GOLF: A DULL, BEAUTIFUL GAME THAT NEEDS SPEEDING UP

Vegging out, I watched a bit of the World Cup of Golf over the weekend and cheered yet another 2016 underdog – Denmark!! – to an upset win over…China and …France.  Who would have thought?  But what I really noticed is that, unlike most other sports games, golf has not only not speeded up but it is actually slowing down.  Which is a pity, because it is a difficult game played in beautiful locations, with great possibilities for luck to be involved in the result.  So I wondered – in the long gaps of time between shots – what could be done to speed up golf and make it interesting?Read More »

VOLUNTEERS OR PAID WORKERS? GETTING THE JOB DONE BETTER

In one volunteer organisation in which I work (let’s call it Volunteer Co), I have been trying to organise a series of meetings with a major organisation (let’s call it Paid Worker Co) which employs thousands of people to get a series of agreed tasks completed by them.

But I have had endless trouble arranging mutually acceptable meeting dates. Volunteer Co employs no one.  We are all volunteers.  Our committee meets on the weekend, as we are too busy during the ‘working week’.  At first,  Paid Worker Co managers agreed in principle to come to our Saturday meeting, but it soon became clear that the actual employees would only meet within ‘working hours’ (Ie Mon-Fri), whereas we volunteers were happy to meet anytime, anywhere.

How is it that Volunteer Co is so flexible while Paid Worker Co isn’t?

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