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”

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?”

Could I have gone solo earlier?

I’ve had a really good week. I’ve got some really excellent work lined up for the next few months, which plays to my strengths while moving into my area of particular interest for the future, organisational behaviour. I’ve finished my degree, handing in two assignments for my Educating for Knowledge and Understanding course and finishingContinue reading “Could I have gone solo earlier?”

Academic research in an age of social media

The last time I wrote a dissertation was 1993. It was my final year at the London School of Economics and because I had taken a semester to do Erasmus in Leiden, I had the option of writing a dissertation instead of taking an exam for one of my courses, given I had missed someContinue reading “Academic research in an age of social media”