Last week, we took a narrow boat down the Kennett and Avon canal.
Slow pace, a different time.
One day we visited the chocolate-boxy Bradford-on-Avon, and took a walk to drink in some local history.
Most impressive, a C15th tithe barn. 50 metres long, 10 metres wide, the building annually stored a tenth (tithe) of farmers’ produce which fed the nuns at the Shaftesbury Abbey - the richest nunnery in England. Before returning to the boat, we stopped at a much smaller outb
40 Books in 2018 Michael Lewis THE UNDOING PROJECT 368pp Allen Lane 2016 This is Draft 6. Perhaps it’s number seven. I’ve lost count. Why go to so much effort to write a blog post that will be read by a small audience? Because I’ve been struggling to find the best way to capture Michael Lewis’s book in 1500 words, and to do it justice. Here are some options: 1. The Undoing Project (TUP) is a biography of two brilliant thinkers who helped to re-invent C20th psychology; 2. TUP
I don’t know the origin of this story; there are several variations out in the digital ether. Sometimes the moral is spelt out explicitly; I prefer a looser interpretation. The professor stood at the front of the lecture theatre behind a large workbench. On it stood a large glass specimen jar, the sort that collectors of the macabre use to exhibit animals with too many limbs. It was the start of term, so he was playing to a full house. From beneath the table he lifted a bucke
Back in 2007, my MP - then in Opposition - agreed to talk about working in the House of Commons. As we didn't have a budget, the aim was to create 'content' to promote our small, local business. It turned out to be a frank, open exchange about women in work, careers in politics, managing upwards and self-belief. Here's the interview that Theresa May signed-off for our publication nine years ago. I hope that as Prime Minister, she'd do the same today. Micro CV @ 2007 Educated
Excerpt from 'All LinkedIn and Nowhere to Go', by Ann Friedman 'And in the frenetic world of just-in-time professional connectivity, LinkedIn’s vision of the listicled life is more and more the norm. Just take, for example, another recent influencer post by another social media guru, Dave Kerpen, who helms a network concern bearing the ominously bland name of Likeable Local: 'In reviewing his own tenure as a regular contributor to the LinkedIn news site, LinkedIn Today, Kerpe
There are no rules and no guarantees when trying something new.
But we can learn from the successes of others - especially those outside our field.
1 Welcome unexpected proposals
Aged 16, Julie Taymor went to Paris and joined the Jacques LeCoq mime and theatre school.
At 18, she returned to the US to study anthropology, folklore and shamanism.
Julie then won a Fellowship to study Bunraku theatre in Japan and shadow puppet forms in Indonesia. An unconventional caree
How a standard filler for a newpaper's lifestyle section became an exploration of biases, meaning, values. And how a blog post, like a poem,'is never finished, only abandoned.' The quotation in the headline caught my eye: "I didn't show enough vulnerability". Only after, did I notice the name George Osborne. I read the 10-minute edited transcript, ending with a great thought: "I wasn't showing enough vulnerability and acceptance that I was getting things wrong." We all think
The best job interviewers make a candidate think.
The interviewee has to press pause on their pre-programmed “then I did; then I did; then I did…” and come into the present moment.
In the comfort zone, we see personality. In times of stress, we see character. Throwing a candidate a little off-balance enables you to get beneath the surface and find a little more of what the person is really like.
The 5-Point PARKA
Here's a simple technique to do that. Of course, using i
I was on the LinkedIn homepage, trying to avoid the banner articles, those promises of “3/5/7/9” steps to “better job / happiness / wealth / social media mastery”. The digital equivalent of snake oil.
Yet one did catch my attention (which I suppose is the general idea): “Top Executive Recruiters Agree There Are Only Three True Job Interview Questions.”
Were these Top Recruiters or Recruiters of Top Executives? How many of them had reached this agreement ? (It turned out