Author: Cafe Senga Created: 2009-10-30
Cafe Senga is dedicated to conversations that inspire curiosity and inquiry about BIG Ideas, through which innovation and learning happen. Enjoy the posts and provide your own thoughts and opinions.

Don't We All Speak English?

By Wayne Rawcliffe on 2014-08-21

I lived in the UK for a while and grew up in an "English" family. I remain amazed at the differences between the two languages, North American English and British English, spelling notwithstanding. One wit, attributed to various authors said, that we were two nations separated by a common language. Last year, I was teaching a management course and we were discussing the challenges of video conference meetings across timelines. Certainly, many of us are familiar with the cultural differences in how time in understood. In this case, it was common phrases understood differently between management from two English speaking countries. In this case, the video conference was between Canada and the United Kingdom.

Amazing Presentations by Students

By Wayne Rawcliffe on 2014-07-18

Each term, I ask students to form groups and create a presentation on some human resources or business topic, depending upon the course. Over the years I have observed the good, the bad, and well, the downright ugly. This year I have started to notice a change in the presentations. One change is in the amount and quality of the research on companies that students undertake. That is expected at university. It is not really new. So what is new?

I may not be who I think I am

By Wayne Rawcliffe on 2014-05-14

Over the last ten years or so, I have been teaching an organizational behaviour course. Great stuff. The course describes organizational behaviour as an inter-disciplinary course, drawing from psychology, social sciences, anthropology, economic and behavioural theory. It was while teaching the module on perception that I began to think about my own perception and in particular my memory and the construction of what I considered to be me.

Imagination, Creativity and Innovation

By Wayne Rawcliffe on 2014-03-23
I have been reading Sir. Ken Roberson's book on the skills of the future and why our current approach to education is not sufficient. In fact, our current model of education was designed to serve the needs of people coming from the countryside into the cities to work in factories. It makes sense when you think about factory work, that is looking for consistency, conformity and fairly rudimentary skills. You do not want factory workers with too much education. Too much education results in people asking questions about what they are doing, how it can be done differently. Factory work, for the most part is linear. That is why we have been putting children into rows and telling them to be quiet. And, remember, math is not English and English is not social studies and social studies is not science and science is not art.

What's the message when lawyers meet marketers?

By Wayne Rawcliffe on 2013-08-02

It is Saturday afternoon and you are going shopping for some clothes. You enter the GAP. Immediately you see large signs describing all the things that will happen to you if you steal anything from the store. You can be fined. You can go to jail. You can get a criminal record. You are so offended that you leave and go down the street to another store. It happens again. You go to another store, the same thing. You find that all of the stores now post these large threatening signs everywhere.

Why win the Y?

By Wayne Rawcliffe on 2012-08-29

Back ArrowA recent article on the HRM online website, confirms my suspicions about what to do with Gen Y. Should companies give in to their demands. Well, guess what? Within the next 10 years they will comprise 40% of the Canadian workforce. 40%.

We have been so concerned about paying people to sit in their desks for 8 hours that we have forgotten the reason they are there; to get things done, to get results. But our collective agreements and legal frameworks don't support the 'inequality' that a meritocracy warrants. If business is about results (other things too, but getting the most from the resources available is important), then it makes sense to focus on outcomes and not just whether or not someone sat at their workstation or desk for 8 hours.

Are you paying me for time or for results?

By Wayne Rawcliffe on 2012-07-31

I hear a lot from friends and colleagues of mine who are managers, HR professionals and students about the next generation in the workforce. They ask difficult questions like, “my work is finished, so Iam taking Friday off. Are you paying me for results or for time?” great question. Other questions include wanting to work from home or the beach or anywhere other than the office or flexibility of time. I am skiing Tuesday afternoon and will get my work done at home Tuesday night. I usually hear these comments repeated with either disdain or despair or both.

Holy Crap I almost lost the deal...

By Wayne Rawcliffe on 2012-06-10

The Mullens have a BIG idea. They have created a healthy breakfast additive that is not only healthy, but restorative. In fact, it is so popular that they cannot keep up with production and distribution and have gone to the Dragon's Den looking for help. Great idea. Great product. Already successful. AND an excellent example of how NOT to present the BIG Idea.

The Mullens are pitching their new cereal "holy crap" to potential investors on the dragon den. The dragons are excited about the product and want to invest. Holy Crap this is a good idea. From a health perspective, perhaps a BIG Idea. Certainly from a business perspective it is a marketable idea. From an investment perspective it is a huge opportunity.

Star Trek and Apple

By Wayne Rawcliffe on 2011-12-29

Every Christmas, I go to Chapters on Robson and buy a few books to read over the holidays. This year was no different. I was on the third floor reviewing the wall of 'staff picks' when I heard a girl in a matter of fact voice say, "there is that guy that started Apple". She was pointing to the newly published biography of Steve Jobs. Normally, this would not strange. The girl was 5 years old.

Everyone is Responsible Except Me...of Course

By Wayne Rawcliffe on 2011-08-27
Last week I had my annual visit to the dentist. While sitting back in the chair with headset and fire, shock, earthquake proof goggles on, I relaxed and watched CNN. I never watch TV. I have not had cable for over 20 years. Has cable been around that long? So, it is always a treat to see what is on the 'news'.

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