Brainstorming, a great way to…

Fail. Not because it doesn’t have any validity, it does of course have its uses, but because it is done so badly. Wrong place, wrong people, wrong problems which all contribute to the wrong solutions. My experiences of the technique, for which we have to thank Alex Faickney Osborne and his book Applied Imagination, isContinue reading “Brainstorming, a great way to…”

You don’t have to do this…”Things They Didn’t Teach You at Dental School”

An excerpt from the forthcoming book, “101 Things They Didn’t Teach You at Dental School” “This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” Polonius. Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3. Is Dentistry really what you want to do? YouContinue reading “You don’t have to do this…”Things They Didn’t Teach You at Dental School””

The Natural Order of Things

John Naughton posted this quote from Douglas Adams on his Memex blog HERE. “Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and youContinue reading “The Natural Order of Things”

A Manager’s Manifesto from Bartleby

The ever reliable Bartleby in The Economist has come up with “A Manager’s Manifesto for 2020”. If you can’t be bothered to read the whole thing or even the headings then dwell on the conclusion: Will following these eight rules lead to instant business success? Of course not. None of this will work if theContinue reading “A Manager’s Manifesto from Bartleby”

Stupid behaviour – Gillian Tett – The Silo Effect

“Why do humans working in modern institutions collectively act in ways that sometimes seem stupid? Why do normally clever people fail to see risk and opportunities that are subsequently blindingly obvious? Why, as Daniel Kahneman, the psychologist put it, are we sometimes so ‘blind to our own blindness’?” – The Silo Effect, page ix ReadContinue reading “Stupid behaviour – Gillian Tett – The Silo Effect”

Please, no more stock CVs

New Year – New Job? A client despairing of trying to differentiate between applicants sent me this list, they had received four job applications for an administrator that were almost identical. Key Skills & Qualities  Self-motivated, reliable & responsible worker Very strong interpersonal communication skills Team player with ability to work on own initiative whenContinue reading “Please, no more stock CVs”

The Fish Rots From The Head

“il pesce marcisce dalla testa” – The Fish Rots From The Head The final quarter of 2018 saw me speaking throughout the UK on “Leadership and Management”. In preparation I examined the characteristics of both, the differences between them and where they overlap. This exercise meant that I had to take stock of some of theContinue reading “The Fish Rots From The Head”

Sleep isn’t for Wimps.

I had a nickname in my first year at university – “The Midnight Rambler” – I didn’t sleep very well and used to wander around the halls of residence looking for people with their lights on to share a coffee and have a chat. (I suppose the coffee was a clue…) I finally got aroundContinue reading “Sleep isn’t for Wimps.”