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Apr 9

The Myth Of Organizational Values

I think we all need to wake up to the fact that organizations are artificial constructs and stop the pretence that they are “real” and “living” organisms that have some kind of magical cognizance and self-awareness.  Organizations are not sentient beings.  In fact, there are not beings at all.  

Their culture, values, goals and plans and such are all artificially created in someone’s imagination and then like a play, acted out in particular ways to manifest reality, to make what is imagined real.  This is the existential nature of organizations – artificial...

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Apr 4

TRAPPED IN DEMOCRACY

 

Politics plays a pivotal and pervasive role in the lives of people in the UK and always has.  It pervades every aspect of life and is literally part of an individual’s psyche both consciously and sub-consciously.  What this means is that the precariousness of politics, such as that driven by Brexit, creates a "symbiotic psychology". As citizens, we too feel the heightened angst, tension, fear, anger, frustration, resentment, stress, disappointment, betrayal and such just as the politicians who are directly in the midst of this “crisis” irrespective of which side of...

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Nov 13

INTELLIGENT MANAGEMENT

 

There are two management adages that often get quoted in policy development circles – namely:

“What gets measured gets done” (or some variation of this); and “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. 

Both of these quotes are generally attributed to the management guru Peter Drucker. They are interesting quotes because of course they essentially contradict and fight against each other – in that one is encouraging you to be very formulaic and process driven in your approach – and the other is warning you against this. But of course, that is the essence of modern...

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Sep 11

DO I DESERVE THE LIFE I HAVE?

 

Life is a bowl of Cherries or is it a box of Chocolates?

Nevertheless, this is a serious existential question that you have probably asked yourself at some stage in your life?  

This question goes to the heart of two issues:

  1. How you make sense of your life.
  2. What control do you have (or had) over the events that have shaped your life today?

The world seems to be in turmoil, again.  There are political, economic and social uncertainties everywhere.  Political movements and activism is rife.  Groups and individuals are exercising their freedom unencumbered and...

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Aug 23

BODY LANGUAGE: HOW TO READ NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION

Learning to read body language is essential when negotiating with clients or customers. A deal can be lost if we are unable to read non-verbal communication. An in-depth study can take years, but here are some useful tips.

Positive Signals:

  • Good eye contact
  • Smiling
  • Nodding
  • Hands clasped loosely on the lap
  • Sitting or standing in a relaxed position 
  • Sitting forward when listening 
  • Displaying a sense of calm

These signals make you look confident, trustworthy and in control.

  • Good eye contact is vital if you are to build rapport with somebody. You can gauge their...

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