I’m currently exploring the skills and habits of values-based decision-making in collaboration with the brilliant occupational psychologist Rob Archer. This is the focus of our
Blamestorming was mentioned in the Sunday Times on 11 February 2018 by Patrick Waldron, CEO of €1bn company Fintrax, as his current reading choice. You
See this article in The Guardian featuring Rob in December 2017.
Many years ago, I worked with a remarkable man who’d spent 20 years as a monk before getting married, starting a family and becoming a brilliant educator. He was making a brief stop in the UK and I had the afternoon free, so I took him to Hampton Court Palace near London. I imagined that we’d go round the palace,Read more >
The life lesson we should have been taught at school. We all suffer from emotional overreactions. In the heat of the moment we say something to a person we love without stopping to consider the shockwaves. Or we blast off an email and wonder why we didn’t sleep on it before pressing ‘Send’. Our emotions spill over and, by theRead more >
A riddle asks: “What do we love to give but hate to take?” The answer is advice. And yet many of us are addicted to offering our solutions and pearls of wisdom at the slightest opportunity. Over time this can cause friends, family, and colleagues to pull up the drawbridge on communicating with us. Our advice may be well-intended butRead more >
A number of years ago I worked with an international company that had one woman among its entire senior management community. After a strategy meeting, the conversation at dinner deteriorated to the point where I felt uncomfortable on her behalf. She happened to be sitting next to me, so I asked her how she coped. ‘I behave like a man,’Read more >