Reflections
Be the Helper

Be the Helper

A lady fell down the steps. Right next to me. I think she was absent mindedly walking down the steps whilst looking at her phone I rushed over to check her out and gave her my hand to help her get up. She was ok, but I suspect her knees are going to hurt tomorrow...

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Life of Pie

Work is what we do. Work is not who we are. I went to my first proper yoga class in two years yesterday, and it reminded me of the need to keep our horizons broad and our experiences nourishing. All of the things we do beyond work contribute to keeping us physically...

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BOOK REVIEW: Think Again, Adam Grant

BOOK REVIEW: Think Again, Adam Grant

I’d heard Adam Grant talking on his podcast and liked what he had to say, so I picked up the book with excitement. The simple tenet of the book is that rethinking our plans, answers and decisions is a good thing and a fixed mindset closes us to opportunities and...

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Challenging People

Challenging People

My husband and I had been chewing the cud about people we’ve worked with over the years and, as is so often the case, the difficult and challenging people came to mind more readily than the great people and the kind people. We’ve both worked with people who have made...

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BOOK REVIEW: Rebel Ideas, Matthew Syed

BOOK REVIEW: Rebel Ideas, Matthew Syed

I’ve spent nearly 10 hours on a train and had some lazy morning and early nights over the weekend, which have allowed me to consume Rebel Ideas. This book is excellent and sits right up there on the top of my list of lightbulb generating, sense making and thought...

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Work, Post-Covid

Work, Post-Covid

In 2019BC (before covid) we had mastered the fine art of organising meetings, giving ourselves (just) enough time to travel between meetings and attend them whilst sitting next to and across the table from our colleagues Between 2019DC (during covid) and 2022DC, we...

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BOOK REVIEW: Can’t see the wood for the trees? Alison Smith

BOOK REVIEW: Can’t see the wood for the trees? Alison Smith

Over the last couple of weeks, as I’ve been commuting back and forth to the office, I’ve been capitalising on the lack of internet access and reading this really rather excellent book by Alison Smith ‘Can’t see the wood for the trees? Landscaping your life to get back...

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Watchwords for 22: Learning

Watchwords for 22: Learning

It’s the very last day of January already, so here’s the last of my watchwords for 2022. Watchword number 10 is learning Learning is a friend of knowledge, but it’s not the same. Knowledge is active and learning is pro-active. Learning is about going out there to seek...

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Watchwords for 22: Care

Watchwords for 22: Care

Watchwords number 9 is care Care seems to me to be an umbrella term for putting others before yourself and behaving in a way that makes human relationships effective. Care is about emotional intelligence, understanding, sympathy, empathy, respect, compassion,...

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Watchwords for 22: Innovation

Watchwords for 22: Innovation

Watchwords number 8 is innovation From the digital explosion in virtual communication to the exponential increase in online services, covid has, we must admit, been a generator of transformational change. When we reflect on the last two years, the things we had...

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