How to lead in a Crisis

My work with the Royal Marines concludes that it’s irrational to expect people to perform effectively in a crisis if you’ve never trained them on their roles, responsibilities, and resources. Wise CSOs borrow a technique from the army and pre-emptively employ guided practice sessions to prepare their staff, superiors, and stakeholders on who does what,…

From sketchy to sketcher

Every day while reading the morning newspaper, I’m always intrigued by the daily cartoon jokes in them and wonder whether I would be able to draw any of it myself.  That is until today when I attended an event delivered by Graham Shaw at a careers event. After the two hour workshop, I was astonished…

Is diversity just a buzzword?

We all bring rich dimensions of diversity to an organisation where we work or study at, such as our backgrounds, life experiences, our individual, religious and cultural differences, the languages we speak as mother tongue, our visual identity and other aspects. It seems that in recent years diversity became a popular concept, gaining importance in…

The need for a new type of manager

According to the annual statistics of the Health and Safety Executive, 595,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2017/18. 57% of all working days lost due to ill health were due to stress, depression or anxiety. That is a staggering 15.4 million working days lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety…

Happy New Year

Of course, it is at this time that many people are re-inventing themselves.  Whether that is to further their career in 2019, to be more personally disciplined in some way, such as eating or keeping fit, or meeting some long-held social conscious ambition, such as volunteering.  The New Year is a great time for turning…

A life-affirming experience in South Africa

During the application process and first few days of the Executive MBA at Henley, the “South Africa Trip” was billed as the highlight of the programme by alumni and faculty alike. I was eager to find out why. Our NGO Our group of 6 was paired with an NGO working to treat, heal and educate…

Should robots have the same rights as your child?

Did you know that a third (35%) of UK workers are excited about the prospect of their own personal AI assistant? Having an AI assistant could increase human work productivity and give workers back 12 working days a year by taking on admin tasks, Henley’s research suggests. As we can probably all agree – these…

What’s Going On in Reading This Christmas

Christmas is the most exciting time of the year and the busiest! With deadlines over and done with you can be free to celebrate the season and get into the Christmas spirit. If you do find yourself with a spare moment in between preparing for the festivities, there’s more than enough going on in Reading…

My Brand Winners and Losers of 2018

Below I have conducted a list detailed the brands I feel have proved to be the best and worst of 2018.   The Best: Marks and Spencer Despite their delicious food, Marks and Spencer have made my list of the top brands of 2018 due to the fact that they have continued to upkeep their…

The entrepreneur’s business case: astronomy and rhetoric

In the quad of the Bodleian library in Oxford is a series of old lecture rooms, each door labelled above with the name of the subjects taught there.  Titles such as Moral Philosophy and Divinity are unsurprising, but not so the juxtaposition of Astronomy and Rhetoric.  What have they to do with each other or…