Alan Thomson

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Here's the Best Way to Make Your Exercise Habit Stick

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Customer Service Needs to Be Either More or Less Robotic

More and more I’ve been finding myself in what robotics experts call the <i>uncanny valley</i> — which isn’t a physical place but a concept that captures the off-kilter, quasi-human weirdness of certain forms of artificial intelligence. The last time was when I called in a take-out order to what I assumed …

A Fairer Way of Giving Credit Where It’s Due

People have a deep need to feel that their contributions to the group are acknowledged — even celebrated. Financial compensation alone cannot satisfy that requirement.<p>Fairly assigning credit, however, is difficult. In a knowledge economy, the intellectual origin of a given idea is very hard to …

The Strategic Mistake Almost Everybody Makes

“It is simple math,” the strategist said in a tone that sounded suspiciously similar to how I explain things to my six-year-old daughter. “Decreasing churn by a percent — a single percent! — creates tens of millions of dollars of value. A point of market share creates five times that amount. Our …

Develop the Leaders You’ve Been Overlooking

Say the word <i>leader</i> and most people immediately think of those with business cards that says “manager,” “director,” or other such lofty title. That is, the people who hold positions of stature within a company’s hierarchy, to whom several individuals report, and whose influence comes in great …

Meadow Cottage (ref W31999) in Aughadown, near Skibbereen, County Cork | Irish-Country-Cottages

With lovely views of Roaring Water Bay and Kilcoe Castle and a few hundred yards from a charming inlet and pier, this holiday cottage is located …

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Are You a Business Romantic? - A Job Posting

The Business Romantic Society is looking for an experienced Business Romantic to join its global team. Reporting to the CEO, the Business Romantic …

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Our Dangerous Obsession with External Recognition

Rebecca, a tech entrepreneur, would love you to equate her company’s expansive press coverage with real value creation. “Yesterday, we got written up in TechCrunch and LA Magazine, and we all had dinner at Nobu to celebrate!” She will, however, conveniently forget to mention that her startup has …

Don’t Get Defensive: Communication Tips for the Vigilant

When we get defensive, we make it that much harder for our conversational counterparts to hear what we’re saying. We also make it harder to really listen to what *they* have to say. Soon, we’re shadow-boxing, defending ourselves against attacks that aren’t real, and wasting energy — and …

The internet won't forget Cameron's lies, and neither will the British people

If you delete all the speeches and programmes where you promised a better, fairer country from your archives and attempt to prevent anyone from …

This Isn’t Capitalism — It’s Growthism, and It’s Bad for Us

You know the alien cults that announce to their followers that next year, on October 28th, at precisely 4:05 pm, the master race will arrive, and save humanity? Of course, the aliens never arrive. But that doesn’t stop the cult from believing. It only strengthens their belief.<p>If, as I’d bet you do, …

How to Pick Your Battles at Work

You hate that people consistently show up to meetings late. You find your company’s maternity policy woefully inadequate. You think the company’s IT system is out of date. It’s normal to be bothered by work issues like these, but when do you move from complaining to taking action? How do you decide …

What Corporations Can Learn From a 4,000-Person Parade Extravaganza (Seriously)

The samba schools that compete in São Paulo’s annual Carnival parade are big, complex organizations. Mocidade Alegre, which danced away with first place in the parade this year and in 2012, brings almost 4,000 people to the parade. They show up on time, dressed in exuberant costumes and arranged in …

Today, Just Be Average

Do you ever “back door brag” about being a perfectionist?<p>Unlike other obsessions and addictions, perfectionism is something a lot of people celebrate, believing it’s an asset. But true perfectionism can actually get in the way of productivity and happiness.<p>I recently interviewed David Burns, author …

Be a Minimally Invasive Manager

<i>So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. —Peter Drucker</i><p>One of the hardest things for entrepreneurs to learn is that most of the time, the best thing they can do is get out of the way of the people actually doing the work. That’s the core tenant of what …

Don’t Treat Your Career Marathon Like a Sprint

In high school, I was on the cross-country running team. I was only a decent athlete, and midway through the season, my coach demoted me to the “B team.” I wanted to prove to him I deserved to be back on the “A team,” so I launched into my first “B race” at a far faster pace than normal.<p>I was …

How to Break Through a Career Impasse

Many of the successful managers and professionals who come back to business school at mid-career are looking for more than honing their leadership skills. Many are stuck in their careers. They’re looking for direction and support for the changes they long to make in the near future. But, their …