Posts Tagged: human behaviour

The better you do, the worse it gets

Further to my last post where I showed how my boss was holding back the best interests of the company we were working for, there follows the human problem I have experienced of how to overcome this tricky situation.

You can find yourself placed in a ‘no win’ situation in terms of your own career.

You have two choices. You report the situation to someone even higher up the hierarchy, in which case your boss will feel betrayed. Or you confront your boss yourself.

Either way you are, in the vernacular, stuffed. He or she will, at best, deny being the problem and, at worst, seek revenge. Read more on The better you do, the worse it gets…

Catch-22 of a rotten political system

It is legitimate to discuss political parties as brands. After three weeks of party Conferences, the Liberal Democrats, Labour and Conservative parties have shown the world their wares and their performance has been open to debate (sic).

I understand the Party conferences were so overcome by lobbyists and commercial interests that, last week, the Prime Minister was talking to a half-empty hall. Open debate indeed.

Surely the management of the economy, and the good of the people, is fundamentally important to marketing and the marketing services businesses? In a strong economy, consumers spend more money and hence oil the wheels of the economy, which encourages people to spend more. One follows the other. Everybody is better off. Read more on Catch-22 of a rotten political system…

Conservatives a careless brand

Last week, I dutifully recorded Ed Miliband’s speech at the Labour Conference.

I watched it in the evening and stayed up late writing my post only to find that, apart from the unique human insights to which you are accustomed, most of my views were reflected across the mass media.

“Get a life”, said the wife. So less to read this week, you will be pleased to hear.

In 2007, I advised the Conservatives how to win the last election. You can read it here: ‘The Conservatives may be doing the right thing, but in the wrong way’. In the same post, months before the riots, I told them the human effect of their savage cuts would be social chaos. Alienating people is not good leadership. Read more on Conservatives a careless brand…

What politicians could learn from rugby (and the Marines)

Next week, Martin Johnson, the manager of the England rugby team, has to cut his current squad of 40 players down to the final 30 who will travel to New Zealand for the forthcoming World Cup.

A few years ago, I attended a lunch at which Sir Clive Woodward was guest speaker. He was the England manager for the World Cups of 1999 and 2003 and was faced with the same decision then as Johnson faces next week.

Sir Clive spoke very eloquently on the subject of leadership, teamwork and human behaviour. Read more on What politicians could learn from rugby (and the Marines)…

‘Social chaos’ foreseen in October 2010

In my post dated 29 October 2010, ‘The Conservatives may be doing the right thing but in the wrong way’, I predicted that Government policies would lead to ‘social chaos’ in this country (third last paragraph).

At the time, I thought long and hard about writing this because it was a brave call. There hadn’t been rioting on the streets of London for several years. Read more on ‘Social chaos’ foreseen in October 2010…

Creativity and the criminal mind

Last week, I revealed what I felt to be a rather a generalised view by an eminent
psychologist of how creative people behave in an office environment.

This week, my attention was drawn to an article by neuroscientist David Eagleman –

Read more on Creativity and the criminal mind…

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announces new tax evasion opportunity!

For better or worse, the central theme of this blog is that we would live in a better world if the talents and skills that lie in the marketing, media and communications businesses were applied to society as a whole as well as to commercial objectives.

A core skill in the behavioural economics business is the sophisticated collection, analysis and interpretation of data.

In this light, would any self-respecting marketing company or advertising agency have endorsed the announcement of child benefit cuts this week? Read more on Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announces new tax evasion opportunity!…

Mourning Big Brother and the exposure of social prejudice

The late Big Brother exposed a good deal of media and cultural snobbery.

Last week, a BBC Radio5Live presenter was unbelievably patronising to his listeners who called to support Big Brother (and the 3.7million who watched the last show).

I am not ashamed to admit that I believe Big Brother played a vitally important social role in exposing underlying prejudice in society.

Indeed, I would go so far as to say that, through the years, Big Brother not only entertained me and my children, but it enabled us to address subjects that we may not otherwise have discussed.

I am not referring to Celebrity Big Brother here. I am talking about the show that featured ‘normal’ people.

Mind you, by winning the celebrity show as a mere ‘normal’ person in 2006, Chantelle Houghton (I admit to relying on Wikipedia here), famously exposed the celebrities as the shallow, sub-normal people most of them really are.

So why was the ‘normal’ Big Brother both entertaining and socially important? Read more on Mourning Big Brother and the exposure of social prejudice…