The end of labour is to gain leisure – Aristotle No publication or conference (un- or otherwise) these days is complete without some discourse on the future of work. This blog is no exception. Like many others I started out with the point of view that organisations are crap. This then evolved, in no small […]

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both – Dwight D. Eisenhower If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies – Jon Stewart Values. Principles. Ethics. Humanity. Wellbeing. Culture. All key themes from the CIPD annual conference that I’ve been a small part of over […]

[The park, daughter playing with camera] Daughter: Daddy! Stand still. I’m taking your picture. Me: OK. [Daughter shows me the result] Me: You’ve made my head look quite big somehow. Daughter: No. Your head is very fat, Daddy. “Feedback would happen all the time if…” This is the challenge posed by the wonderful Helen Amery who […]

Storytelling is not what I do for a living – it is how I do all that I do while I am living – Donald Davis Most, if not all, of you will be familiar with the parlour game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” in which players try to connect anyone in Hollywood with the […]

Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences – Robert Louis Stevenson Remember when all those people around you were suffering from a fever of 38 °C, chills, fatigue, bluish skin colouration, sore throat, hoarseness, cough, headache, difficulty swallowing, painful swallowing, difficulty breathing, rapid breathing, foul-smelling blood-stained nasal discharge and lymphadenopathy, cardiac […]

Work. I’m sick of it. I’m sick of talking and thinking about it. I’m sick of hearing about prescriptions for working life that treat only the symptoms, not the disease. Of cures, not prevention. I’m sick of people being treated as assets, talent and capital. I’m sick of a headlong rush to build a volatile, […]

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art – Paul Cézanne Sex is emotion in motion – Mae West March 20th, 2015, sees Europe’s largest Emotional Intelligence (EQ) summit arrive at London’s Park Plaza Riverbank hotel. Hosted by RocheMartin and Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University, the summit is […]


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