Gender distractions and Recruitment

Today was supposed to be the day that I really cracked on with either writing more of my book or at the very least reading more of 'Flawed by Willing' - which incidentally is proving an exceptional read.  As is often the case I got distracted and today's distraction was gender inequality. The distraction was … Continue reading Gender distractions and Recruitment

‘Disrupting’ Performance Reviews and sandcastles

*I published this on Linkedin first and it pretty much died a death - apologies if it has popped up for you again.* The use of the word 'disruption' in HR has reached near epic proportions. It has reached a level of usage that almost makes it the norm, therefore resulting in either a complete … Continue reading ‘Disrupting’ Performance Reviews and sandcastles

Easy now, here comes the future… #HRTechEurope

A number of recent research papers have suggested that within the next 6 months the entire world will be run by a robot army, thereby leaving us as a species with little to do except sit around puzzling as to the role of humans in an economy that is run by robots. Of course, we don't need to do … Continue reading Easy now, here comes the future… #HRTechEurope

A magic tool for getting answers

And I thought I was just being lazy…


Over the last few years I’ve found, without fail, that if I ask someone two things in an email – they will pretty much always answer only one.

I’ve tried using bold font, putting the questions up front, using bullet points and changing my writing style. Nothing seems to work. However simple the two questions or actions are (e.g. Shall we meet on Thursday at 2pm? Can you also send me through the XX document for me to review before this) I will either get sent the document and the 2pm meeting isn’t mentioned, or vice versa.

It has driven me to distraction at times.

However thanks to the fantastic David D’Souza I have found a solution!

David tends to email in numbered lists. There are always at least 3 things in the list (even if one of them is just an observation or something amusing!). There are never…

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