Category Archives: Work

Re-wiring

Talking to a nice person at work this week, as we descended several flights of stairs; she said: "Yes John, but you're about the most positive person I've ever met." I nearly tripped and fell down the remaining stairs… As … Continue reading

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Bees 

In a meeting this week I asked how people felt about ‘whacking the beehive again’.  We are trying a new ‘change management’ approach (as opposed the University standard of ‘resistance management’) on a major move; part of which involves regularly … Continue reading

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Cetaceans

Famously clever like us, Cetaceans are the smart cookies of the ocean – and they’ve been in my thoughts at work this week. The question being which one to be… The Sperm Whale? Wikipedia tells us the Sperm whale “has … Continue reading

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Everybody’s talkin’ at me…

I sat through nearly two days of interviews this week. And, as so often, was amazed by how much people like to talk – and what they shared!  Surely the most valuable thing to learn in life (and certainly in … Continue reading

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Smile, surf, sleep

Smile Talking to my daughter about her friendship angst this morning, I advocated she try a welcoming smile.  I told her about the nice lady at work who told me about the cold snap in Romania and how it’s threatening … Continue reading

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This rather wonderful documentary was recommended to me nearly four years ago, when I visited Japan.  With the hustle and bustle of family and working life I’d forgotten it; but thanks to the digital traces we leave everywhere, I re-found … Continue reading

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Knots, Seeds and Red Lights

I’ve just finished Thich Nhat Hanh’s ‘Peace is Every Step’.  It’s never a bad idea to have a Buddhist book on the go in the pile by the bedside. The basic precepts of living in the moment, breathing and mindfulness … Continue reading

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Scienceing the sh1t out of it

I met some old professional friends for an annual reunion yesterday; and was pressed (as we all were) to recount my year. This made me think.  First what did I want to say, why and to what purpose? Second, write … Continue reading

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Little Black Book

Among the numerous insights in Chris Croft’s excellent Happiness canon is this one – write everything down… In my constant reinventions, modernisations and innovations I’d stopped doing this; at least with pen and paper. I gave up my A4 pad at … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas

I’ve had a Happy Christmas and a joyful start to 2017; not thanks to Santa, but a dead sensible British bloke who has written a book I’d recommend to anyone. ‘The Big Book of Happiness 87 Practical Ideas’ is a no-nonsense … Continue reading

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