LiveBook 2017-11-17T10:08:24+00:00

Does HR offer the last line, or any line of defence? Data around fear in the workplace reveals: HR second only to the Media for ‘compliance over care’ culture. https://t.co/IaGqTzBeFl #ethics #leadership #HR @CIPD @Cheese_Peter https://t.co/1wfc8ak2Ko 4 3
"... only 8% of our readers are 60 and over – the average age of a CEO in the financial sector." Who wants a new moral capitalism and who retain the status quo of command and control? https://t.co/xGMbPk1FHx #ethics #leadership https://t.co/b7QAZ0XhCQ 1 0
We're currently crunching the numbers on data around #HR and the 'Fear Factor' at work, as compared to other Health, Politics, Media and Banking https://t.co/jWsj0qCvmg - out on Friday... #ethics #leadership #cipdACE17 0 0
RT @EndLonelinessUK: Roald Dahl on kindness: "I think kindness is my number one attribute in a human being" #WorldKindnessDay https://t.co/… 902 0
Consolations for a post-truth world - Julian Baggini Yarburgh Lectures @UniOfYork 14.11.17 https://t.co/r5m0pCvzPd 0 0
Who's feeling the "Fear Factor" MoralDNA research reveals unsettling truths #Healthcare #Politics #Banking #Media https://t.co/NrTSaBnSPD https://t.co/CAXlBzyQM9 3 1
RT @ArnolfiniArts: Our latest podcast is online! @ccdbristol and @EvieManning talk about what it means to be 'open', responsiveness and the… 14 0
Who is teaching our robots right from wrong? Addressing masculine bias in tech #AI #MachineLearning #WomenInTech https://t.co/ekhXADfQGw https://t.co/ZFlZAQPruT 0 0
#HR professionals: caring & thoughtful but MoralDNA data shows humanity swapped for compliance at work https://t.co/6oqICH18gv @hrmagazine 0 0

We spend most of our adult lives at work. We choose a job and a career, sometimes they seem to choose us, and whatever we do we want to enjoy it, find fulfilment and be good – don’t we?

How to Be Good at Work is building week by week into a live online book; a ‘livebook’ that is asking questions and finding answers about the big stuff like our purpose and values, our decisions and actions that impact our daily lives and those around us.

This book is for you, to help you find even better ways to be good at work – to enjoy it, and, while I fill in the blanks, I invite you to contribute, as we develop ideas and learn from each other’s experiences together.

Read about the project in my Foreword. Each section looks at a  different aspect of what it means to be good at work and is supported with papers and further reading. I hope you will find it useful, that you will want to contribute and share the ideas.

“Do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.” Pythagoras

Following our first 10 episodes we now switch our attention to discussion around real life dilemmas, comment, guest blogging and sharing with you thought provoking articles and essays that we find. Join us every Thursday when we will be posting new material, posing questions and bringing you new voices and ideas around How to Be Good at Work. 

 We’ll also be preparing a print version… Interested? Contact us for details.

Share you thoughts with us via LinkedIn, plus our Facebook and Twitter channels – we’d love to know what you’re thinking …

  • Professor Roger Steare, foreword: 'How to Be Good at Work'
    1. Foreword
    When did we stop thinking? Why this book matters, why it’s free and what’s in it for you.
  • Man with pregnant partner - How to Be Good at Work
    2. Love
    Without LOVE life’s not worth living, work is no exception - grounding our purpose, values and morality, it’s where we all begin.
  • Different people thinking - how to be good at work
    3. Logic
    An adaptive species, collaborative, competitive; imaginative and creative. In a complex and volatile world know where to look for LOGIC and evolved thinking.
  • Yelling Cop - 'Law' How to be Good at work
    4. Law
    The many thousands of rules, processes and systems in the work place today not only threaten to overwhelm us, they create a palpable culture of fear… how do we escape the moral vacuum of the compliant robot?
  • A boy and his grandfather: MoralDNA - Love, Logic, Law - How to Be Good at Work
    5. The MoralDNA of Love, Logic and Law
    Through unparalleled, worldwide research we’re getting to the bottom of how we, as humans, approach and make ethical decisions based on Love, Logic and Law.
  • Mum speaks to her child. How do we decide what's right?
    6. How to decide what's RIGHT
    To act with Integrity means we cannot pick and choose our values to justify what’s easy. We have to embrace them all in order to do what’s right.
  • Men in suits stuck with their heads in cardboard boxes - culture at work - How to Be Good at Work
    7. Culture
    What makes a great place to work?... They need to be secure, happy, positive and progressive: get the culture right and the rest will follow.
  • Team meeting - leadership - How to Be Good at Work
    8. Leadership
    Good leaders create a safe culture for debate and decisions, in every conversation and meeting. Misleaders however, will gather you together to tell you how smart they are and how you need to hit the numbers to make them look good - or else...
  • Dinosaur - How to Be Good at Work
    9. Chaos, Flow and Systems Thinking
    In evolutionary terms, species that thrive in a changing environment are those that adapt and collaborate. The systems we inhabit are far too complex and unpredictable for us to be able to make a rule for every possible outcome. When we try we get it wrong.
  • People creating a human tower - 'Good Work Now and in the Future' - How to Be Good at Work
    10. Good at Work Now and in the Future
    From over 15 years' collaborative work, working out how to be good at work boils down to four fundamental questions... the answers could change your life.

Recent thinking post

worried man, HR and the 'Fear Factor'

Fear at work
Does HR offer the last line, or any line of defence?

Recently, we looked at the Fear Factor: the dominance of compliance over care, in Health, Politics, Banking and the Media. We have now added HR to the mix to discover, when it comes to the ‘people’ people tasked with our wellbeing at work, how they compare.

The purpose of life is to discover your gift.
The work of life is to develop it.
The meaning of life is to give your gift away.

David Viscott
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