I stumbled upon this Glossary of Terms for the Minutes of Meetings and thought that it would make a helpful blog post for those of you who must occasionally write up the minutes. Please feel free to contribute other helpful ideas. Term: The results were inconclusive. Meaning: Nothing was accomplished Term: The committee met and … Continue reading Just a Minute
The news about job security has never been good for my generation. We had one headmaster who thundered ‘many of you will end up on the dole.’ He was warming up to a second career as a motivational speaker. Younger generations are now hearing that robots are after their opportunities. This week I read You … Continue reading A Robot will take my job. When can it start?
One day through the primeval wood A calf walked home, as good calves should; But left a trail all bent askew, A crooked trail as all calves do. Since then, three hundred years have fled, And, I infer, the calf is dead. But still he left behind his trail, and thereby hangs my moral … Continue reading The Calf Path
Journalist Richard Glover recently wrote a wonderful column about shocking millennials with his tales of the stationery cupboard. When he first joined the workforce, everyone had to convince the stationery gate-keeper that their pen (allotment, one) was indeed empty of ink before being issued with a replacement. “Don’t be ridiculous!’ said bright young things to … Continue reading Sex and the Stationery Cupboard
Irving Janis is credited with the term ‘Groupthink’ but wasn’t promoting it as a good idea. Janis said that when we are in decision making groups, the pressure to maintain a consensus results in less critical thinking. Selective bias starts to show in the way the group reacts to factual information, mass media, experts and … Continue reading On Groupthink and Old Soldiers
My wonderful former colleague, Bob, has just sent a fabulous link on corporate jargon. Some thoughtful person called Andrew Davidson has produced a jargon generator for anyone needing to turn plain language into sentences like these; ‘We will revalue our capability to brand without lessening our power to reinvent. We understand that it is better … Continue reading The Jargon Generator
Max De Pree wrote about the true meaning of diversity in his book, Leadership is an Art, back in 1989. My father is ninety-six years old. He is the founder of Herman Miller, and much of the value system and impounded energy of the company, a legacy still drawn on today, is part of his … Continue reading Remembering the Millwright
Dearest Followers I'm sending A different sort of post this week. I thought it was time to advertise the second book and so here it is, with the website link attached. Thanks to Mary, who over lunch yesterday said, 'so where is this book and in fact, where was the first one?' Mary is like that. … Continue reading The book…
I encountered a young woman with a staggering level of arrogance and bad manners a few years ago. My colleagues had sent in a proposal for some work and I was representing them that day. All their ideas were dismissed as being too old. ‘But I wasn’t even born then!’ she said about well-respected models … Continue reading The Whistle (Still) Doesn’t Drive the Train.
I recently came across a 2014 article from The Atlantic Journal by Kevin Roose titled; The Woes of Wall Street; Why Young Bankers are so Miserable. Roose claims to have spent three years shadowing a group of young Wall Street workers. (That might have needed some explaining down at the precinct). He concluded that the … Continue reading On Herzberg, Fried Chicken and Freedom