This week's guru
Food for thought leaves veggies in bit of a pickle
Proper preparation is vital if you want to perform at your peak in a stressful business environment and that includes eating the right foods. Contract caterer the Eaton Group has created a set of recipes that include ingredients that specifically aid the skills needed to succeed in business.
For instance, anyone engaged in serious decision-making should opt for the griddled lamb's liver - the iron in the liver helps your blood transport more oxygen to the brain, keeping you sharper and awake for longer. Anyone having to go through stressful experiences, such as announcing redundancies, should try the Greek pitta wrap - the calming effect of the flour and the morphine-like substances in the lettuce will help you keep calm in the most confrontational situations.
Cabbage on the other hand is ideal for anyone making presentations as it keeps them confident and alert. Funnily enough Guru was likened to a cabbage by a member of the audience at his most recent seminar.
Blind leading the blind as Mrs Guru gets behind the wheel
Women are better at driving blind than men according to training specialist Longden, which runs courses designed to improve communication.
In the programme a two-person team comprising of a driver and a navigator has to control a Land Rover which has its windscreen and windows completely blacked out. The navigator can see a TV monitor which is attached to a small camera providing a view of the outside world. Instructions on how to navigate a course are then passed on to the driver.
Managing director Carole Longden said women tend to do better at the exercise because they are better communicators and follow instructions more effectively.
The training reminds Guru of any car trip with Mrs Guru. She drives while looking in any direction but ahead, while he shouts terrified instructions to her.
Painful facts of office life exposed by crude Brent
Guru had forgotten how excruciatingly painful it is to watch an episode of The Office, which has now returned to our TV screens.
While Guru is a fan, he never laughs - he is too busy chewing his nails during the long silences that follow another David Brent faux pas.
The problem with programme is that it is all too easy to see ourselves and colleagues in it. So Guru feels it is h