Author - Scott Williams

Using Weights and Scores Prioritising Technique

When you are faced with many alternatives, it can often be very hard to choose between them. They will be strong on some things and weak on others; but hardly ever the same things. The sort of problem you face when choosing a car or a new staff member for...

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Peter Principle: Promotion to Incompetency

Laurence J Peters in his book “The Peter Principle” (Peters & Hull, 1969) argues that people are likely to be promoted until they reach a point where they are unacceptably incompetent.  At this point, they are unlikely to be promoted any further (at least in a well ordered organisation) because...

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How to take Advantage of Compound Interest Accelerator

Basically, Compound Interest tells us that the longer the period you have placed an investment for, and/or the higher the rate of return or interest on that investment, the more it will amount to if you keep reinvesting the interest.  And it will grow faster and faster over time  (referred...

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What Parkinson’s Law Tells Us about Wasted Work

Northcote Parkinson, writing in 1955, semi humorously proposed his ‘law’ that “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion”. This is very true.  Staff will often take as much time as is available to them to work on a project even though that might mean unnecessary embellishments. Even good staff...

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How to do Goal Setting for Business

Goal setting is the first step of any new business or project.  Until you can clearly define a set of goals, further effort can easily be misdirected down unprofitable avenues.  Once defined, any particular effort being contemplated can be tested for value by asking, "will this contribute to our goals?" ...

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