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Slowly slowly

Tuesday 4th October 2011 - Posted in People
by Geoff Shepherd, Founder of The Yorkshire Mafia

So, why Kilimanjaro?

Being the highest point in Africa and the highest stand-alone mountain in the world made Kilimanjaro an attraction in terms of a personal challenge. Combine that with the prospect of doing something meaningful for a charity and it was a pretty tempting mix. It’s this kind of initiative that The Guardian wrote about in ref...

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On Seaweed...

Monday 26th September 2011 - Posted in Future
by Jonathan Straight, CEO of Straight plc

I was visited a few days ago by the inspirational Dr Craig Rose from the Seaweed Health Foundation. Seaweed is interesting stuff. I eat Japanese seaweed from time to time, there is one call arame which is really good. Also, anyone who likes sushi will be eating nori which is the green wrapping.

Seaweed is not really the right word for these t...

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The Future of HR

Monday 26th September 2011 - Posted in Future
by Paul McCormack, HR Director of Hermes

HR has changed over the past 15 years from a reactive function to become more business focussed and proactive. The next 15 years may see HR take a longer term view of changes to the workplace. It could be a very exciting time for HR as we consider what factors will affect our companies?

I have been lucky to have attended a number of seminars...

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The luxury of choice

Sunday 28th August 2011 - Posted in Business
by Rob Wilmot, ex-CTO of Freeserve

A few evenings ago I helped unload a 747. We’ll come back to this.

I consider myself a lucky man. After exiting Freeserve, once the trade sale was done, I was suddenly given the luxury of choice. And I made what some people think was a rather odd one, I moved back to Doncaster, to the town where I was born. My rationale was very clear to me; ...

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Higher Education and the business community

Sunday 28th August 2011 - Posted in Education
by Dr. Kevin Adams, Associate Dean for Employer Engagement, University of Bradford

A royal wedding, spending cuts, striking unions – sound familiar?

This was thirty years ago when I was a student at the University of Leeds. Then the UK economy was dominated by mass labour and the nationalised industries such as coal and steel. We had far fewer Universities than the 116 listed in the recent Times league tables and around 15...

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