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For Richer, for Poorer

I have followed the fortunes of Julian Richer (founder, owner and boss of Richer Sounds) since he started out in 1978. His story is to be admired because his achievement in commercial success is matched by his principled and ethical management style. Sadly, few business leaders can measure up to him in either capacity.

His latest move, to hand 60% of his business to his 522 employees –...

Mindfulness at Work - What are the Benefits?

There has been a focus during Mental Health Awareness week on workplace wellbeing. Reports suggest that mental ill health is estimated to cost UK businesses £35 billion annually, with 1 in 4 UK workers struggling with problems such as anxiety, low mood and stress at work.

The Heads Together and Mind Charities have recently announced a Workplace Wellbeing Programme, with information and...

From Silicon Valley with Love

News last week was that, for the latest Bond movie, the baddie is to be “a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology” and our hero is recruited to rescue a kidnapped scientist.

What can that mean? Will Daniel Craig be searching for someone like the head of Facebook, Apple, Google, Amazon, Tesla, Huawei, or such like, with the captive scientist writing algorithms to take over...

Surveillance Capitalism puts us on our Marx!

It was some time after people first started using another person’s labour to turn a profit, that the process was termed capitalism, the method by which the few were extracting a ‘labour surplus’ from their workers.

Similarly, some time after the big tech companies, like Google and Facebook, started extracting a ‘behavioural surplus’ from their customers, we have now been given a term for it –...

Corporate loyalty - always a good thing?

A psychologist (Julia Shaw) has pointed to what she calls ‘social contagion’ as a source of harm in a business and company context.

What she means is also known as behavioural contagion – a type of social influence. It has been defined as ‘the propensity for certain behaviour exhibited by one person to be copied by others who are either in the vicinity of the original ‘actor’, or who have...

 

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