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Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst

If Support was ever to have a motto, it’s the one above. The Murphy’s Laws rule our job – if there’s anything to break, it will break. If it’s unlikely to break – it will still break. It turns out that this highly reactive job requires highly proactive approach. Minimizing the element of surprise is […]

The secret power of introversion

Our culture values extraversion. It’s obvious. “Don’t just sit at home alone! Go out and play!” – parents tend to say to their children from an early age. “He/she is so small but so wordy! He/she will definitely succeed!” can be heard at schools or in the streets. Everywhere we can hear that only people […]

Ten to rule them all

I could write an article on how to perform well in support, but telling an Administrator how to do things doesn’t tend to turn out well (“When is the Administrator right? Always kid, always”). However, in this business, sticking to a set of rules sounds like a good survival plan. Let me introduce you to […]

Intelligence officers get no champagne rooms

The myth says that unfulfilled developers end up in support. You’d agree to that, wouldn’t you? We don’t like it, but we don’t care much about it either. And apart from that, you don’t tend to hear much else about us, do you? Well, you will – when a major failure occurs and you hear […]

Looking pretty versus being smart

When creating a chart, there tends to be two main reasons for doing so: to better understand the data at hand OR, having already drawn conclusions from the data, wanting to visually share the story that the data tells with others. While graphs for explanatory analysis can be merely drafts, those telling the story should […]

Part 2: How to create a nice presentation? Fonts!

Google host an entire font directory containing over 650 fonts for free. However, many of us have a huge problem when pairing font faces. In my previous post (click here), I showed you how to select a striking palette of colours for your presentations and other projects. In this blog post, I would like to […]

Bespoke HR Business Partner

When I joined Objectivity my friends working in HR started asking questions. Obviously they wanted to know more about the company – which is standard – but the most important question was: “What are your responsibilities?” I told them that I have to keep employees satisfied in the workplace and the way I am going […]

Let’s get motivated!

How about broadening our employees’ responsibility instead of increasing their salary? What if we created a workplace where people can develop and share their knowledge, instead of enhancing their package? And what if we went for giving them a possibility to set their individual way of achieving goals, instead of gain sharing. Sounds controversial? But […]

Aspire for THE BEST

Everyone strives for something different. Be it a specific job title, a big dream to chase, a particular spouse. Nothing wrong about it, especially considering needs of any single person do not remain static over their lifetime, but evolve to match their circumstances at the time. Obvious, isn’t it? Yet, some of our strives seem, […]

Is it the same with MBO as with democracy?

Management by Objectives (MBO) means canons of HR processes that are used in each self respecting company. And even though it’s not perfect, yet no one has invented anything better. Are you sure? A bit of warning, the subsequent paragraphs show a strongly subjective position.   Each employee in a big company sees how MBO […]