Christmas 2012 – home thoughts from abroad

Take Away Line After a year of exciting and challenging international assignments, alongside the more typical ones in the UK and other European Countries, it’s time to roast a Christmas chestnut and reflect on the learning that they have brought in their wake.  So, in a Christmas stocking full of tall stories from far lands,…

Happiness at Work: where Challenge stops and Satisfaction begins

Take Away Line While the word challenge frequently came to mind during the Olympics and Paralympics, the word boredom did not.  Yet, all jobs have a mixture of challenge and repetition.  What’s our stance in relation to work challenge?  How do we bore through boredom, if it’s a feature, or become a champion of challenge? …

Happiness at Work: Our work as our Calling

Take Away Line We might feel that a calling is something that only the few have.  And there is some empirical evidence to support this idea.  Few of us feel we can alter our work or other circumstances.  But with care and attention we can alter our perspective on things and in so doing maximise…

Governance: Consultant/client relations – where does the power really lie?

Take-Away Line Whether as a member of a board or as a consultant to a board, groups find ways of limiting individual power in ways that can be surprising and uncomfortable, even apparently irrational.  There is a strange symbiotic relationship between a consultant and a client board (in the case of governance), each having power…

Leadership and culture: Lions led by donkeys – when managerial under-capacity is a choice

Take Away Line Leaders of organisations can live in a work culture that oppresses them and builds in failure.  Yet, even as the leaders of their organisations, they can feel they have no choice.  They are stuck.  The example of the turnaround of the car industry in the UK, no longer British owned, shows how…