Innovate or lose your job

Continuing my environmental theme, I’ve been musing over building a new training course around helping companies help their employees to think outside the box. This is a tough task in certain companies and cultures.

As Benjamin Franklin so wisely said, …

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The CO2 blame game

In my previous post, I talked about the collapse of the Doha round of trade negotiations and how this didn’t auger well for a new global agreement for setting greenhouse gas-emission limits and a worldwide price on carbon.

The chemicals …

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Why the Doha failure is bad

The failure, and quite possibly the death, of the Doha round of trade negotiations earlier this week could create a very confusing and erratic regulatory landscape for the chemicals industry.

This excellent entry in the New Scientist environment blog by …

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Market mind reading

Regular readers of my blog might have seen last week’s post linking through to the New Scientist article about research into new ways of assessing how markets behave. Prompted by the irrationally steep falls triggered by the credit crisis (or …

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Missing the point

Great that my entry yesterday Work can be the death of you produced a response.

But I think the commentator missed the point.

Working long hours is not an issue for staff who are properly managed and motivated. The “presenteeism” …

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The US gets my goat

The expression “tthis really gets my goat” is in common usage in Northern England, where I hail from. Indeed, despite spending 11 years in Singapore, few people other than my wife (who is Scottish and has an even worse accent …

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Work can be the death of you


My dear old mother used to often say “what’s the world coming to?” as if life was constantly getting worse.

But for South Korean workers – and for workers everywhere in Asia – expectations of employers have long been unreasonable. …

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Does your boss listen to you?

Perfect subject if you’ve got the post-weekend blues….

A very irate and tired and emotional chemicals trader was moaning last week about the imposition of a new knowledge-management system by his company.

“Our bosses never listen to us and they …

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Does the ‘truth’ ever matter?


The momentum of opinion might be about to shift in favour of the belief that this year’s crude-oil price surge is more to do with speculation than fundamentals.

No less than 15 bills targeting speculators are circulating around Washington at …

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Crazy money breeds new thinking


This article from The New Scientist suggests we might have to develop a whole new way of asssesing what drives all commodity markets.

Intuitively, everyone knows that the herd instinct matters. But to measure this mathematically, or statistically, seems a …

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