Young People’s Biggest Fear? Failure

One of the towns I work in recently surveyed the employers about skills and young people in the town. Reading through the findings, employers were keen to stress that they sought soft skills in their young staff. Things like resilience and communication skills…but also, there were a couple of comments regarding a fear of failure.

They said that they find it hard to get good people to work for them because fear of failure prevents young people from trying new things, from stretching themselves and from putting themselves out there. If everyone stays in their comfort zones, progressive work simply doesn’t get done. [Read more…]

Spend Just 10 Mins to Greatly Improve Your Life

This week I bumped into one of my favourite people – Joe Glover. Like me, he has a full-time job, but does other cool stuff on the side (if you’re in Cambridge, London or Norwich then you really must check out his marketing meetups. Not just for people who work in marketing; it’s useful for anyone in business).

I’d not seen him in a while, not since he started the London and Norwich meetups. And also the podcast to accompany them. I had to ask him:

How do you find the time to do it all?

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What’s Unconcious Bias and Do You Have It?

Cambridge Botanic Garden

As many of you know, every Sunday I run a Japanese speaking group for bilinguals wanting to chat. A week or so ago, we decided that we’d like to go to Cambridge’s Botanic Garden for an outing.

We usually have around 8 or so members each week, but this time we had 12. Not a problem; we were the first through the gates, and had our own picnics to eat half way around.

We decided to sit for our lunch after we came out of the gorgeous greenhouses, half of us sat at a picnic table and half of us on the grass. [Read more…]

Apparently Young People Want Office “Chill-out Zones”

chill out zone

There seems to be a really tricky situation in recruitment right now, whereby companies are complaining that young people don’t have the skills (both technical and social) to be attractive hires, and at the same time young people are complaining that companies just don’t look very good places to work.

Last year it was reported that we had a record number of new businesses; it could be that young people disgruntled with working life just up and make it on their own instead. Why morph to fit into a working culture made by previous generations when you can start alone and make the rules yourself? [Read more…]

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