Wowzer! One of my stated aims of this blog was to document – ideally in a humorous and irreverent way – the ups and downs of my lucky life close to the top of the Executive tree. It pains me to reflect that much of my recent musings seem to have documented the seemingly endless … More Fresh Mountain Air
I believe in keeping things simple and to the point. So I’ll start with my two words to bid adieu to 2020. The second one is “off”. You can insert your own first word. In normal times I’ve never been much of a fan of the annual review of “the year that was”. Always struck … More Farewell to 2020 in 2 words
Whilst I would love to believe otherwise, currently I am not aware of my blog having an avid fan base. Yet if there were such a thing it would surely have noticed a distinct lack of recent activity. Now I’m sure I’m not alone on that – the year has been mildly disruptive after all … More A Tale of Blowing Whistles
The annual company conference. Or bi-annual if your company has started to struggle. I’ve been to a few in my time. I know that I should feel grateful and lucky to have had the opportunity. It’s a big expense for a corporate to take on especially in a world of ever diminishing returns. Only the … More Shortcut to understanding your corporate culture : the company conference
Sorry Star Wars fans, this has absolutely no relevance to you at all. Unless of course the Evil Empire is actually the corporate world (an increasingly popular concept in this modern entrepreneurial world), in which case I am the newly appointed CEO Vader. Not only am I a new CEO but based on this title … More Episode IV : A New (Corporate) Dawn
With the incessant cavalry charge towards “authentic leadership” in full swing, one of the most regular battle cries is to “be able to look at yourself in the mirror”. It’s something I’ve always believed in and tried to live by. Tough decisions do need to be made for the greater good, but as long as … More Self Reflection : Mirror mirror on the wall
Since launching my first-born blog into an unsuspecting universe nearly two years ago, it’s fair to say I’ve had a chunky sized helping of turbulence. Not as a direct result I hasten to add. There have of course been peaks and perks alongside the bumps and bruises, and as time goes on I’ve recognised just … More One good day makes it all okay
A new low. Recently I failed to get an Executive role in a company that manufactures and distributes shit. Not only did I fail, but I appear to have failed by some way, and with some fairly brutal post final interview feedback. Feedback is supposed to be good to get – it is a gift … More Executive Scrapheap?
I came across a new one today. The circular economy apparently has replaced the linear economy. I must have missed the edict. It was raised at one of the new horrors of my ex-Executive life – the networking function. I tottered along with 200 or so others to a breakfast session with an eminent politician … More The circular economy: the sunset for capitalism?
Somewhere in the dictionary between Conspicuous and Contemptible sits the word Consultant. It sits there for a reason. Certainly, my experiences of the mainstream consulting industry have consistently been as disappointing and predictable as the average person in the street would expect. Totally detached from the reality of most situations, failing to recognise the challenge … More The C word