Category Archives: Family life

The crumbling imperfections of parenthood

My card: ‘Dad I still love you even though your going bald’! The toughest leadership challenge is parenthood. It’s also the most rewarding. Why is it hard? Is it good? It’s hard because it’s personal. Our children see us exactly … Continue reading

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How to manage an extrovert

I sat in on an interview conducted by an extrovert. In all the time he was talking, there wasn’t a single question directed at the candidate! She had a winning smile to be fair, and doubtless an impeccable CV, but … Continue reading

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It’s great at the top isn’t it?

Of course we all want to be promoted, don’t we? The aspiration of every young trainee is to better herself, to climb up the greasy pole, to get to the top. Of course it is. But what happens when we … Continue reading

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What happens when you “lose it”?

“Throwing your toys out of the pram” happens to most of us a some point. But if you are a high-profile figure, or have significant influence over the lives of others, for example a teacher or politician, then the consequences … Continue reading

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A Royal Appointment

It’s the best news this country has had for a long time! Kate Middleton is to marry His Royal Highness Prince William. The media hype which naturally surrounds their engagement speculates a great deal about the relationship they have, and … Continue reading

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How does Joel model leadership?

Don’t read this if you are out of touch with your sensitive side! But Channel 4′s Undercover Boss USA shows Joel Manby as a great model of leadership. It’s the usual format with Joel, CEO of Herschend theme parks, going … Continue reading

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Is love a drug?

Have you ever fallen in love? Head over heels? Then you’ll know what I mean about “love” in this context being like a strong draught of opiate-like euphoria. “The Times” reported recently that “falling in love” has powerful pain relieving … Continue reading

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Are villains the worst people?

Do you prefer “Paul Robinson” on “Neighbours”? Or remember “Dirty Den” on “East Enders”? Which do you like best? My favourite was “JR Ewing” in “Dallas”, back in the black and white era. Soap villains all, and fortunately they are confined … Continue reading

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Lord Sugar v Piers Morgan

In ITV’s recent interview of Lord Sugar, Piers Morgan seemed determined to probe Lord Sugar’s emotional side. How did he fair? There’s no doubt Morgan is an effective interviewer, although for my money Lord Sugar got far more amusement for the audience … Continue reading

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How old are you?

Or maybe how old do you act? Some of the things we do without thinking are as much as 75 years old! For example, I like leaf tea in preference to tea bags. When I have time I make a … Continue reading

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