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Good British ideas we should imitate

In Uncategorized on 02/09/2017 at 1:17 pm

LKY liked to sneer at the British even when his wife feel ill there and was treated by the British.

Here’s two interesting ideas that the British are experimenting with

Some cancer sufferers who phone the Macmillan support line want to talk about death, and the process of dying.

But for 25 times as many patients, it’s not their health they want to discuss.

It’s their finances.

Macmillan’s research shows that most cancer suffers are nearly £7,000 a year worse off because of the disease.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40751939

So it’s interesting that the cancer charity is working with a bank to give pratical financial advice.

Given that, unlike the UK, cancer treatment has to to be paid for, there’s an even more pressing need for advice.

Then there’s this

LESSONS start early at John Perryn, a state primary school in west London. From the day children arrive, parents are brought in for classes on how to teach phonics and even how to play (counting sandcastles helps the tiddlers grasp numbers, for example). As children get older, the workshops become more formal. All sessions are voluntary. But parents who attend win points for their child’s house—and the top house wins a cinema trip at the end of term.

https://www.economist.com/news/britain/21725587-tempting-mum-and-dad-classroom-may-improve-pupils-results-schools-teach-parents

And here’s one idea that hasn’t been tested but is relevant here and I think there’s some local initiative along these lines:

“Charlie Mayfield, the chairman of John Lewis and head of a government-appointed Productivity Commission, has suggested creating a mentoring system which would allow successful companies to teach smaller ones (particularly their suppliers) the art of management.”

(Economist)

Economist also reports that “The London School of Economics has documented that good management is the key to productivity growth”. Well if this is correct, we really have some lousy management in our SME sector. Taz the area where productivity gtowth is really lousy.

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