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
I know, I know. I promised many and varied humorous tales from my many and varied roles around the globe, and I just keep coming back to Korea. I can’t help it. It was quite simply the most wonderfully bizarre, confusing, frustrating but ultimately rewarding two year period of my entire career. Not from a … More Tales from the Vault : Korea again
The never ending cartoon strip that is The Trump Presidency has thrown up yet another interesting intellectual dilemma, aka the question of being morally fit to lead. It has led me to reflect on my time close to the hot seat of a number of big businesses and ask the same question of my peers … More The Moral Olympics
Have you heard the latest? The robots are here, they’re smarter than us, they’re gonna take all the jobs, and finally they’ll take over and rule the world. And they dance. Of course you’ve heard it! You’re a leading or budding executive and are fully tuned in to the revolutionary robotic transformation in just about … More Dancing Robots?…Lifting the lid on the business conference.
Both regular readers will no doubt notice with some alarm that the “Vault” – my simple archive for hopefully humorous reminisces of my Executive past – has for this episode only been transformed to the “Crypt”. Two reasons for this. Firstly this tale is a little more contemporary than most tales that reside in the … More Tales from the Crypt : Stan and Ollie
Leaving a top notch executive role that you have put your heart and soul into is not an easy thing to do, whatever the circumstances and however it actually happens. I have just plummeted through this particular spin cycle, and while the painfulness of the circumstances still rankle too hard to fully explore in words, … More A miscarriage of corporate justice