The value of pausing and listening

This post was originally published on 22 May 2017. I liked this piece in HBR on holding good meetings. Having sat through a fair few interminable meetings in my time, quite a lot of it resonated. One particular element made me think about a wider issue. The author writes: Pausing conveys that you’re not interested inContinue reading “The value of pausing and listening”

Knitting for my wedding

Hmmm…seems I haven’t been very creative since I moved to Australia! Well, I have a bit, but not good about blogging it and admittedly, less so than I was in London and Brussels. I did get married recently and knitted a shrug for myself, using lovely wool bought during the delightful Yarn Corner retreat atContinue reading “Knitting for my wedding”

What’s the secret to network success?

This post was originally published on 25 August 2016 I was delighted to be invited this week to help an organisation find its network mojo. This particular network brings together academics and practitioners in a sector to spread expertise, good practices and innovation. They have had some success, but they are not sure that theyContinue reading “What’s the secret to network success?”

A different take on flexibility

The work I do at the Centre for Workplace Leadership involves thinking about a range of issues that relate to work. Flexibility has been one, with the Making Flexibility Work project and the preparations for the Future of Work conference. I’ve also been quite taken by Cal Newport’s concept of “Deep Work“, which invites us to consider that not all workContinue reading “A different take on flexibility”

Open letter to Japan’s Prime Minister and Education Minister on their instruction to close humanities and social science faculties

In case you hadn’t heard, the Japanese government have recently instructed public universities to close their humanities and social science faculties and concentrate on “areas that better serve society’s needs”. Here is the Times Higher Education Supplement article about it. This open letter is my response to the men behind that decision. Dear Messrs Abe and Shimomura, IContinue reading “Open letter to Japan’s Prime Minister and Education Minister on their instruction to close humanities and social science faculties”

Is Whiplash a film about organisational culture?

I wrote this article for the Centre for Workplace Leadership in 2015. I got very excited when their Tweet was liked by someone that had been in the film! NB: This article discusses elements of the film. If you haven’t watched it, you might want to look away now. And go and find it, it’sContinue reading “Is Whiplash a film about organisational culture?”