Please don’t put me in a box

Millennials, Baby boomers, Generation X, Generation Z, Sloane Rangers, Yuppies, like it or not and… I do not, we have a need to put people in to boxes. I have had a varied career, including time in the Police and the Military, but I do not talk about myself as being, ‘ex-military’ or ‘ex-police’. Except for the odd blog here and there, I hardly ever mention it. Most of the people in my social and work circle, have no idea about my past, and any police or military history is more likely to be brought up in a conversation by [...]


The meaning of urgent

Anyone who’s had the fortune (or misfortune, depending how you look at it) of working with me knows that I cannot stand the use of the acronym ASAP (as soon as possible). I hate it because it leaves the recipient to decide when a task should be delivered.  “I could possibly deliver it after I have completed all my other tasks, not sure exactly when that will be”.  Whereas the word ‘Urgent’ has a definition all of its own. Urgent, according to the Shorter Oxford Dictionary, is an old French word coming from the latin ‘urgere’, meaning ‘demanding or requiring [...]


Captain of a ship

When asked what they want to be when they grow up, many boys reply “a policeman” or “fireman”. Cleaning up the attic the other day, reminded me that I always wanted to be the “captain of a ship” (hence me finding a box full of my attempts to draw large ships). Apart from going on a cruise, my encounters with ships have been extremely limited since my childhood days and my career did not follow the path the 5-year-old in me expected. But then again, did it ever follow any obvious flow? I graduated as a telecom engineer and after [...]


You can’t find motivated people anymore

I had supper last week with someone who tried to have me agree with him that you can’t find motivated people anymore.  Perhaps I was a little hard in my response. It isn’t hard to find motivated people –  it’s impossible. I'll tell you why. Humans are not naturally motivated.  Someone who is motivated for no reason has most likely been incorrectly diagnosed as motivated instead of ‘happy’. And why am I saying this?  Because, although some people are easier motivated than others, we need an idea or reason or  vision to become motivated. On the most basic level, we have [...]


The confidence of youth – embrace it!

I would like to share with you two stories about why I like having young people around me. My first story takes place back in the summer of 1977. I am 20 years old and it’s my first day working for a large recruitment company in London.  I am sitting near the back of a room crammed full of metal chairs, there must twenty wide and at least thirty deep.  On every one of them sits a newbie like me.  We are paying extremely close attention to the lady on the podium. She is large, large in every respect; she is intimidating, purposeful, [...]