Six great productivity tips from Daniel Pink

More of this sort of thing is here. This below is from his occasional eNewsletter. Worth signing up to. 1. Honor the 2-Minute rule.This one comes from the great David Allen, whose Getting Things Done methodology I’ve used for 15 years. In short, if you’ve got something to do that takes less than two minutes, do it…

When stressed, men are more prone to taking risky bets with little payoff

Interesting NY Times piece this weekend that makes the case for more diversity in stressed decison making: “Credit Suisse examined almost 2,400 global corporations from 2005 to 2011 — including the years directly preceding and following the financial crisis — and found that large-cap companies with at least one woman on their boards outperformed comparable…

  • Oct 19, 2014
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Any reader views on the changed blog template?

Because I look at this blog more than anyone else (as the author one would but that does feel narcissistic) I get bored with the template some times. Google bought Blogger and then has, as they so often do, done little with it when presumably they didn’t make much money. This seems like a mistake…

If you care about quality environmental journalism…

Then support Mongabay.com and Mongabay.org. They do amazing work. I spent a few days with the founder, Rhett Butler, earlier this year and I’ve had some personal insight into how tough it’s been to make living doing environmental journalism over the last 15 years. Rhett and his team do an amazing job – if you…

Can 50,000 Slideshare views be wrong?

Yes they can, of course. I am not actually sure who uses Slideshare.net, aside from me. But apparently the population of Monaco equivalent has viewed my random presentations on CSR and sustainable business and corporate governance etc, on there in the last 12 months. They tell me, ego-boostingly, that I am in the top 1%…

“The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013”

According to the editor of Harvard Business Review online, they are these: 1.  Leaning in will only get us so far 2.  If your knowledge-based industry hasn’t been disrupted yet, get ready 3.  The right kind of project management — and project manager — really matters 4.  The rest of us still have a lot…

Seven sustainability/CSR trends for 2014, and some personal plans

Big year for companies and forests ahead This year I won’t offer my own summary of 2013, given what we published on Ethicalcorp.com and in the print edition, did the job rather well. You can read it here. In a general business sense you can also read the 2014 preview here. Here’s a few quick…

  • Dec 31, 2013
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Most popular blog posts of 2013 on the Smarter Business blog

Festive greetings to all readers. As the year draws to a close here are the most popular posts from the blog during the year. Some are on the list because they were linked to by others, so I make no quality guarantees on my own behalf. A couple I picked out myself, as I liked…

  • Dec 24, 2013
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Here’s some essential new reading about sustainable palm oil

Here’s some essential reading about sustainable palm oil, selected from the betterpalmoildebate.org website, which I run with Nadine Hawa and Mallen Baker for the RSPO.  1) Feeding the world without costing the earth  Palm oil itself isn’t the problem. It’s how much is being produced and at what cost, says Emily Dunstan  2) How GreenPalm is underselling…

  • Nov 30, 2013
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