The uK is lagging behind
the rest of the world when it
comes to innovation, according
to the Thomson Reuters Top
100 Global Innovators List.
No uK company features
on the list, in which firms
are rated according to the
patents they have registered
for new technologies, drugs,
business processes, etc. The
list, topped by chemicals firm
3M, is populated largely by uS
companies (45 out of the 100),
with Japan coming second
(28) and European nations
accounting for only 22 places
Innovation matters, not
only as a means of getting one
over on the competition, but
in recruitment and retention.
According to research by
FutureStep, people now
expect their employers to
be innovative in the way they
engage and develop their
staff and many will consider
moving on to pastures new if
their employer fails to do so.
44 per cent say they are
likely to look around for
another role if innovation fails
to materialise in their job,
while two thirds would leave
for another job that offered
more innovative benefits.
72 per cent expect
employers to be innovative in
theway they develop people,
but only 36 per cent think that
their current company is.
Love it or loathe it, there's little doubt
that golf can be good for you and for
As well as providing ample
time for relationship-building and
bonding, time on the course can teach
you much more about yourself and
your fellow golfers than the average
meeting or lunch date. It reveals how
you deal with competitive situations,
problems, tension and success, how you
conduct yourselves and how well you
communicate under pressure.
If you want to show your winning side
rather than your strength in adversity,
it's worth brushing up on your driving
and putting skills. To help, here's the first
in a series of practical tips from Simon
Wordsworth, Chief Executive, Fellow of
the PGA and R&A Qualified Referee.
of employees expect their employers to be
innovative in the way they develop people
Tricky downhill putts are
usually a definite three
putt – not anymore!
Two little set-up changes
ensure two putts.
STOP THAT DRILL
- change your
set-up to ‘dull’ the strike.
The key to playing fast
downhill putts is to create an off-
centre hit – almost a miss-strike.
Make two little changes to your
set-up to ensure the ball ‘dribbles’
down to the hole.
Grip the club lighter
Have the toe of the putter touching
the ground and the heel in the air