Chris Croft's Personal Blog

November 25, 2010

Abbreviations that repeat

Filed under: Lists — chriscroft @ 7:06 pm

Mr Pedant of Parkstone doesn’t like….

RAM memory, which is redundant because RAM (random-access memory) includes the initial of the word memory.
PIN stands for personal identification number, obviating the second word in PIN number.
ATM machine (automated teller machine machine),
DC comics (detective comics comics),
HIV virus (human immunodeficiency virus virus),
SAT test (Scholastic Achievement/Aptitude/Assessment Test test)
And do you remember VDU Units? Visual Display Unit units…


November 15, 2010

My favourite 25 logos of all time

I wanted to do a top ten but was unable to condense lower than 25.
And let me know if I missed a great one!!











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November 11, 2010

2 Minute Silence

Filed under: News and Politics — chriscroft @ 11:00 pm


November 9, 2010

Assertiveness on youtube

Filed under: Assertiveness — chriscroft @ 12:25 pm

If you want to know more about assertiveness you might enjoy my 7 minute youtube clip on assertiveness. It’s a tape I made, with bullet points and pictures added.

At least the slightly creepy initial photo of me is only there for 35 seconds. Feels like longer though!

“I’ll try”

Filed under: Assertiveness — chriscroft @ 12:25 pm

No you won’t!
“I’ll try” means “I have no intention of doing it at all but I’m not assertive enough to say so”.
“I’ll try and get to your party”, “I’ll try and get it done by Friday” – no you won’t!
Either say yes and mean it, or say no and mean it.

I hope that pointing out these two phrases will help you to catch yourself before you say them. Should you point it out when others say them? Up to you! I must say, if someone says “I’ll try” I do always say “That means you won’t do it” which they then deny, and I then push them to give me a yes or a no. Possibly not a route to popularity though?!

Too much like hard work

Filed under: Assertiveness — chriscroft @ 12:23 pm

This is the catch phrase of the Apathy Generation.
“I wouldn’t fancy skiing, too much like hard work”. “I’m not going to learn the saxophone, too much like hard work”. “I’m not going to get fit, too much like hard work”.

The fact is that everything good has a price, and there is always a hump to overcome before you get to the downhill part. Staying the wrong side of the hump leads to boredom and underachievement. And people who talk like this drag other people down with them.

Change your catchphrase to “Worth the work”!

November 3, 2010

Get rid of the right people

Filed under: Managing People, News and Politics — chriscroft @ 12:23 pm

The public sector cuts will certainly mean the loss of jobs. But how will this be done?
Will it be done in a cowardly and weak way, taking the easiest option, which is neither fair to the people or best for the organisations? I hope not!

Wrong ways to choose who goes:

– Last in first out
– Easiest to get rid of
– Cheapest to get rid of
– Most expensive people go first
– Volunteers (sorry, but they are probably your best people, who can get other jobs most easily – do you really want to lose them??).

No, what is needed is surely to get rid of the worst people. If this could be done, the cost will be saved and maybe performance won’t be affected much. It might even improve!

Plus, a bit of justice in this world would be nice for a change.

This does require effective performance management, strong HR, etc, so it’s not easy,
but you know it makes sense….

November 1, 2010

Spring Forward, Fall Back

Filed under: Happiness, Managing People, Random stuff - uncategorisable, Uncategorized — chriscroft @ 7:35 am

Now that winter is officially here with the change of the clocks, how does it feel?

Well, I get a week of feeling good as each morning I get to stay in bed an hour longer – makes all the difference!

But then I pay the longer term price of darker evenings, which are depressing and useless, while the gain of lighter mornings is wasted on me because I feel sh*t when I get up anyway!

So overall I’d keep summer time and have lighter evenings.

I remember when the clocks changed in the factory there were always problems with the night shift. In the autumn they would demand 9 hours pay, and in the spring they would claim victimisation if you tried to only pay them only the 7 hours they had worked – “Its not our fault we’re on the shorter shift” – so we had to pay them for the usual 8. The unions always won.

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