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The end of experience?

October 30, 2009

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That someone can honestly be quoted as saying “Staff don’t need to retain information any more, they just need to go somewhere where they can reference it” is perhaps one of the most horrifying sentences I have yet come across in the world of employment and education.  Staff don’t need to retain information any more, […]

Influence: the Psychology of Persuasion

October 30, 2009

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I’m often wary of books that look like this for fear of them masquerading as an interesting read before revealing themselves to be nothing more than a spurious collection of sales truisms.  This book is different. It walks through theory in an enlightening and surprising kind of way to leave you knowing about techniques that […]

A virtuous cycle

October 30, 2009

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The key to encouraging more people to take up cycling to work lies in getting employers to ensure that bike parking, changing and showering facilities match up to the Government’s cycle-to-work scheme, according to the Transport Secretary, Lord Adonis. In his launch of a new and improved scheme, Lord Adonis wants large employers to improve on the […]

The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories

October 30, 2009

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I won’t pretend that this book doesn’t take some work, and at 736 large pages of small text, it certainly does.  But Booker’s masterpiece is well worth the perseverance (and possibly a ten day holiday to Canada fit it into) for anyone interested in why we tell stories and which ones we tell.  Booker talks through […]

Put your money in graduates!

October 30, 2009

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In the 90s it was houses.  Recently talk has been of gold.  But new research by Dr Anthony Hesketh of Lancaster University Management school suggests that putting your money into graduates will give you a 500% return with the break even point coming after 20 months. Commissioned by the Government’s Backing Young Britain campaign, the […]

One Red Paperclip: Or How an Ordinary Man Achieved His Dream with the Help of a Simple Office Supply

October 30, 2009

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A book that gallops from start to finish.  I defy you to put it down, or to take more than a day to read it!  It’s one of those annoyingly simple ideas that you wish you’d thought of, straight out of the Dave Gorman mold.  But reading Kyle’s story, it becomes apparent that few people […]

Identifying value in free Higher Education

October 28, 2009

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It makes me somewhat uneasy reading Seth Godin’s thoughts on the future of education, especially when his conclusion is that an education system that tends towards the free doesn’t necessarily negate the possibility of making money. What he seems to have overlooked is not the concept of cost but of value in the kind of […]