The poet Charles Bukowski said ”writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all”. So here I am, overcoming my struggle to write my blog by writing about struggling to write my blog – or perhaps about becoming unstuck in general.
What made you open this post?
Anyone like me who regularly writes a blog is always interested in that question. One of the factors that undeniably influences people is a catchy title, preferably one that addresses a problem. I quite like posing questions, while others go for the numeric option such as 7 ways to unclog a toilet or 4 steps to a 6 figure income (find your own link for that one – I’m not endorsing anyone’s get-rich-quick scheme).
It’s all very well starting the New Year with good intentions, but I’m still working my way through the chocolate and cake mountain that mysteriously appeared over Christmas. I have a very strong food ethic: wasting it is just plain wrong, so throwing away perfectly good if distinctly unhealthy food is quite frankly never going to happen. I blame my parents (of course).
There’s a lot (and I mean a lot) written at this time of year about making New Year Resolutions. Most of the time, I avoid the whole resolution fever as I think that if you want to change something, there’s nothing magical about 1st January that makes it any more likely that you’ll transform your life. But then I got to thinking (dangerous), and for me thinking leads to research, which leads to yet more thinking. And before you know it, I’m writing an article about the very subject I was trying to avoid.
Don’t worry I’m not having an existential crisis – it’s far too early in the day for that.
I recently read a discussion on an HR forum about the problems of retaining staff in a small business where promotion prospects are slim. My initial reaction was ‘well tough, you can’t’. Let’s face it, if an organisation’s managers are a permanent fixture, clinging on until they finally drop/retire, what’s left for anyone who’s the slightest bit ambitious or (let’s not be squeamish about it) wants to earn more? Continue reading “Why am I here?”
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?”
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”