To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring – George Santayana Autumn has always seemed to me to represent fresh beginnings much more than spring. It might be counterintuitive or reflective of some hidden naturist tendency, but I love the way in […]

Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm. – Hippocrates There’s been a bit of a hiatus on the blog while we (the family and I – I’ve not yet started to refer to myself in the plural like some minor royal) took time out for two weeks […]

Hell is other people Jean-Paul Sartre Plenty of people will tell you that Sartre had something else entirely in mind with this brief quotation. Whilst they may be right about Sartre’s intent, I do think he’s unintentionally hit on something we aren’t too comfortable with discussing when it comes to the world of work. Taken […]

If the business world learns anything at all from the football (soccer) world cup, quite frankly it deserves everything it gets.

When a torrent sweeps a man against a boulder, you must expect him to scream, and you need not be surprised if the scream is sometimes a theory. Robert Louis Stevenson I wasn’t going to write a quick bio of Abraham Maslow for this post because he’s pretty much ubiquitous in management theory and neuroscience. […]

What any initiative needs is a really great challenge. So this timely intervention from Neil Usher in the debate around Beyond The Workplace is to be welcomed. I, for one, have no desire to be surrounded by nodding heads and “Look at us, ain’t we grand!!” backslapping. All this talk of tipping points, elephants and […]

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise. Francis Bacon He’s a card, isn’t he? That Boris Johnson, Mayor of London. Speaking at the launch of the CIPD and JCP Steps Ahead Mentoring project earlier this week, Boris talked of the need to teach young people the “sheer cunning” […]


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