There’s no such group as “They”

One of the most extraordinary things about many of us is our ability to blame other people.  Eavesdrop on a conversation at a water-cooler, coffee machine, or whilst wandering around a store and, eventually, you will hear someone blaming somebody for something.  Clearly, in many cases heaping opprobrium on another individual is appropriate especially if it’s is the goal-keeper of your team and ...

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Leader-proofing

I was recently at a talk (about, as it happens, political blundering) when the speaker said that a sign of a good organisation is whether it is leader-proof. It occurred to me then that cult of leadership is indeed beginning to die its death.  After having had decades of alpha males running organisations as the Chief Entertainment Officer, people are starting to question the myth, perpetuated by b...

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Willpower

I’ve been meaning to write about this topic for a while but I’ve kept putting it off.  One day I may seek help for my procrastination problem.  To be fair, I’m not quite as bad as Goncharov’s marvellous character Oblomov who spends his day in his dressing gown surrounded by books and dust-covered papers, constantly resolving to start work.  The fact is, however, that more and more of us ...

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