You Can’t Argue With The Numbers

Numbers, and in particular mathematics, are considered to be the language of science. As such, numbers take on a particularly amazing quality: they’re immediately associated with facts and statistics. For example, did you know that only 1% of people who set out to achieve a goal actually succeed? The other 99% fail or give up.…

The Great Average

None of us want to be average, right? Most of us want to be more than average. Most of want to experience more than average. I don’t know anyone who would tell their boss they’re aiming for an average performance this year. I’ve not met the person who would go into a restaurant and expect…

Have You Made Up Your Mind Yet?

What’s on your mind? How many choices and decisions do you have to make today? How many long term decisions or concerns are occupying your mind right now? Our minds are only capable of making a certain number of decisions. This number can vary depending on the type of decisions you have to make; we…

The Attraction of The Highly Unlikely

Last year the UK’s National Lottery organisers changed how the game worked and, in doing so, they decreased the odds of winning from 1 in 14 million to 1 in 49 million. They took this decision as, over the course of some years, ticket sales had been on a constant decline. But the decision to…

Choosing The Right Container

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for it’s completion” – Parkinsons Law When you consider Parkinson’s Law, it makes work tasks sound like gas, which expand to fill whatever container you put it in. Essentially our work, our tasks and activities will take as much time as we give them. This is the…

Can You Hear The Music?

The other day on a flight home I saw a man reading. But rather than a book, magazine or newspaper he was reading sheet music. I’ve never seen someone read music like that. As his eyes moved across the notes on the page, he moved his hand to the rhythm of the music and hummed along.…

Looking For The Better Job

What is your ideal job? Is it the job you are doing right now? If not, what would be your ideal job? What would make it better than your current role? How we feel about our job has a massive impact on how well we perform in them. It’s one of the many reasons businesses have…

A Dream And A Whisper

The value of a business on the stock exchange is largely determined by the confidence of its shareholders in that company’s goals being achieved. If your goals were a business listed on the stock exchange, would their value be rising or falling? How confident are you and other shareholders (your family, friends and colleagues) of…

Choose and Leap or Fail and Fall

When you slip and fall gravity pulls you down. It’s the knowledge of that awesome and consistent power that generally keeps us from leaping off a cliff edge into an abyss. Sometimes we have to make a change in our lives, either of our own choice or when a situation forces us to do so.…

The Fear of Missing Out

I’m not one for sales – especially around Christmas and New Year with hoards of people all pushing and shoving to get a bargain. However, like most people, I find myself buying things ‘on sale’ or ‘on offer’ on a regular basis. Often this leads to us buying things we don’t need, which is especially…