, the consultant, has been guiding the company’s communications for several years. It hasn’t been easy. Being independent, she feels she has insights that those inside the business…

if women ruled - image for article by Greg Alder

If women ruled

There’s a lot of talk about the damage mankind has done to earth. But really, for ‘mankind’ we should read ‘man’. It’s the male of our species that’s done the bulk of the damage. This got me thinking. Can men…