I find that humour is a much underestimated skill, in life generally and most definitely in business.
This week is Adult Learner's Week, a "national celebration of lifelong learning" and a chance to throw the spotlight on opportunities, events and qualifications that make a real difference to students of all ages.
The Government sells the story of its intervention in way that does not frighten businesses. Labour failed at this. Given public opinion and the Government's own actions, it is not the case that 'anti-business' measures are off the agenda but if you are going to do them then there is a need to get the message right.
Set an alarm for a normal waking up time. Waking up swaddled in your sumptuously soft duvet, the groggy morning haze streaming through the window and the world waking up around you, makes it hard to get up.
Does anybody imagine for a moment the regulators both sides of the Atlantic will not protect their turf, that they will voluntarily give ground, that big business in the world of crony capitalism really want to see increased competition from small and medium sized businesses?
Now is not the time to say 'Yes' or 'No' to TTIP - it hasn't been negotiated yet. We have a responsibility to fight for a progressive deal for Europe, with the necessary safeguards. But for the sake of our continent and the future of the European Union we have built together, we must give TTIP a chance.
We are on the cusp of major change. Strong leadership has the power to join up conversations around LGBT diversity and inclusion, talent management, marketing and brands as well as trust and reputation. And by integrating the diversity agenda into a business' core, it becomes a powerful force in business and society for good.
A strong role for trade unions in the 21st Century is essential, and as a proud trade unionist I will fight to my last breath to defend the existence of effective, free and independent trade unions... The Labour Party and the trade union movement once again face big challenges together. To re-establish our relevance, reflect the era in which we live and fight for our values in unforgiving times. These are battles that, I as a lifelong Trade unionist and as a Labour woman will relish. And it's a battle that Labour and the trade unions can win together.
In the business world, perhaps not surprisingly, process-focused managers are often worried by those who show creative flair, believing that they will be hard to manage, unwilling to toe the corporate line.
If you're a traveller looking for something that takes a richer and more longitudinal approach; a business person or civil servant looking for insight beyond the usual Dos, Don'ts, honorifics, platitudes and rituals; a student of the humanities and social sciences wanting something more grounded in the world today; or a seasoned dinner party socialite and pub quiz pro looking for a global Zeitgeist to boost your social capital - then this is definitely the book for you. There's plenty to learn, it sinks in easily, and this is the sort of book that you'll find yourself marking-up and folding page corners on.
At a time when a lot of the conversations reaching young people are that its hard to get a job and build a career, it should be businesses inspiring the next generation by teaching them the things they need to know and how to be entrepreneurial. Empowering young people to believe in their ideas and their potential should be at the core of businesses everywhere. Yeah I needed to take a leap when I decided to build SB.TV into a business; there was a lot of risk involved. But it was the best decision I ever made. Just think of the potential if some of the world's biggest businesses made a promise to encourage entrepreneurial skills in young people - more jobs, more innovation, more economic growth.
During this week, I read some tweets on personal criticism, Hilary Clinton, her years in politics and how she takes the criticism directed towards her. She quoted Eleanor Roosevelt's advice "Take criticism personal but not seriously, and grow a skin as thick as a rhinoceros."
When it comes to employment rates the UK is in a strong position. It must now use that strength to tackle some of our underlying labour market weaknesses. The real question is not whether we have much to learn from the US. It's whether our government will take heed of those things that have actually worked in our own country over the last few decades.
One of the biggest issues supermarkets must face up to is food waste... The fact is there are people up and down the country who are hungry, and could really use the food we throw away. And one day, we want all of that food - all 30,000 tonnes of it - to be turned into those 70million meals for the people who need it.
A quick straw poll of some of my friends and colleagues revealed that, whilst many of the emerging themes were common resilience themes, a real plethora of slightly unexpected techniques came through - so I thought I would share some of those.
They say knocking out a few hundred tasks for whatever reason is a poor substitute for doing even one task that is meaningful. Being busy, they stress, is not the same as being successful.