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Talking Loud and Clear

I guess it must be the time of year, but recently reading about students in Ireland doing their Leaving Certificate examinations I was reminded of the warm summer (past summers always seem warmer) when I did my Leaving Certificate exams. One of the big hits of the summer was a song by OMD called “Talking […]

My Suffering is my Badge of Honour

Last week I attended the first International Conference on the Mental Health & Wellbeing of Postgraduate Researchers. Within an hour of arriving I had learned that amongst countries of the OECD, England is in the bottom three for: • Quality of life; • Family life/support; • Economic pressure. Suffice to say that was not cheery […]

Lopping the heads off daisies; at the heart of Enterprise.

Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that matters. Winston Churchill. I recently found myself talking with two people with several years of successful self-employment behind them, and asking about the secret to their success. I wondered about the precarious nature of self-employment, particularly in the consultancy world […]

Choices

Every day we have choice. From the moment we wake in the morning to the end of our day, from early childhood until we lose our reason or die we have choice. Choice of children’s school. The holidays to take. The subjects to take in school. The career path to follow, or not. Friends, life […]

He answered his emails instantly – What an Epitaph.

Back in August I published Blog Post titled “When you’re working you’re working”. In it I referred to the culture that pervades so many work places, where ‘busyness’ and ‘being present’ appear to be markers of workplace engagement over and above actual outputs. Whilst the world, and the working world, appears to still be working […]

Specialist or Generalist?

Working in a large organisation means the co-ordination of a wide range of ‘moving parts’. This requires a range of roles to enable that co-ordination process. Leadership roles to ensure there is a vision for the organisation and the activities of the organisation keep it moving in the direction of that vision to optimise the […]

Resilience – Is it about being a swan on a lake?

One of the key facets employers seek in potential new employees is resilience. Indeed, resilience is right up there with the key soft skills that make an individual employable. Stuff happens, things go wrong. What matters is how people deal with the stuff that goes wrong, and see a project through. Whatever your views on […]

Scoping Failure

This week a colleague returned from a conference with some interesting feedback on the conversations she had been involved in around the purpose of a PhD and the views held by various stakeholders. One of the sessions reflected on the views held within Universities of those who completed a PhD and then went on to […]

Is it really Social Media?

One day this week I sat in a coffee shop with a friend. Two men of a certain age, we discussed the phenomena of social media with wonder. Whether it be the urge to live tweet from professional events or putting one’s ‘life’ on Facebook, we marvelled at the instant turnaround of information and the […]

Reflection: So easy to say, yet so hard to do……

Across a wide range of professional areas reflection is seen as a key skill. It is a key element of the Kolb Learning Cycle, that good old staple of many management and professional development programs. Reflection is seen as essential in order for the professional to evolve, develop, learn and move on in their career […]

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