Leonardo Da Vinci “Nature is the source of all true knowledge.”
After the hottest ever recorded July day in the UK, Paris breaking its heat records with 42.6C on Thursday, and 200 million people affected by heatwaves across North America, it seems that climate change is here for the foreseeable future. Research published this week in Nature shows that the current global warming is unprecedented over the last two thousand years. What does this mean for business as usual?
Plenty of companies are working on climate change mitigation (the attempt to avoid further carbon emissions). This includes the usual suspects of solar and wind power companies, makers of electric vehicles, and manufacturers of more sustainable materials such as bamboo, wood, or biodegradable plastic. More than ever though, a broad range of companies are considering adapting to the changing climate, and many are starting to view this not just as a threat, but as an opportunity.
What are the business benefits?
The companies, individuals and countries that are planning to profit:
The funds that are investing in solutions:
The response from the insurance industry:
Contact Da Vinci’s Workshop to help you futureproof your business strategy and discover new opportunities in a changing world.
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Leonardo Da Vinci: “Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation... even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind.”
Are there other areas where giving employees’ autonomy could boost your bottom line?
The emphasis in the last few decades on open-plan offices, clear desks, and hot-desking, may be missing a few tricks. A 2004 study from the Delft University of Technology showed that if open-plan working is imposed on employees, some respond with ‘animal territorialism’, claiming familiar spaces by arriving early in the morning or leaving behind personal items. Further research in 2010 showed that well-being and productivity increased when employees were allowed to have input in their office decoration, choosing whether areas should have paintings or plants or be clean and lean.
Perhaps consider having a variety of work spaces in your office; why not have hot-desking and open plan for irregular staff, and some fixed spaces that can be personalised by employees who prefer to sit in the same place every day.
Everyone knows that sitting at a desk for the whole day is bad for your physical and mental health, but few people are sure about what to do differently. Breaking the day up into more manageable chunks seems to be one solution. One method is the 52/17 rule. A company in Latvia found that its top ten most productive employees worked in bursts of 52 minutes and then took 17 minute breaks. It may seem that you don’t have time to take such a leisurely break, but if you are more productive in your working time, it can certainly work in your favour.
What you do in those 17 minutes counts as well. Switching from your computer screen to stare at facebook on your phone will not help. Different activities can boost different areas of your brain, so to boost creativity, going for
a walk has been shown to be effective (see diagram).
Standing desks have been hailed as a solution to too much sitting, but a 2017 study found a correlation between too much standing and lower back pain. As with so many things, variety is the key, so try to incorporate sitting, standing and moving around into your daily routine as much as possible.
What can you do as a manager?
What can you do as an employee?
Remember that we all have different ways of working, so find the way that maximises your and other's productivity.
Source : www.newscientist.com
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Taking regular breaks 52/17 rule
Open-plan vs fixed office space
Clean desk or clutter?
Remote / flexible working
Leonardo Da Vinci: All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.
How can we gather a breadth of perception to solve our most challenging problems at work? What can we learn from the Netflix $1 million prize and the Lehman Brothers collapse?
Between 2006 and 2009, Netflix ran a $1 million prize competition for teams to improve its movie recommendation algorithm by 10% or more. For the first two years progress was slow, until teams around the world starting combining their very different approaches together. The eventual first and second place teams reached the 10% goal by incorporating ideas that, on their own, seemed radically far from accepted mainstream wisdom. One team used an algorithm that took account of the fact that people rate movies they saw a long time ago differently to how they rate them if they saw the movie recently. Another team discovered that users rate films differently on Fridays, Sundays or Mondays. Individually, those approaches were terrible at predicting which movie a user might want to rent next, but when combined with other standard measures they gave their teams the winning edge.
There are many different ways of looking at diversity:
All these measures of diversity - gender, race, personality type, team role, job title, nationality - are really proxies for the most valuable type of diversity, diversity of thought. It is diversity of thought that will help your company to create new products, services or solutions, ahead of your competitors.
So how can you create a diverse team?
Here at Da Vinci’s Workshop Ltd we have more than ten year’s experience helping companies to understand how to broaden their recruitment and retention processes, how to form and nurture diverse teams and how to encourage innovative thinking.
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Leonardo Da Vinci “One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.”
How do successful individuals form positive habits? How can you avoid being stuck in a rut at work? Can you form better, more productive habits or change the ones that might be holding you back?
Consider the challenges you are currently facing at work and what new habit might help you resolve them?
Here are a few effective ways to form better habits:
Do you have a post-lunch slump or a period of the day where you find it harder to concentrate?
Moving more frequently throughout the day can boost your attention span, improve your general health and make you more productive.
Things to try:
Do you find that you’re always trying to avoid catching the office cold?
Increasing time spent in green space and getting more sunlight can boost your natural immune system, improve your mood and help you think strategically. Is there a park near your office where you could take a lunchtime walk? Can you keep a pot plant on your desk? If you can’t get outside, why not invest in a desk lamp that replicates natural sunlight?
Are you looking to boost your analytical, listening or memory skills, to give you the edge at your next promotion?
Learning a new language is an effective way to develop these skills. Recent psycho-linguistic research has shown that even a short language course (one-week) can be enough to increase your attention span.
Does anyone in your workplace speak a second language? Would they be willing to teach you some of it in exchange for sharing your expertise?
Are you interested in increasing your skills in a new field or broadening your career opportunities?
Volunteering can be a great way to broaden your skill base, get more experience, and learn about a different industry, and it’s a very effective networking opportunity.
Some companies offer time in lieu for volunteering. Others combine volunteering with their team-building days. Have you checked which opportunities are available on your intranet or talked with your HR department?
What happens when work deadlines take priority and your new habit gets side-lined?
Be objective and fair to yourself. There’s no need to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Learn from this and if you forget your new habit one time, start again as soon as you remember.
So, you’ve decided on a new habit you want to form?
Here are some ways to make it stick:
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