LinkedIn.com is a fantastic business tool for individuals and companies
alike. It is a website that creates huge scope for networking, marketing,
creativity and friendship. It is part of what is known as Web 2.0, the next
generation of internet use, where social networking forms a large part of the
new appreciation of the possibilities the internet provides. Facebook and
MySpace set the ball rolling and now business people and companies are
Many people who join LinkedIn use it as a shop window for themselves. It
becomes their live, online CV or resume if they are looking for a new job. It
can be also used as a way of giving them credibility within their industry.
When you join you can search for and invite people that you know to connect
to you. You can also be invited by others to be part of their network.
As your connections grow so does your greater n... (more)
The Lockerbie bomber has been 'set free for oil' scream recent headlines. It
seems that the British Government uses the Groucho Marx School of thinking…
“Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have
A negotiation tactic is to give something away that costs you little yet has
value to the other party. In the oil for prisoners negotiation it is easy to
see the short term win. What are the longer-term implications of sacrificing
a principle? In this case, diminished reputation, loss of confidence in
leadership, a further target, to name but a few.
Sustainability is an increasingly common term in today's world. It is most
widely used to communicate goals around ‘saving the planet', renewable
energy and feeding the Earth's population. The concept of sustainability
refers to the ability to maintain balance of a certain process or state in
any system and is central to studies of ecological and biological systems.
If we see business as an organism and start to explore sustainability as an
overarching goal we will find that this idea has been around for hundreds of
years. At Mitchell Phoenix we often ask people to consider ‘What... (more)
I attended BizClimate 2010 last week, part of a series of conferences taking
place at New York Climate Week headlined by the Bill Clinton Initiative (only
$30,000 a ticket). Climate Week revolved around the opportunities for
business in investment, cost saving and the creation of climate wealth.
BizClimate 2010 used Moore's Law of Sustainability as a vision for the way in
which business would drive the carbon economy in the future. Gordon Moore was
a founder of Intel and changed the face of the technology world when he
predicted that the density of semi-conductors on a chip would ... (more)
When choosing a leadership development programme, one may encounter courses
which promise “facilitation by experts.” The experts will have a
background in a particular industry, and will draw on this background as they
develop managers from the same industry on their programme.
In this way, ex civil-servants will train other civil servants, ex
manufacturing directors will instil leadership and management disciplines in
those working in manufacturing, ex-lawyers will develop other lawyers, and ex
IT professionals will inculcate “soft skills” in current IT
When the d... (more)