tools only work if you use them well, so let’s stop using annual appraisals


There is no doubt that tools are useful things to have for they can make our lives so much easier, but they have two major drawbacks: Read more…

The return of International Rescue? Maybe not…


Despite the chill of the early Spring day John could feel a bead or two of sweat on his brow as he approached the hotel. He was already beginning to regret having walked to Park Lane from Paddington, but a stroll through to the park had seemed like a good way to fix his mind on what he had to do. Read more…

musings on how the office can survive into the future


There still seems to be a view that we provide buildings; offices, hospitals, warehouses or whatever and that people come to these places to do things there, and in the case of an office there is a view that we no longer need them, that the technology of today makes many jobs independent of a traditional office base. That is true in some cases, but the problem with most of the arguments of that principle is that they treat the building and what goes on in it a separate entities. Read more…

Are we nearly there yet?


“Are we nearly there yet?”, that familiar cry from the back seat, and sometimes from the front. The answer may be yes, maybe no, but how do we know? These days when we are on a day out we probably know where we are from our SatNav system and, if you have that set up to do so, it will also tell you whether you are going to arrive on time or not. At work we don’t have SatNav though, so whether we are looking at the day’s work or a project we need to have something else to keep track of where we are. Read more…

right and wrong, democracy or dictatorship?


When you are young you begin to learn from the people and the world around you. At first you are naturally trusting about what you are told, and then with a bit of curiosity you start to verify things; “Don’t touch that; it’s hot.” Ok, you think, then you put your hand out and “Ouch, that hurt.” Read more…

every man in the fleet knows what to do except the commanding admiral


These words were written by Ian Fleming for his creation M to utter in conversation with 007 and they convey an important leadership principle. Read more…

the power of words


Language has fascinated me for as long as I can remember; to listen to someone speak well or to read something well written is a joy. Language evolves though and even in my lifetime there has been a lot of change. Read more…

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