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What I learned from the snake queue...

The lesson of the snake queue
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it or Leave well enough alone.  But do we?  Oh no, we are always trying to improve on things, no matter how well they work.
Progress does come from constant improvement, but it needs to be an improvement!
Hence the lesson of the snake queue… I know that life isn’t always fair, I also don’t believe that everything happens for a reason (see below). However, the advent of the snake queue made me feel so happy.  I knew that, once I was in it, I would get served next.  I didn’t have to decide which shopping trolleys in front of me had more items, and pick a line accordingly, I simply joined at the rear and waited my turn. Those stores who have duplicate snakes facing each other do add a small element of stress in terms of which one to select, but I cope quite well with this one if I have my Kindle…. The same at airports, pharmacies and banks, such a fair system. Then, a colleague and I went to the USA and arrived at Washington Airport with…

Favourite Words

Shambolic – it simply sounds better to me than chaotic.. Do lots of people have favourite words or just a few of us nerds? As everybody is starting to think holidays (or maybe you prefer to vacation), it seemed a good time for a different type of blog. Have you noticed how many words with pleasant associations sound more attractive than those that describe the negative. Watching a TV quiz show the other night made me wonder. The contestant hated bulbous and gusset! There have always been some words that appeal to me, triskaidekaphobia being one. I now know that I had the meaning wrong! I thought it meant fear of Friday the 13th, but it is simply a fear of the number 13, so how does paraskevidekatriaphobia grab you? That is the real word for fear of Friday the 13th. Love it! Now I prefer rural to bucolic, but Robert Beard (see below) selected the latter as one of his favourites. Effervescent is a gorgeous word, so descriptive and onomatopoeic while ethereal makes me think of gossamer and fairie…

We vs Them - relationships in business

“We” vs “Them” – relationships in business
Somewhere, sometime, I read an article that referred to “creating a stronger we” by “identifying a them”.  We seem to do it in all levels of our lives, both business and personal. In its extreme form it can become dangerous! In business, sport or life in general, when building teams or a strong culture, us and them scenarios form a significant part of a winning strategy. Obvious stuff. However, in a world where we have opened the traditional barriers and borders via social networking, new networks are being forged every day.   People belong to multiple groups and are aligning themselves in a different way.   The traditional concept of brand and group loyalty is changing as a result.  While loyalty levels to the groups might vary, most of us have a strong desire to belong.  The global village offers unbelievable opportunities for building powerful networks, regular contact with people from all over the world and continual learning.   If you read Dr…

Rain from a cloudless sky

This morning, as I was packing my boot to go to work, I felt a few drops of water on my arm. I looked up into a clear, blue sky.. Maybe it came off the car? I went inside for my goodbyes, came back out, and there it was, a steady drizzle seemingly coming from a cloudless sky.
It seemed impossible.
Our knowledge about our world, and the possibilities, is extensive,and yet we are often limited by what we believe to be possible. It is something I think about all the time, particularly when viewing my guilty pleasure, magicians and mind readers. How do they do it?
Our holding company Telkom:Business Connexion has the mission of making the impossible possible through technology. And it is happening! Every day, we become aware of some amazing new development that only a mind like DaVinci's could have conceptualised in advance.
I would love to hear some impossible stories! Please let me know if you have one that made you gasp with disbelief.
Personally, though, I am still struggling with rai…

Working at home – Lifestyle AND Career Choice

Working at home – Lifestyle AND Career Choice
It’s becoming easier.   Technology enables working from anywhere.   Go into any coffee shop and see the number of people working at laptops, holding meetings and sharing cell phone business conversations with the world at large… But if you work for a corporate and are planning a big career, do the advantages of missing the daily commute and the noise and buzz of open plan space outweigh the disadvantages? I do not believe that absence makes the heart grow fonder in the work environment.  In fact, just the opposite. Teams work because they are close together.  You don’t build ability in a sports team by everybody practicing in separate venues and coming together five minutes before a match.  The same goes for a choir. Or is that changing with social media?   Are people able to build up great team spirit and work effectively without proximity? I think it’s possible unless the model is not consistent.   So if you have a team of 10 where 5 work in t…