Monthly Archives: September 2013

On A Hiding To Nothing

Hateful to me as are the gates of hell, Is he who, hiding one thing in his heart, Utters another. Homer Charles Darwin’s 1859 theory of natural selection posited that camouflage evolved as a way of giving animals a reproductive advantage. Some years later, zoologist Edward Poulton broke camouflage down into different categories including “special […]

What if?

What if you sat in a presentation and you were confronted not with the usual management BS, padding, charts, graphs and easy platitudes but with some forthright honesty?

If Only A Slide Will Do (Redux)

This blog has served as a catalyst for my own continual learning experience. This particular post has proved to be no different. As you can see from the comments, Doug Shaw has highlighted a lack of authenticity even in the briefest of slide decks I’ve used in the past. Doug made me think better. I […]

P.O.E.T.S. Corner

I’m following the sage advice of the incomparable Doug Shaw and overcoming my fear of an artform that I find challenging at best, poetry. I’ll update this post as and when the muse takes me. First up, three haiku: Work, a waking dream In cubicled entrapment. Vertiginous leap. Global access now. Cursor describes lazy arcs. […]


Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities – that’s training or instruction – but is rather making visible what is hidden as a seed. Thomas Moore Not a week passes without yet another report from government or business that puts a spin on analysis of data to suit […]

EXPLORE, RESCUE, PROTECT – The Octonauts and the Workplace Archetypes

As ever, being the parent of a 4.5-year-old serves up the ready inspiration for this blog on the (occasionally) grown up world of work. Articles in both mainstream and industry –specific media often use analogies from literature, film and music to illustrate various themes around workplace issues. This blog is no different and I’ve referenced […]

15 Minutes – Warhol, Cowell and Workplace Porn

Great men, unknown to their generation, have their fame among the great who have preceded them, and all true worldly fame subsides from their high estimate beyond the stars. Henry David Thoreau Much in the news and on social media channels lately following celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s comments (in that esteemed organ of social commentary, […]