They do say dark chocolate is good for you, don't they? And a little glass of red wine every now and then..
This time of year is definitely about food for many of us, preparing it, eating it, clearing up afterwards. And chocolate is high up on the indulgent food list (Also doesn't mess up the pots, pans and plates).
There are very few people who do not have a level of guilt around the amount of chocolate they eat, or would eat if it was considered a healthy snack.
This morning, as I was packing my car to come to work, I felt a few drops of water on my arm. I looked up into a clear, blue sky... Maybe it came off the car? I went inside for my goodbyes, came back out, and there it was, a steady drizzle seemingly coming from a cloudless sky.
Writing business correspondence is an art and, as we all know now, writing political and diplomatic emails, is a hazard.
But let’s stick to what I know about, business mail. I hear a lot of conversations about the end of eMail, the end of print etc. I have to believe that in the next ten years (or even less) we are going to undergo a sea change in how we communicate, both personally and in business.
But we are not there yet, and until then we have to consider the implications of how we put together business correspondence.
Is flexibility now a reality in the workplace? And is it really working? The assumption of control over one’s own time and deliverables does seem to be a great way to work and live, and it appears to be is a high priority for those entering the business world.
Decision makers in business, along with HR managers and recruitment consultants, are very much aware that employers are looking for guidance and ideas as to how to attract and retain, while new recruits are looking for career opportunities that are aligned with their lifestyle choices.
It’s becoming easier. Technology enables working from anywhere. Go into any coffee shop and see the number of people working at laptops, holding meetings and sharing cell phone business conversations with the world at large…
But if you work for a corporate and are planning a big career, do the advantages of missing the daily commute and the noise and buzz of open plan space outweigh the disadvantages?
This topic seems a natural follow up to work / home integration.
Impossible to arrange? Or a much needed, occasional escape from reality...
Celebrating South African Women’s Month, always make me think about the practicalities and logistics of being a working mother.
I do love travelling, both business and pleasure. I am a B & B fan, and I try and stay in the same ones as often as I can. I have built up great relationships, and am really well looked after. I am also a bit of a security freak, so need to feel safe, years of living behind gates and burglar bars have had their impact.
"Will you be mom?" was a frequent request in my early boardroom days. Not to mention, "will you take the notes?"
Not sure why, but while the notes just bothered me a little, the tea request drove me crazy. Of course, I do make dreadful tea, so wasn't asked twice...
The advent of coffee machines and tablets has largely done away with those two, but my discussions with many women who are sitting on boards and excos today tells me that there is still a way to go for women to feel fully included.