Accuracy Asides

News, errors and accuracy gossip

Do people interrupt you when you're in the middle of something?

Posted: Feb. 1, 2018, 9:12 a.m.

We all need to be productive. We need to get things done efficiently. And often that means wanting to be left alone to focus on the task in hand. The last thing you need is repeated interruptions. The irrepressible colleague who wants to chat to you presents a tricky problem: how to stop the interruptions without causing offence?

To be Accurate, or not to be Accurate - that is a silly question.

Posted: Jan. 12, 2018, 12:25 p.m.

When I was at school, I thought I had been taught everything there was to know about success and achievement. I could not have been more wrong. Today, at a taster event with Scott Bradbury, I learnt how to process my work more accurately; a trainable skill which I will carry with me for the rest of my career. So, what does accuracy look like from the perspective of the iGeneration?

Do People Get Your Name Wrong?

Posted: July 7, 2017, 1:48 p.m.

Do people get your name wrong? Annoying, isn’t it? Whether you respond with weary resignation or outright rage, the reaction is never a positive one. It matters that people get our name correct. From name badges to email salutations, from parcel deliveries to customer information and personnel files, if your name is wrong, there are consequences! Not only is it discourteous and sloppy, it can be costly, too.

Are you an accuracy ace?

Posted: June 21, 2017, 5:26 p.m.

It’s that time of year again. Wimbledon is almost upon us. Precision and attention to detail means being ‘in’ or being ‘out’. Serving an ace puts the player in control of the game. As it is in tennis, so it is in the workplace. Accuracy matters. And accuracy, like your forehand swing, is a trainable skill. One that can be learned, practised and perfected. Mistakes at work, just like mistakes at Wimbledon, can cost a fortune! Read on for our ten quick 'Accuracy Ace' tips and our Wimbledon themed accuracy test.

Making a world of difference to performance

Posted: April 1, 2017, 3:41 p.m.

Our accuracy training takes us all over the world. Conscious of cultural diversity, we explore here how accuracy skills training is received by people around the globe.

And the Oscar for the most public cockup goes to...

Posted: March 3, 2017, 4:33 p.m.

‘Bungling’ PWC accountants at the Oscars hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week after making an ‘epic’ mistake, causing the Best Picture Oscar to be awarded to the wrong winner in front of a live TV audience of millions. If only they’d known about ‘Preventing Mistakes at Work’!

A misplaced decimal point can kill you!

Posted: Feb. 1, 2017, 2:02 p.m.

Are errors keeping you awake at night? For a couple of sports science students at Northumbria University, a misplaced decimal point in a controlled experiment involving caffeine nearly ended in death, not just a sleepless night.

Resolving to reduce error in 2017

Posted: Jan. 4, 2017, 10:20 a.m.

The Japanese have a saying: Even monkeys fall from trees.
All human beings make mistakes – even your very best people. But not all mistakes are the same. And there are ways to prevent mistakes from happening. You can’t eradicate mistakes but it’s certainly possible to measurably reduce them.

Accuracy: the core skill they don’t teach you at school

Posted: Sept. 1, 2016, 7 a.m.

At school we learn to read, write and do arithmetic – amongst other things! But you never learn how to be accurate.

4 mistakes my solicitor made last week

Posted: Aug. 31, 2016, 10:52 a.m.

Last week my firm of solicitors sent me their letter of engagement to confirm some work I had asked them to do. The documents arrived in a very smart folder, which boasted on its front cover ‘exceptional client service, every time’.

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