"Anyone can be a cynic"

Here are some insights and observations that were shared via Twitter (and Google+) this past week.

I had the great pleasure of meeting Hugh Macleod – @GapingVoid @GapingVoidArt – and watching him in action this week at Sibos-Innotribe in Toronto. Here is one of my favourite cartoons:

Quotes of the Week:

“The Internet is the largest and most expensive human artifact ever created.” ~ Stowe Boyd via @GapingVoid

“10 year old daughter: ‘Are you going in for work or for meetings?’ Even she knows there is a difference! ;-)” – by @KevinDJones

“What it means to be skillful is going to change when information is universally accessible.” ~ Lawrence Summers via @willrich45

Evidence-based HR: How many Deloitte HR consultants does it take to jelly a stapler?

I recently had the misfortune of finding myself diverted by this report and my immediate reaction was to ridicule its pretensions and verbosity but words fail me – it is beyond ridicule.  As someone who is well-used to the rhetoric of large consultancies I still find it difficult to conceive how an organisation like Deloitte can employ so many supposedly intelligent people, who take themselves so seriously, and yet are happy to discharge such large volumes of untreated sewage into the HR ‘sea’.  Or perhaps I under-estimate Deloitte – maybe they know exactly what their HR clients like to wallow in?

If you don’t have social interactions at work, how can you be productive in a creative economy? How playing Games at Work Can Help Boost Your Creativity by @elsua

[We should] do another piece of research or study on the impact of NOT having social software tools, or games, to build trust, connect, collaborate and share your knowledge with your peers, customers and business partners.

How internet time is changing business – by @Om

Finally, I reiterated on Twitter that My blog is my “outboard brain” where I put many thoughts and ideas. If people read them, that’s fine; but it’s mainly for me.

One Response to “"Anyone can be a cynic"”

  1. John

    Another thing that is difficult (besides being human) is actually making a difference. It is easy to avoid the difficult task of actually addressing areas for improvement by painting the criticism as negative, unrealistic or putting off consideration until solutions are offered. From my viewpoint it seems like we are too willing to accept poor performance based on the status quo and too unwilling to accept changes required for improvement.


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