Behind The Professional Facade What do you not tell your boss?

Maria is much in demand professionally. She was recently head hunted by another company – a prestigious one. Tempted to go, her employers acted quickly, giving her both promotion and… read more »

The ‘Vision’ Thing Does it matter to you what your company stands for?

I was speaking with Henry, a successful freelance consultant in business organisation. And in middle age, a new issue has arisen for him: the ethics of the companies he works… read more »

Do We Choose Our Jobs?

Is your job getting you down? Making you depressed? And can you do anything about it? Someone said to me the other day: ‘Something dies in me every day I… read more »

Discretionary Effort at Work What’s the secret ingredient?

She doesn’t feel the same way about her work place anymore. Something’s changed. She used to regard it with an almost vocational spirit…nothing was too much. She would happily do… read more »

Giving Work Meaning What can I do to make a difference?

How do you arrive at work? I’m not so much thinking about your mode of transport, though that can have an impact on the day. I’m thinking more about the… read more »

Leadership is a Community

Sometimes it’s the leader who gets the acclaim. But it’s rare that the leader has acted alone. Christopher Columbus is famous as the first European to discover America in 1492…. read more »

Comedy at Work Is work too serious for joking?

Mary Poppins should appear in every company training day once in a while. Particularly, the story of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. George Banks, an employee there, takes his children, Jane… read more »

The Learning of Leisure How's your time off going?

I don’t often quote Aristotle, the Greek philosopher. But he was bang on the money with his 4th century BC contribution to the work/life balance debate. ‘This is the main… read more »

Who are the creative types?

She had worked in the social services for twenty two years. She’d visited thousands of homes in difficult situations; been a human face in painful and vulnerable places. Yet she… read more »

What could replace staff appraisals?

Is the staff appraisal about to join the fax machine in corporate extinction? It’s possible. The appraisal has always been a source of frustration or mirth. As one employee said:… read more »