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The Activity Illusion with Ian Price

The Activity Illusion with Ian Price

A blog by ianprice

An organisational behaviour specialist and author of The Activity Illusion. Formerly a corporate man, he switched careers and was recently awarded a MSc in Occupational Psychology at Birkbeck College. Part of the reason he did this is because he was finding it increasingly hard to find work he could enjoy in corporate life. Everyone he worked with was frantically busy and yet so little was being achieved; this appeared to be the case the more senior the manager. He worked with people who were “too busy” to perform the basic functions of leadership – too busy to have team meetings, too busy to delegate, too busy to give feedback.

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June 6, 2011 | 1 Comment | Permalink

The Divorced Barbie Doll

One day a father gets out of work and on his way home he suddenly remembers that it’s his daughter’s birthday. He pulls over to a Toy Shop and asks the sales person, ‘How much for one of those Barbie’s in the display window?’ The salesperson answers, ‘Which one do you mean, Sir? We have: Work Out Barbie for $19.95, Shopping Barbie for $19.95, Beach Barbie for $19.95, Disco Barbie for $19.95, Ballerina Barbie for $19.95, Astronaut Barbie for $19.95, Skater Barbie for $19.95, and Divorced Barbie for $265.95’.

The amazed father asks: ‘It’s what?! Why is the Divorced Barbie $265.95 and the others only $19.95?’

The annoyed salesperson rolls her eyes, sighs, and answers: ‘Sir…, Divorced Barbie comes with: Ken’s Car, Ken’s House, Ken’s Boat, Ken’s Furniture, Ken’s Computer, one of Ken’s Friends, and a key chain made with Ken’s balls.

October 5, 2010 | Comments Off on The Divorced Barbie Doll | Permalink

My grand father’s CWGC :: Casualty Details

Name: JOHNSON, JOHN RICHARD

Initials: J R

Nationality: New Zealand

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: New Zealand Infantry

Unit Text: 26th Bn.

Age: 32

Date of Death: 03/12/1943

Service No: 526012

Additional information: Son of John and Mary Jane Johnson, of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand; husband of Bettina Johnson, of Dunedin.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: V. D. 5.

Cemetery: SANGRO RIVER WAR CEMETERY

via CWGC :: Casualty Details.

January 30, 2010 | Comments Off on My grand father’s CWGC :: Casualty Details | Permalink

All 4’s Endurance Ride – in aid of Help for Heroes

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January 28, 2010 | 1 Comment | Permalink

Mathematically middle aged

Does that sound old?
I don’t think so any more, well I wouldn’t as at 45 going on 46 I am half the age of my great grandfather who clocked up 91. That was my target when I was young so I am half way there hence mathematically middle aged.

January 25, 2010 | Comments Off on Mathematically middle aged | Permalink