We’ve all found our way to where we find ourselves by different routes. It’s incredibly hard to ascribe success to any one decision or piece of good fortune. I do think that, in my own small way, I’ve been successful and (after no small amount of prompting) I thought it would be useful for me […]

There’s a well-worn trope from the Superman story where mild-mannered reporter, Clark Kent, runs out of the revolving door at the entrance to the Daily Planet and, as it swiftly spins around, he is transformed into the Man of Steel and flies off to save the Earth from yet another dastardly evildoer. This particular story […]

The start of a new year seems as good a place as any to publish this, the third part of the lexicon of corporate bullshittery. You can read Parts I & II here and here. Accountability – What dimwit recruiters in the Financial Services sector go looking for. Action – Doing things for someone whose ego […]

“This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away…to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmm?” If there’s a bright centre to the universe then, to a six year-old boy, Torquay on a rain-sodden December day, under leaden […]

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 […]

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