Visual representations make trends and differences easy to spot. Trying to make sense of the news during the Coronavirus crisis provides a powerful example of how difficult it can be to extract meaning from raw data. Like everybody else I have been struggling to interpret the daily deluge of numbers so I can determine whether
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You can’t escape the C-word at the moment.
And by C-word we’re not referring to “coronavirus” – nor “COVID-19” (though, you can’t escape those either).
The word of the day is crisis. Because you know what – COVID-19 is just one crisis. It’s surely not the first, and it won’t be the last.
So here’s one particularly valuable thing you can learn from this situation: how to stay calm and logical in the face of any crisis – big or small – that impacts your company.
Whether you’re the manager of a team or working on a project with a group of staff, there are times when creativity is needed.
And the more of it you can tease out from everyone, the better the results are going to be.
Now, let’s not be mistaken here… creativity is not just a thing for artistic pursuits. It’s about generating fresh ideas, thinking laterally, coming up with unique ways to solve complex problems… regardless of the field you work in.
Performing well at your job is one thing.
But what you really want is to be recognised for it.
You want to show your boss that you’re worthy of that stellar performance review (not to mention that promotion/payrise).
By the end of 2019, cyber-attacks and technology-enabled scams against small businesses were soaring off the scale.
The answer is sadly straightforward: the attacks are working. That is, they’re delivering lucrative returns on investments.
It’s one thing to have a business mission. It’s another for your staff to live and breathe it.
Because getting them on board isn’t exactly a walk in the park.
In fact, less than half of workers in any industry feel strongly connected to their company’s mission, according to Gallup research.
So how do you communicate your mission in a way that makes your whole team want to jump up and fly the flag? And is it really that important anyway?
If there were a soundtrack to your workday, what would it be?
We can rule out Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5. (Clocking off at 5? You should be so lucky…)
Stayin’ Alive? Barely.
No… If there were a soundtrack to your workday, it would be the sound of your phone ringing. Because that thing just doesn’t seem to shut up.
In our post on how to spot a fake email, we covered some easy ways to identify the spams, scams and spoofs that inevitably land in your inbox.
But it’s not easy to write one post covering everything. And it’s not uncommon for us to receive a few reports a day from our clients of scamming: there’s a lot of it out there, much of it increasingly hard to identify.
That’s why we’re going to break it down further today and take you through the anatomy of a scam email.
Remember the days when your inbox was all shiny and new and empty? When every email arrived with an excited “ping” and you enthusiastically dove in to read and reply?
Let’s face it, most inboxes nowadays are more like tentacled sea-monsters. They have you in their grasp, not the other way around. They’re uncontrollable. They’re scary.
As we move increasingly towards online services, securing your account is more important than ever.
While computer viruses still exist, they’re no longer the route of choice for hackers to get control of your data. Instead, the prevalence of online services means that the bad guys are targeting your cloud services, such as your email and file storage.