The subject of references came up recently. The manager in question was concerned about whether to write one at all. He was trapped between trying to be polite to the departing employee and an overwhelming urge to warn the new employer. There is no obligation to write a reference. Some companies have policies discouraging anyone … Continue reading On writing an honest reference
In many large companies, hefty sums are often directed disproportionately in training. Sponsoring MBAs or paying for coaching can take vast chunks out of the leadership training budget. This is common, but it is also foolish. The greatest priority for funds for management training are the first line supervisors. This is where the hardest challenges … Continue reading And Who Will Manage Simon?
I was a big fan of Australian columnist Philip Adams in my student years and continue to read his columns in a weekend paper. I don’t always agree with him, but something I always found admirable about Adams was that he had achieved so much. He was prolific, and I aspired to be prolific, afternoon … Continue reading Life; Be in It, sometimes.
A friend was recounting a visit from a Mum and her nine-year-old daughter. As the daughter twirled away on his kitchen floor, he asked the question many of us direct at children and unemployable relatives, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “I’m going to Broadway,” she said, quite earnestly. He waited … Continue reading Dream a little dream
It’s that time of year for the office Christmas party, a ritual that we may relish or dread. Only the most curmudgeonly or drastically ill employee is excused from attending and excuses such as ‘a sudden bout of leprosy’ are unlikely to be believed. In my working life I can recall extremes of lavish affairs … Continue reading Deck the Halls
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