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Nobody ever listened to me until they didn't know who I was. 

- Banksy

1 year, 1 month ago on Nobody cares about what you do until they care about who you are

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@KathySalaman Amen, Kathy. Dyslexics and EFL immigrants - for whom it's reasonable to make allowances - aside, the competent use of English is something I use as a basic filter when processing CVs and cover letters. When I'm hiring for more-or-less anything other than office cleaner, I want people who can express themselves clearly, accurately and professionally, so that they can represent the company with the professionalism I expect. It's not an unreasonable expectation, and it's shared by many other employers.

So many school- and college-leavers are failing to find employment immediately. The competition in the first-job market is vicious. It's undeniable: poor English skills lead to poor career prospects.

1 year, 1 month ago on Where does PR end and bullshit begin?

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Likewise, Ann: I'd take Newsnight, and happily remonstrate with Paxo on computer education. As currently constituted, kids learn how to use Word, Excel, and...you mean they need anything else?

How about basic programming skills, so that they can _really_ use Excel, instead of footling around with it?

What about HTML, CSS and JavaScript, without which they won't stand a chance of creating or understanding web pages? Or PHP and Python, so that they can at least fiddle with proper web sites?

Sounds too niche? No, not really. We're not a manufacturing economy any more. The country's key high-value income streams are from intellectual property and high finance. We're still great at creating things of all kinds, but that ingenuity's being learnt in the Indian sub-continent and South East Asia. They'll be slow to catch up, and we need to assert and maintain an unassailable lead if we're not to switch places and see our economy irretrievably undermined.

Not every kid's going to become a programmer. But then, not every kid's going to become a linguist, a chemist, a professional writer or a theoretical mathematician either - and they're still going to be taught these things. If we don't teach programming, the kids won't get a chance to compete with countries where they do, and - as with maths - they won't have the intellectual tools necessary to achieve and thrive in the coming years.

1 year, 1 month ago on Where does PR end and bullshit begin?

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I'm a bit confused.  The article's entitled "What’s the difference between a coach and a mentor?"...and then doesn't mention coaches ever again - except once, when it says a mentor is a coach!

1 year, 4 months ago on The difference between a coach and a mentor

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Amen, especially to point 3.  I've only just recently started to build a decent support team to help me work on the businesses properly again.

2 years, 4 months ago on How to grow a business

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"Frankly, I’d rather consult a doctor who is healthy than one who has the same illness as me."

 

Actually, I have the exact opposite view.  I get migraines - and I'm so lucky that my neurologist gets precisely the same type! He has a VERY vested interest in being up-to-date with the latest research and treatments, and tries them on himself first.  I literally couldn't get better treatment than that!

 

It's the corollary of "Physician, cure thyself!" - in an age when at last they can.

2 years, 5 months ago on Why Tweeting Quotes is a Waste of Time

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Pricing for this tablet will be interesting to watch.  I'm predicting 2-3 times what an equivalent iPad would cost - not far south of Ultrabook pricing - and then a slow decline until MS starts to get sales traction.

 

Microsoft's forcing their manufacturing partners to compete with Microsoft itself, to strong-arm them into producing the products MS wants to see made.  Ironically, this is a sign of weakness.  Microsoft didn't have to do this to get convertible laptops (remember them?) into the marketplace, not netbooks.  They're leading from the front this time because the firms they seek to command are reluctant to brave yet another charge into yet another Valley of Death.  It remains to be seen whether MS can inspire enough moral fibre amongst the troops, or whether MS will advance alone, with the others following only when it looks safe.

2 years, 5 months ago on Beneath Microsoft’s Surface Is a Company in Transition

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@KenG Microsoft have been in the hardware business for a very long time.  Every used an MS mouse or keyboard?  Or webcam? Or....  This is a step up and out of Microsoft's zone of safety, for sure, but it's only an extension of a process that's been there in the background since the start of Windows.

2 years, 5 months ago on Beneath Microsoft’s Surface Is a Company in Transition

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