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Bullshit Jobs

Bullshit Jobs

In Bullshit Jobs, American anthropologist David Graeber posits that the productivity benefits of automation have not led to a 15-hour workweek, as predicted by economist John Maynard Keynes in 1930, but instead to “bullshit jobs”: “a form of paid employment that is so completely pointless, unnecessary, or pernicious that even the employee cannot justify its existence even though, as part …

Your Schedule is Yours

Your Schedule is Yours

The gift of time. Is there anything more precious other than perhaps love? If you are lucky enough to manage your own time then make sure you own it. If you don’t – others will plunder it and make it theirs. Example? I’ve been doing daily writing for the last 30 days. Hooray. So what’s …

Learning To Lead Through Technology

Thinking in Systems & Change Management

This week on Automation for the Nation I discuss Thinking In Systems and Change Management, talking about systems complexity and systems change. How do we manage change? Assessing urgency and what does it mean when no-one is owning a (technical) systems problem. I talk about a common problem with projects and systems and how we …

Transformation For Your Schedule

Transformation For Your Schedule

Looking back to the start of the week, how did you get on with the challenge of transforming your schedule? One of the benefits of having a schedule is that it should confront you. There are things that you need to do, you’ve committed to. If you find yourself avoiding them, postponing them or dreading …

How To Build Your Marketing System

How To Build Your Marketing System

Yesterday I talked about The Level Playing Field. After I wrote that piece I thought about the consequences of the statement and wrote this: Sales Drive Business Marketing Drives Sales Marketing Has Changed Finding Your Customer is Essential Differentiation Is The Core Of Your Message Your Story Must Make Sense Align those concepts in your …

The Pros and Cons of Excel Spreadsheets

Even in 2022, if ever you need to analyse or present data there is always Microsoft Excel. It’s readily available, it’s portable (meaning you can easily share files) and it’s a great option for analysis and reporting. It’s the Swiss Army Knife of data tools, easily connected to multiple data sources, easy to share. But …