A New Turn Of Phrase

An international group of participants were having fun with English idioms this week, then began sharing some of the more interesting turns of phrase from their own languages. A fair few of these transliterations got an airing, though in being translated back and forth “feeding the circus monkeys sponge cake” was our favourite mashup …


Source – HotelClub

The Halo Effect Writ Large

Interviewing Skills 101 instils the need to look beyond the stereotypes you might have in your head about someone, looking past the weedy handshake or the really smart outfit to see the person beyond.  It’s too easy to spot the school that someone went to, or that someone likes ballet, line dancing or a mosh pit and make a set of assumptions about them.


Canon took a group of photographers and asked them to capture the essence of a subject in a single portrait.  They made some truly spectacular photographs, each capturing exactly what they saw in the person in front of them.  They’d each been given a little information about their subject, one photographed a self-made millionaire, another a fisherman, one got an ex-con, another a recovering alcoholic.  Here’s what they came up with …

What would your portraits of your team look like? What would their photograph of you convey?

Would Your Organisation Survive Photoshopping?

After the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January this year, world leaders gathered to march in support of freedom of speech.  One small Israeli news sheet, HaMevaser, opted to Photoshop out the female leaders in its photo of the scene to avoid offending its readers. It was initially hard to tell, but close inspection showed some really shoddy digital artistry skills.  In response a tiny news service Ireland Photoshopped out the men which left very little in the picture.


Elle have put together a little montage of photos with and without men in power.  What would your organisation look like if it was Photoshopped in the same way (other photo manipulation software is available!)?

Why This Week Matters In Pay Equality

This week the USA has reached pay equality this week.  Perhaps not in the way you hoped, but this week everyone will be staring work knowing that since January 1 2014, they’ve earned as much as a white non-hispanic male earned between January 1 and December 31 2014.  OK, so it’s taken Latina women an extra 10 months of work to get there, and white males will of course have those extra 10 months of salary to celebrate with.


We do hear about average pay gaps between men and women quite often, but sometimes the gaps in pay equality that are seen between races get forgotten.  This handy chart shows how far into 2015 female Americans had to work to match white male earnings, broken down by race.

How does your organisation stack up on equal pay?

If anyone has a similar chart for Europe/EU/UK gaps, we’d be interested to see how it compares.