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If tomorrow never comes.

This blog post is dedicated to the man who stepped out in front of my car as I drove to work this morning. As I plan the second Health & Wellbeing day for University of Leicester PhDs, one of the issues I think about is mindfulness. In other blog posts I have prattled on about […]

It’s nice to be important, but is it really more important to be nice?

The late British entertainer Bruce Forsyth had amongst his several catch phrases “it’s nice to be important but it is more important to be nice”. Does this apply in our professional lives? After all, the workplace is a ruthless environment, where the tough survive, the Psychopath reaches the top, and those who are concerned with […]

Calling on Evidence

This morning I was listening to a radio news item on the type of Christmas presents people buy. The item referred to some research on people’s spending habits when it comes to buying Christmas presents. The suggestion was that people who are better off spend the same, or in some instances less, than their less […]

When did mindfulness become a thing?

“The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” ― Alice Morse Earle In career terms we spend much effort in planning for the future, where we might be in a given amount […]

Training? Who needs it?

Recently, whilst talking to a trainer in one of the UK police forces, he mentioned how their staff trained in police driving techniques had to undergo regular refresher training. It reminded me of the work related training that many professions undergo. National Health Service Staff, and their equivalents in other countries such as the Irish […]

What is behind the work persona?

My role brings me into contact with many people from different parts of the world who are striving to attain the next step in their career. This may mean getting on to a PhD program at Leicester, elsewhere in the UK or somewhere overseas; It may mean moving on to a “post-doc” or “early career […]

Does it matter if your PhD Certificate includes the topic of your research?

Sitting in a meeting recently I learned that University of Leicester PhD certificates do not include a title or descriptor of the research topic. Just PhD Leicester. Looking at this from an employer perspective, one always wants evidence of what a candidate presents at selection. So whilst a CV may carry a descriptor of the […]

Is a product really worth what someone will pay for it?

I recently had reason to compare the work of people at opposite ends of the work-related pay scales that our society has developed.  At one extreme are those who do high level roles within organisations and at the other end are people who care for the sick, elderly, disabled and otherwise vulnerable in our society.  […]

Communication and Influence – An Essential Transferable Skill (or is it skills?).

“The meaning of communication is the response you get” – Anthony Robbins. Growing up in a rural community in Ireland, our farm would, very occasionally, be visited by sales people, selling a variety of products literally out of the back of a car. Items included household decorations, clothes and many more. As a small child […]

There’s no I in team.

I’ve got a friend…. Hang on, before you click away in disbelief, I actually have several friends, but the one I have in mind did his PhD on the correct use of debriefing after teambuilding activities. He and I share a belief that teambuilding activities can add real value in a work-place, but the catch […]

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