I love music. Quite a wide range of music. Listening to and performing music helped me through some pretty miserable teenage years and at one point I toyed with the idea of being a professional. Somewhere along the line however, I realised I just wasn’t good enough and eventually I established a career in developing people instead.
Recently, I heard a story about a professional saxophone player that brought these two worlds together. Continue reading “Sweet (and not so sweet) music”
There are some conversations that stick in your mind. There’s a question or an insight in there that has a life far beyond the moment. One of these happened to me many years ago Continue reading “Who needs a magic wand?”
I was recently talking to a group of managers and the subject of employee engagement cropped up. As often happens, the discussion ended up focusing on ‘getting rid of bad apples’. Continue reading “Bad apples”
My politically-correct sensitivities have been severely challenged this week.
The chairman of Saatchi and Saatchi has had to resign after starting a row over sexism in the media industry. He said that the lack of women in leadership roles is not a problem because women have a different type of ambition. He justified this by saying: Continue reading “Ambition – a strictly men only affair?”
The following was written for a newsletter back in the summer of 2016. Reading through it again, it all seems completely relevant today, if not more so…
Continue reading “Credibility: 3 articles and a TED talk”
I often get surprised by what pops into my head during a coaching session. But the warnings on cigarette packets and Oscar Wilde made an odd combination even for me. Continue reading “Fag Packs, Oscar Wilde and Motivation”
Travelling back from Belfast recently, I found myself stuck in the airport waiting for a delayed plane. I was already tired and getting increasingly stressed and irritable. Around me, other passengers were running up and down trying to work out which gate they needed, calming down bored children or just making the most of the facilities. All very loudly.
Getting to the limits of coping, I felt like screaming Greta Garbo’s famous line from Grand Hotel – “I want to be alone; I just want to be alone!” Continue reading “Those Greta Garbo moments”
A while back, I was on a train listening to the conversation of the people immediately behind me. Yes, if you have to talk that loudly, of course I’m going to eavesdrop! Continue reading “Assessing cultural fit: necessity or a block to diversity?”
Among the various articles I’ve enjoyed this week was one entitled The Pros and Cons Of New Unconventional Leadership Styles. It suggests that as company culture changes, some managers are experimenting with unusual leadership styles. In particular it talks about the pros and cons of three styles: Continue reading “What’s new in leadership”