Dear Young

I am delighted and intrigued to receive an email from someone called Sopheak Chann. Inexplicably it went straight to my junk folder. It reads: Dear Young, It is in my interest to contact you in respect of a client who shares the same last name as yours. I shall explain in details when I read your reply. You are my first contact, I shall wait for days and if I do not hear from you. I shall continue with my search,Thanks Mr.Chann It is so good it is hard not... Read The Rest →

The morale high ground

The multi-talented Brad Bird demonstrating one example of motivation

  I am indebted to Tina Seelig for not only her excellent book inGenius: a crash course on creativity, but also for leading me to this quote from Brad Bird, who directed The Incredibles and Ratatouille. “The most significant impact on a movie’s budget – but never in the budget – is employee morale. If you have low morale, for every dollar you spend, you get about 25 cents in value. If you have high morale, for every dollar you spend you get about three dollars of value. Companies should... Read The Rest →

NSA Way

Seal of disapproval

What troubles me most about the revelations in today’s Guardian about PRISM – the NSA attempt to collect a plethora of data from users of Google, Facebook, Apple et al – is not the fact that Big Brother is watching but, rather, just how bad Big Brother is at Powerpoint design. Personally I don’t believe there is ever really an excuse for powerpoint but clearly the US Government does – perhaps just as much it believes it is beneficial to seek out information from its population.        ... Read The Rest →

Leading questions

A cure for hiccups?

As any sort of a leader, I clearly cast no shadow. This becomes obvious when, at 10pm one weekday night, my eldest son, Fergus, disrupts the peaceful calm of the kitchen by barging through the door, swiftly followed by his five-year-old brother, Conrad. “Hiccups,” Fergus announces as this might explain anything. He pushes past me, gets a teaspoon from the cutlery drawer and then heads for the cupboard where he retrieves a jar of peanut butter. “Whoa! What’s going on?” I ask. “It’s the best cure for hiccups – a... Read The Rest →

Diary of a Misfit 3: The Hire

Call me, Baby, wherever you are...

I feel like a teenager again. Not because I’m filled with youthful exuberance, but because I’m waiting for the phone to ring – and it doesn’t. I am transported back more than three decades.   I am sitting at the kitchen table pretending to busy myself with homework but unable to concentrate because I am willing Liz Irvine to call to say she can’t live without me (at least during school and Saturday afternoons in town).   And now, just like then, I find myself picking up the receiver just... Read The Rest →

Diary of a Misfit 2: Becoming a Wildcard

Prius - ahead of the curve

On my own personal change curve, I appear to have progressed from misunderstood misfit to shortlist wildcard in just under a month. Result, right? So, I am in my second month of job hunting and the transformation has come about largely as a result of a new and improved CV, thanks to a panel of colleagues.   The document has, in fact, become a sort of embodiment of an Agile environment in that it is in its tenth iteration and counting. The good news is that my CV now better... Read The Rest →

Diary of a Misfit 1: Maverick for Hire

If you want to get ahead...go to Lock and Co.

I am a misfit, a freak of nature, the result of a three-year HR experiment gone badly wrong.   Either that or I am the future, a ground-breaking trailblazer to lead HR into a new era. I’m not sure which – and this is why I need your help. You see, after more than a decade as a commercial creative director for a leading UK publisher (and, yes, I wore a trilby and supported a drinks cabinet long before Don Draper came to the screen), one day –almost by accident... Read The Rest →

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