Posted by Kate Phizackerley on 22:41

I am a big fan of Web 2.0 and the use of crowd sourcing to help provide answers for free.  I run several blogs such as the Egyptology blog, News from the Valley of the Kings, and the help many people give me is wonderful.  I try to pay that back by helping the people who contact me and by releasing some open source software.

It is pleasing to see this developing within the pensions area.  I am aware of two initiatives, mallowstreet and Trusteeweb.  I have some reservations about their commercial links.  Those links pay for the service, but it is a difficult balance.  I cannot specifically recommend either of the services, but membership of a service like that may benefit many pension scheme trustees as it gives them networking opportunities.  By ethos, I am more inclined to ctn (charity trustee networks) which is a registered charity.  It is aimed more broadly at charity trustees.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on 00:44

Well I can't resist this story.  UBS, a bank I generally admire, has issued a 44-page manual istructing staff what they should wear.  Challenges for the guys apparently include a requirement that ties should match "morphology of the face".  The challenge for women is that underwear must never be visible through the clothes.  That means white blouses are out - and managing to wear any blouse without bra strap lines being visible is pretty much an unattaintable challenge for anybody who has more than a tiny bust.  Actually, I'd agree on the underwear point in one regard: I hate it when men wear vests underneath a white shirt as the vest is always visible.  And of course, the manual stipulates that men should wear white shirts.

The idea of guidelines about what to wear - and more importantly what not to wear - to work is a good one.  I'm just not sure this particularly instruction manual has hit the spot.   To be honest I'd rather my staff spent 30 minutes reading something that directly impacted the bottom line then a clothing manual.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on 14:20

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/3911/mathematicians-analyse-friendship-groups

This is the sort of mathematics which interests me, but so far the conclusions seem not to have gone beyond those we can intuitively see.  There are obvious business applications for those corporations large enough to pay for their own analysis.

For the rest of us it confirms one thing we already knew: people capable of leading groups in new opinions and of building new groups are rare.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on 18:27

http://www.the-chiefexecutive.com/features/feature697/

I have been intending to write about interviewing for some time but this article says it very well for me.  It does, however, depend on the organisation. I have recruited on third quartile salaries and then the advice in the article is critical.  The key is finding candidates who are better than their CV and interviewing is about trying to find hidden skills. At the top of the market it matters less as there will probably be several good candidates to choose from.

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