Archive | November, 2007
By Greg Pitcher on 30 November 2007
Although good for playing percussion on mod-rock tracks, and driving expensive cars into domestic watery areas, Keith Moon has not, to Guruâ€™s knowledge, hitherto been cited as an HR expert. However, training consultancy Innerbeat has used the legendary Who drummer as an example of how they get the most from employees.
By Greg Pitcher on 29 November 2007
Guru realises that the House of Lords is not the most dynamic of places at the best of times. In fact there is probably less faffing, muddled thinking and postponed action on a wet Wednesday afternoon at the Womenâ€™s Institute Philosophy Society. But even in the dusty world of Parliamentâ€™s upper tier, the House of […]
By Tony Pettengell on 28 November 2007
Guru had a Eureka moment when he heard the news that the third of six 7,300-tonne destroyers has been launched at Govan shipyard in Glasgow. According to reports in the UKâ€™s most-read national newspaper â€“ the always balanced and fair and â€˜intellectuallyâ€™ stimulating Sun â€“ this state-of-the-art vessel is equipped with the most up-to-date anti-aircraft […]
By Greg Pitcher on 27 November 2007
As everyone knows, there was only one event to be at this week – but after being thrown out of the Oxford University freedom of speech debate, Guru made do with visiting the CBI’s annual conference in Islington. And what a contrast the two events provided. At one, scruffily dressed people made feeble protests against […]
By Greg Pitcher on 26 November 2007
After a full English breakfast this morning, followed by two rounds of toast, another pot of tea and a danish pastry, Guru started his working day by checking his emails. The first one he read told him that the UK loses Â£8.1bn each year through lost productivity due to people skipping breakfast.
By Tony Pettengell on 23 November 2007
News that a teenager has been arrested in The Netherlands for stealing virtual furniture from a networking site highlights just how wrong the world of onlineness can be. Apparently, he â€˜walked offâ€™ with Â£2,800 ofâ€¦ umâ€¦ â€˜furnitureâ€™ from some â€˜hotel roomsâ€™, presumably leaving lots of virtual saddos to sit on their virtual backsides on their […]
By Greg Pitcher on 22 November 2007
As a man of the world, a master of his own destiny and an all-round champion of getting the most from life, Guru rarely has cause to get angry. Today, however, Guru is angry. Very angry. It has not been a good week. It started off with the government losing all his personal details because […]
By Tony Pettengell on 21 November 2007
Having recently been busy on ‘fact-finding’ missions around Europe, Guru can sympathise with work and pensions secretary who has decided to take on the ‘sicknote culture’ in the UK. Hain’s decision to personally intervene follows a report showing that there are 2,000 people refusing to work on the grounds that they are too fat to […]
By Tony Pettengell on 20 November 2007
Guru is please to announced that his blue bonce has showed up on the radar of the world-renowned Times newspaper. Timesonline lists Yours Truly in its top 10 list of favourite work blogs, second only to two heavyweight academics â€“ not involved in tomorrows blog posting, despite persistent rumours that top boffins actually do eat […]
By Greg Pitcher on 19 November 2007
There is only one thing Guru hates more than being told what not to wear, and thatâ€™s being told what not to wear by two ugly women with the combined fashion sense of a blind tramp talking to a German dog. Suffice it to say, then, that he is no fan of Trinny and Susannah. […]
Guru is Personnel Today's notorious HR commentator. He's been working in HR for far too long and observes every passing management fad with a mixture of anger and amusement. His blog is the one thing saving his long-suffering wife, Mrs Guru, from having to endure too much of his ranting about the big HR stories of the day.