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What does it take to be happy at work?

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Insights and lessons learned from Corporate Rebels Pim and Joost at my alma mater Roffey Park Institute – in my Guest Blog spot I pop the pin of my own assumptions and ask my inner nitwit to stop sharing in the echo chamber of my own mind. If you care to read about these insights, click here and […]

Where the wild things are

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I spent time over the last couple of years travelling to Portland, Oregon to help a passionate and courageous group of people strategise about how they were going to bring their new organisation into being. The result is Ocean Outcomes: an organisation dedicated to helping communities and the seafood industry improve the sustainability of wild fisheries. Not […]

Want to change? Be more you.

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This post is inspired by the launch of our associate Edward Kellow’s new website “Kellow Learning“.   “…change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not.” Arnold Beisser, The Paradoxical Theory of Change, 1970 In a classic and often quoted work about Gestalt therapy, Beisser sets […]

Imagine turning down the top job

At the end of 2011, MBS executive recruitment consultants reviewed the reasons for the departure of high profile leaders from large, public corporations such as Lloyds TSB, Adidas and Pfizer. Exhaustion and personal reasons were cited by highly talented individuals as influencing their choice to leave. Once upon a time personal reasons and exhaustion might […]

Transforming sacred cows into purple cows

I just finished reading Walter Isaacson’s excellent warts and all biography of Steve Jobs. As I was reading Jobs’ own words about his legacy it occurred to me that one way of characterising part of that legacy would be to say that Jobs was a master of transforming sacred cows into purple cows. Let me […]