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I was in the middle of a product demonstration this week and I was discussing the financial capabilities of JobReady.RTO when an unexpected question came: “Does JobReady accept Bitcoin?” I was a little taken aback. I'd read enough about Bitcoin to know what he was referring but didn’t honestly think it would be something I would come across. For those that are not aware of Bitcoin, it is an online currency, or 'crypto-currency' that can be used to purchase goods and services. It c
Do you have too many bad Rules? I am not a big fan of unwieldy procedure guides and policies for everything in an organisation. At times I have found that too many rules can stifle creativity, innovation and the pace needed to "ship". And that's not a good thing in a software company. Rules are of course essential so that the organisation can be compliant, run effectively, consistently and to reduce risk. But just as often, if you have the right people, they will instinctively know wh
I recently received an email from my bank asking me to ensure I have a PIN on my credit card accounts. Signatures are finally being phased out for point-of-sale purchases. This is great and long overdue. How often do you buy something and the sales person doesn't even glance at your signature to see if it’s the same as on the back of the card? I know it happens to me all the time - pretty scary if you are one of the many who have lost their wallet on the bus, or that mysterious location you
A colleague flicked me a link this week with a “must-read” blog on a “Leader's Empathy Deficit Disorder” by Daniel Coleman. I thought it was worth sharing as it has lessons for anyone is in a position of authority who wants to get the best out of those around them. In a world where it is harder to retain good people in organisations, empathy is an interesting element to consider in the toolkit of leadership. The trick is don’t lose touch with those around you. Worth a read: http
I’ll come clean, I love data. I think this is the first time I have publicly expressed this. It’s helped me make lots of decisions and changes the way I behave. There is a relatively new concept called Big Data that is shaping human behaviour and making dramatic improvements in decision making processes all across the world. As the costs to record, store and analyse vast quantities of data have decreased in recent years, we now have the ability to look at trends across industries, countries
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