If the problem isn’t that hard to crack…

Sometimes, I pick the wrong tool out of the box to solve a little problem and it complicates matters. I either attempt to make do with what I’ve got in my hand, simply because I try and save time (I just ‘CBA’ to go and get the right piece of equipment) or I just don’t have the tool for the job. It happens. I’m sure you have have experienced this in your life?

Often the problem isn’t that hard to solve but with so many distractions going on in our lives; so many things to do in such little time available, we over-complicate matters.

The little job turns into a big job and before you know it, there are tools all over the place

Now for all we know, you may be the most well organized person in life and business; if so, that’s amazing. I admire your skills and attention to detail. You might even be spectacularly fortunate enough not to have to ‘do it yourself’. Someone does the problem solving bit for you.

There are people who will take credit for the problems we have solved – it happens!

Being resilient can be quite simple enough. Resilience isnt a research project; it’s a life journey and often we have the right tools to cope with it already. The right tools in the box to solve the problem for ourselves and for others too.

Sometimes we are told and lead to believe, that we need a bigger tool box and a new set of expensive tools. And sometimes we borrow tools from another person.

A tool on its own is pretty useless as an item unless you offer it up to the problem

Never bring a knife to a gunfight
It isn’t always the case that we need new or fancy expensive tools. No, it is how we use what we have available to us that matters. It can be as simple as that, to solve a simple problem.

The instructions don’t have to be complicated either and yes, some advice and shared experience really does help us to be more resilient to life’s great challenges.

The fact of the matter is this. If the problem appears to be hard to crack, it actually might not be at all. Some of the solution is just simple common sense and either a helping hand, a little bit of advice and guidance, or just a smaller tool to get the right result. The desired effect so to speak.

Otherwise, you might end up with, (you guessed it)…egg on your face! Da daaa! 🙂

Being resilient doesn’t have to be complicated!

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The rise of being “social”

The social responsibility movement started with debates about corporations having a responsibility to society – it is now recognized that people, planet and profit are mutually inclusive. Since these early discussions, the concept has seen many transformative moments, including the launch of ISO 26000, a standard which has gained traction and credibility in less than a decade.

“I thought I was the only one struggling to reconcile my career with the demands of family, but after this session, hearing from managers and other colleagues, I can see how it is possible to enjoy both raising children and my job!” Fujii is just one of a number of Japanese women working at global electronics company NEC Corporation, who attended an event supporting female career opportunities in a country where women’s active involvement in the workplace is sorely lacking.

To achieve its goal, NEC Corporation turned to ISO 26000, the world’s first voluntary standard on social responsibility, which has helped thousands of organizations operate in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible way. Since its publication seven years ago, ISO 26000 has been adopted as a national standard in over 80 countries (and counting!) and its text is available in some 22 languages.

It is also referenced in more than 3 000 academic papers, 50 books and numerous doctorates, and is used by organizations of all shapes and sizes including Petrobras, Air France, British Telecom, NEC, NovoNordisk and Marks & Spencer, to name a few.

For some organizations, including NEC, this wasn’t the first dip in the waters of social responsibility; but for others, the standard has helped catapult the concept into the future, to the extent that it is now being recognized by the European Commission as a key tool for promoting progress in all areas of social responsibility, and one which is at the root of their social responsibility strategy.

The emergence of “social”

Leadership of the ISO working group on social responsibility (from left): Co-Secretary Eduardo Campos de São Thiago, Vice Chair Catarina Munck af Rosenschöld (2005), Chair Jorge E.R. Cajazeira, and Secretary Kristina Sandberg.

In the early years of ISO’s founding in 1947, manufacturers were the main users of ISO standards. Nuts and bolts, that’s what we did! But in the 1970s, the organization began paying attention to consumer needs, chiefly because consumers were making their voices heard and demanding that their requirements be taken into account. Heeding the call, ISO created the ISO Committee on consumer policy (COPOLCO) in 1978 to encourage and facilitate the involvement of consumers in the standardization process.

From that moment on, the consumer experience became a key driver in standardization, and although COPOLCO’s early priorities were still largely based on consumer products like bicycles and dishwashers, by the 1990s the focus had expanded to more socially oriented issues, such as services, accessibility and safety. It was then that standards and guidelines on aspects like ageing societies began to emerge, with documents such as the ISO/IEC policy statement “Addressing the needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities in standardization work”, published in 2001.

Source: ISO.org

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Airmic launches Corporate Culture Toolkit for risk managers

Airmic has announced the availability of a ‘Corporate Culture Toolkit’ to provide practical advice for risk managers seeking to understand and manage their organization’s culture.

According to Airmic, corporate culture has a significant impact on a company’s risk management performance and can also improve the long-term performance of a business. Risk managers can, and should, play an important role in influencing their organization’s culture. Airmic members who have addressed this issue report benefits such as improved employee performance, a reduction in incidents and near-misses, and reduced regulatory issues.

The resource consists of two parts:

  1. A practical guide to help risk managers: understand the importance of managing culture; and identify the key drivers of culture.
  2. An online tool which risk managers can use to:
    • assess and benchmark their existing culture;
    • understand best practice in managing culture;
    • create an action plan to develop corporate culture.

Last year, a survey of Airmic members revealed that over two thirds of respondents saw a lack of embedded risk culture in their organization as a top-three concern. Meanwhile many members said that despite having regular access to the board and senior management, integrating risk management across the business units continues to be a major challenge.

Source: Continuity Central

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Google’s new tool will tell you if you are being an online troll

Google’s parent company has handed developers an anti-trolling tool.

Jigsaw, an incubator and think tank that sits inside Alphabet (Google’s umbrella company), has released an API called Perspective, which uses machine learning to measure whether an online comment counts as harassment or abuse, as reported by Wired.

It’s already being tested by Wikipedia, the Guardian, the Economist, and the New York Times. Wikipedia said it’s looking to reduce harassment of volunteer editors, which comes shortly after one female editor revealed the levels of abuse she had endured for years.

Internet Troll?
Google just made its troll-detecting software available to developers, but the software still has a lot to learn

Jigsaw has built a demo interface which you can test out. Type in a word or sentence, and Perspective will score your comment by toxicity. If you write something that’s scored 80% toxic, chances are that it will offend people online.



The project is attempting to clean up online conversation with the help of machine learning. Business Insider tried out the tool and results show that it’s still pretty early days for Perspective.

Source: http://uk.businessinsider.com


Try Perspective: https://www.perspectiveapi.com/

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