Management books take up hundreds of pages and thousands of words building a case with which to support the author’s hypothesis. There’s an enormous amount of padding out of case studies and other people’s research involved. Dry academic subjects are enlivened with witty prose. You often reach the end and think “Damn right! But didn’t […]

Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus. David Hockney I love books. Real books. But I was going to start this piece with a bit of a rant about the millions of trees that die needlessly in the production of the dozens of management books […]

Humour is by far the most significant activity of the human brain. Edward de Bono Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. Erich Fromm From existential and dystopian fears expressed through books such as “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?” and “I, Robot”, to the Terminator series of films and notions of robot […]

The very grainy photograph above shows me sitting at 2am in a packing crate on a folding camp chair with a powerful rifle at my side, guarding my sleeping companions from attack by polar bear, 500 miles from the north pole at the northwestern-most tip of the Spitsbergen archipelago. I was fifteen. My seven weeks […]

“THE WAR FOR TALENT”, “HUMAN CAPITAL” – divisive and unhelpful phrases that undermine our efforts to advance the hopes and aspirations of people at work. “How so?”, I hear you ask. Well, there are times when I’m surprised more people don’t run from their places of work at the end of the day like Patrick […]

As we’re continuously adding to the lexicon of corporate jargon, I thought it might be time for a Part II to a post from the archives. Continuous improvement – What you say you’re doing to excuse repeated cock-ups Diversity – A differing of views over whether to introduce quotas in the board room Divergent thinking […]

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy. Milan Kundera I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it. Bill Gates Leadership is not about rank or privilege, but a responsibility towards people. It is an understandable […]


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