"For seven successive years, General Electric has topped the table of the world's most respected companies. But for the first time, it has been pipped to the post by Microsoft"

A survey conducted by PwC polled 954 CEO across 25 countries this year and Microsoft came out at the top - with lots of praise for innovation. One published comment was ""the company is the first and best in the world. They have a strong base and employee satisfaction".

Couldn't agree more on the last bit - I spent last week talking to a number of customers about how our flexible working approach enables me to work when and where it's most appropriate - be that at work, on the tube, at home, in Caffe Nero or at my parents home. It's a combinaton of philosophy and providing the technology to support this. I think those two things combined provide our workforce with competitive advantage and can do the same for many other organisations, regardless of size. More on this when I get time to blog it but flexible working is more than just mobile devices that I used to blog about...