Category Archives: organisations

the performance of our lives

Always interested in how we construct and perform a ‘professional self’, this advertisement for staff in a soon-to open burger restaurant in town caught my eye: Its X-factor style pitch implies a requirement to act, dress, and indeed rock, as … Continue reading

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argumentation from nowhere

The long and fractious election campaign currently coming to a close in the UK seems to have been characterised by an exceptionally poor quality of discussion and debate. Leading politicians, press and broadcast media have all indulged in the usual … Continue reading

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mix or match?

Last week I was sent a link to a suggestion that seems so simple and obvious that I can’t quite imagine why I haven’t thought about it in this shape before. It comes from a short article in the Spectator … Continue reading

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authenticity revisited

Herminia Ibarra has recently published some interesting pieces on professional identity in the Harvard Business Review. Citing authenticity as the the prevailing “gold standard for leadership” she takes a more constructivist approach, pointing to ways in which an adherence to … Continue reading

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thinking allowed

  A recent RSA publication featured an interview with Theodore Zeldin, exploring the future of work. It is a short conversation covering a range of interesting topics and Zeldin’s gift, as always, is finding simple illustrations and examples to help … Continue reading

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reframing mistakes

The long summer days are here, and so I’m signposting a longer-than-usual read. This essay by Ian Leslie in the New Statesman tells the story of an airline pilot who is using his knowledge and understanding of accident analysis in … Continue reading

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speed ninjas v turtle walkers

An interesting item appeared on the LSE impact blog from Filip Vostal titled ‘In Search of Scholarly Time’. He argues for an alternative to both speed-driven time-management on the one hand and the “regressive ethic of slow scholarship” on the … Continue reading

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