Monthly Archives: April 2014

Fork Handles

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. George Bernard Shaw Fork handles or four candles? Pretty much any text you care to look at on the world of work stresses the importance of clear and effective communication. We know intuitively that good, truthful communication builds better, stronger relationships. […]

Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me!

It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed. ― Albert Einstein Thinking that everyone’s out to get you is a common feeling at work. And it’s not just some paranoid delusion. Many of the people who run large corporations are determined to wring every last drop of […]

Farewell, adieu, auf wiedershen, goodbye

A very nice piece of sage counsel from a Twitter pal, Christopher Demers, on his blog (here) about the manner in which you take your leave from work, got me reflecting on my own recent experiences. I was employed as Global Head of Operations for a service line within the consulting division of a multi-national […]

Elemental Ecosystems

In humans, sodium is an essential nutrient that regulates blood volume, blood pressure, osmotic equilibrium and PH, the minimum physiological requirement being 500 milligrams a day. The daily recommended intake of sodium is 2.3 grams per day. However, with most of the sodium in our diet coming from the processed foods we are so fond […]


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 […]

A Crash Test For Dummies

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 […]