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  • Do not adjust your set…

    …is a phrase probably only familiar to the ancient amongst us. Back in the days of analogue TV (in Black and White), sometimes the broadcasting station would run into problems screening a programme – a cable burnt out in the live studio, or the 70mm film jumped the sprockets on the projector or something. To prevent a whole nation rising from their sofas and thumping the wooden TV or twirling the tuning dial until it fell off (or worse, retuned to the one other available station), they would turn a spare camera to a card on which was written, “Please do not adjust your set…” If you were lucky, you also got Jacques Loussier playing Bach’s Air on the G String. Or possibly a bumble bee playing Rimsky-Korsakoff.

  • SatNav for Parents (and Teachers)

    Imagine you are in a plane, flying to New York from Paris. You have been in the air for some hours when a voice comes on over the PA system. “Good morning ladies and gentlemen, this is your pilot speaking. I think we are getting pretty close to New York now, I’ve definitely seen clouds like this near New York before and that turbulence 5 minutes ago is to my mind pretty typical of flying over Long Island, so we’re going to lose some altitude, get beneath the clouds and see if we can see the Statue of Liberty. Please do tell your stewardess if you see anything you recognise…” Mass panic ensues.

  • Don't drink from bitter wells

    I seem to be seeing a lot of posts just recently on various platforms, essentially warning young people against the danger of thinking they can actually follow their dreams. The message is essentially “get over your dreams, you need money to live so you need to work hard in a job you probably will never love, so get over it / get over yourself”.

  • What one thing most changes a young person’s life?

    I have been listening to a number of people recently who have had a very difficult start in life. One who had been in social care throughout her teens had been moved over 50 times during those years, between children’s homes, foster care and so on. Another who had been in care for longer had been moved over 70 times. When asked how they got through, in every case I have heard, there was one adult who had connected with the young person at some point in their journey and who had kept in touch. That one relationship with an interested adult became the anchor by which a troubled young person managed at last to get to some kind of safe harbour and a more stable life.

  • Talented? Me? You?

    Something that deeply impacts both employers and employees is low expectation; the sense that “I will have to settle for you” or (in the case of the employee) “I will have to settle for this job”. Employers don’t expect they could ever find the people they really need; employees are only too glad to get a job, even if it fits them like a (nine-fingered, ant-filled, one-not-very-careful-lady-orangutan-owner) glove. I would like to suggest that this is a) extremely sub-optimal and b) entirely unnecessary. There is no shortage of the right talent; what is missing the means to identify talent and match it with opportunity.

  • Change your stars

    The expression “change your stars” was the theme of one of the late Heath Ledger’s happier romps, “A Knight’s Tale” (I would rather meet William Thatcher/Ulrich von Leichenstein than The Joker, any day of the week). William, a poor London boy, has to take on an alias as a Knight and jousts his way to the top of the Lists (as it were). The ultimate crisis occurs back in London, and his (now blind) father, who first told him he could change his stars, is there as William, finally competing under his own identity and against all the odds, vanquishes his noble enemy. “He has changed his stars…” cries his father.

  • Why hoozyu will change your life

    hoozyu will change your life. That’s why one of the most common things we see is someone ordering a hoozyu… and then coming back within a couple of hours and ordering some more for friends / siblings / significant other.

  • How to help your teenager to plan their career

    It is that time of year again in much of the Northern Hemisphere: exams, graduations, next course and then… what? Year by year, your child moves inevitably towards the end of the educational conveyor belt. What happens when they reach the end? You don’t want to hear just a dull “clunk” as they tip over the edge.

  • What would you like to be better at?

    As the first day of 2014 went by quickly, this question came to my mind.

  • I Heart Art

    My wife and I went for our first art sketch at the National Museum of Singapore. The museum had organized art tours with practicing artists, as part of their exhibition called “The Princely Treasures from the House of Liechtenstein“.

  • The Elevator Contemplation

    I heard a conversation in the office elevator yesterday. Alright, I overheard a conversation in the office elevator yesterday. What could I do? They were talking so loudly.

  • Where is Brian? Brian is in the Kitchen!

    De l’eau a coulé sous les ponts depuis votre premier cours d’anglais en 6ème. Aujourd’hui, vous parvenez à faire une phrase entière et même tenir une conversation, sans parler de votre accent qui, même s’il est loin d’être parfait, est devenu tout à fait compréhensible! Il est temps d’envisager… un stage à l’étranger !

  • Silence is indeed Golden

    Today, I tried to make a conscious effort to be silent, and to recognize the beauty in silence. I wanted to learn how to be quiet in the midst of a noisy world.

  • And it was all Yellow...

    As I read the newspapers today, I chanced upon an article that featured a research project from the University of Kent. The research project was to see if there were any changes in the dreams of young people now, compared to 1978 when the research first started. Just like before, school-leavers were asked to write an essay about how they would imagine their lives in the future as if looking back at them, and to describe what had happened in between.

  • OSEZ OSER!

    Mardi, le père de la souris informatique Douglas Engelbart nous à quitté, à l’âge de 88 ans. Au cours de la pause déjeuner, notre chef évoque son admiration pour cet homme qui a su innover en son temps, ce qui a permis une petite révolution au sein des technologies des années 60, faisant ainsi de ses idées (issues de sa passion!) une réalité.

  • From Cheese to Chicken Rice…

    Bonjour à tous, Il est temps que la langue de Molière face son apparition sur ce blog! Je m’appelle Déborah et j’ai quitté ma France natale pour rejoindre l’équipe Hoozyu en février dernier à Singapour! En plus d’apprendre à mes collègues quelques mots essentiels tels que “Croissant” et de les convertir à la Baguette, je suis également Responsable Marketing et consultante hoozyu. (Oui! Le rapport est maintenant disponible en Français!)

  • Are you actually Listening?

    During our meeting this morning, the Boss said something sagely that caught my attention.

  • And tonight's hoozyu forecast...

    The end of the year is traditionally the time for talking about what the next year might bring. As it happens, there is quiet a lot coming down the road for hoozyu.

  • We aren't messing with your head (much)

    Maybe you have been through your hoozyu report a couple of times, and read all our blog posts on Artistic Interest and Positive Framing and every other thing, when suddenly a thought strikes you: “Are these hoozyu people messing with my head? Who cares if how things look or getting hands-on with problems or whatever really matters to me? In the real world, I bet this stuff is completely irrelevant. I’m being led up the garden path – again. ARRRGH!!!”

  • New Office & Certification

    First of all, an apology for the recent silence on this blog – we’ve just moved to a new office so we’ve been buried in cardboard boxes, phone lines and flat-pack furniture for the last week or so! We’re just about settled in now (only 4 more desks to assemble!), so the blog will be up and running again properly soon.

  • Social Service: Helping Others

    Your Social Service score reflects how important helping others is to you, be it helping them practically, physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially or any other way! If you have a high Social Service score, you may be motivated by feeling you are making a difference for individuals or society in general and you probably really care about “making things better”

  • Scientific: “Why?”

    Your Scientific score is not just about doing actual science, but also about how much you ask “Why?”. If you have a high Scientific score, you probably find it hard to take things at face value, and will do best in an environment where increasing understanding, in any area or topic, is important.

  • Persuasive: Selling Ideas

    Your Persuasive score is about whether you enjoy selling. If you have a high Persuasive score you probably have an “inbuilt” understanding of how to get other people onto the same wavelength as you. Fundamentally, you probably care about selling ideas as much as things.

  • Outdoor: Not being tied to the desk

    Your Outdoor score reflects whether you enjoy being able to get away from your desk, not just getting out in the “Great Outdoors”. If you have a high Outdoor score, you’ll probably hate to be cooped up in an office or classroom for long periods of time, and enjoy being active and outdoors in all weathers.

  • Numerical: Analysing Data

    Your Numerical score is about analysing data, as well as working with numbers.

  • Half Way There!

    We’re half way through our series on your Birkman and hoozyu Areas of Interest.

  • Musical: Sound Environment

    Next up is a look at your Musical score.

  • Mechanical: How Things Work

    Part 4 in our series on Areas of Interest is on Mechanical scores.

  • Literary: Words & Meaning

    The 3rd part of our ‘Areas of Interest’ Series focuses on Literary scores.

  • Clerical: Systems & Order

    Part 2 of our ‘Areas of Interest’ Series takes a look at your Clerical score.

  • Artistic: How Things Look

    Part 1 of our ‘Areas of Interest Series’ focuses on your Artistic score.

  • Time to dust off your hoozyu report: ‘Areas of Interest’ Series

    Over the next few weeks we’ll be running a series of posts on your hoozyu and Birkman ‘Areas of Interest’. We’ll be refreshing your memory of each of the 10 areas, but look out in particular for your top 3 areas for a fresh insight into what motivates and interests you the most, and activities you could do in those areas to help energize yourself.