How can you tick the box when you’re thinking outside it?

It’s the age of the gig economy and the portfolio career, so we’re told. Yet, judging by the number of people still streaming off the 7.13 to Waterloo and the recruitment angst pervading LinkedIn, a lot of us are still ticking those traditional career boxes; get qualified, get a job, get fed up with that… Read More

Middle Aged Men in Suits – Hate Speech and Business

Hate speech is everywhere; From Vladimir Putin on migrants and the death of liberalism, to Boris Johnson’s casual insults of the French , business people and Moslem women, to some of the responses to Mark Field’s abhorrent reaction to an environmental protestor. Our media machine makes sure there’s always plenty of juicy generalisation and stereotyping… Read More

#996, the work paradox and the joy of extreme pottering

There’s been a bit of a Linkedin storm following Billionaire Jack Ma’s comments supporting the ‘996’ work culture in China, where people in the tech sector are expected to work 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. It’s part of the long running debate on work/life balance and the perceived constant pressure to work… Read More

Could smart emojis kill the ‘Art of the Deal’? We can but hope

This all started with some uninteresting and unoriginal pondering on how we are all getting angrier with each other and how social media is taking much of the blame. I know our underlying political and social schisms have a lot to do with it, along with  social media’s power to orchestrate and manipulate opinion. I… Read More

Happy 2019! An idiot looks at the future of business, and turnips

I owe you an apology or two. First, I’m meant to be running this as a business blog, hosted on my business website, and (if I can trust my analytics) read almost solely by a bunch of LinkedIn contacts (thank you for your support). Yet I fear my last few posts have gradually strayed further… Read More

#MeToo, Boris, Ken and managing prejudice at work

You don’t need me to tell you that politics of hate is big right now, from Brexit to alleged antisemitism in the UK Labour party, from #MeToo to popularist political movements fuelled by distrust or hatred of other social groups. There’s been plenty of speculation and debate about the causes, so I’d like to focus… Read More

Stacks, Blockchain and the death of capitalism?

If you’ve been reading my blog, firstly, thank you kindly, and secondly, you may have picked up that I like to take themes from the world of IT and apply them in a wider context. This is because I find it interesting to take stuff from one domain, abstract it and apply it to another… Read More

What happens when the work runs out?

Automation’s impact on society is generating much interest, with prognostications all the way up to impending robot Armageddon. Even more measured assessments warn of a double squeeze on resources as the population ages and a significant proportion of human jobs are automated. I’ve written about this in two previous posts on this blog, about the… Read More

On the bench? Coping with being ‘Open’ after 50

I’m seeing quite a few friends and colleagues over 50 back on the jobs market after long stints with the same company, after being displaced as their business consolidates and outsources their support functions like IT, finance and procurement. Most of them are skilled and experienced managers or specialists in their field. I’ve written about… Read More