Is following the crowd bad for business writing?
Ah, the herding effect. The idea that we, the human race, are far less free-thinking than we’d like to believe. And that if we see a crowd, we instinctively want to follow it. In recent years behavioural scientists have been quick to tell us what ‘most people like us’ are doing: whether that’s paying a […]
Why Gareth Southgate was right to lose
After England lost to Belgium last week, a media debate raged about whether Gareth Southgate, England’s manager, had made the right decision in fielding a weakened team. As I listened to a radio show, caller after caller rang in to make their case. One side argued that losing the game was a disaster because it […]
Adam’s guide to testing your writing
We’ve just had results back from a trial with a company that helps people get back into work. The sales team cold calls people who’ve been made redundant to offer a get-back-into-work package. We split the team into two groups: Team Brown (after Derren) and Team Beige. We gave Team Brown some behavioural tricks to […]
Why SuRie should have sung again
So, that’s Eurovision done for another year. We managed to escape the dreaded ‘nul points’ and SuRie heroically sung through, in spite of the stage invasion. But what we’ve all been debating in the office is whether she should have sung again. As it was, she left the stage to roaring applause and we expect […]
Let your body move to the change programme
For the last six months I’ve spent my Tuesday evenings singing in a choir. When we start a new song, our musical director’s first move is to break down each song into its component parts. I’m a baritone, so I’ll learn that line while the sopranos and altos learn theirs. We’ll work through the song […]
Three reasons your next training programme won’t stick
We hate to break the bad news so close to Learning at Work Week. But, as much as people want to learn, they’re also incredibly good at forgetting or resisting new information. With that in mind, here are three reasons we think most training programmes fail. And three ways to make yours stick. 1. […]
Why our money’s on Ucello Conti to win the Grand National
Ah, the Grand National. The one time a year when people who know nothing about horse racing feel compelled to have a flutter. And if you know nothing about it, how do you know where to put your money? It turns out almost half of us just go on the horse’s name. A lot of […]
Why are there always oranges left in the fruit bowl?
Like most normal people, I like oranges more than bananas. But when I’m faced with the office fruit bowl I’ll inevitably go for the banana. It’s a phenomenon you’ll see in homes and offices around the world, and there’s a simple explanation: friction. Oranges are just too much hard work. In fact, if you look […]