“The greatest thing about retirement is I no longer have stomach-sinking Sunday nights.”

I’ve just read this quote from someone on Twitter. It made me feel really sad. What a shame to go through an entire career feeling that way. Now I know I don’t know the context, maybe this person was just unhappy for the last part of their career, who knows? However, if you are experiencing the same feeling at the end of the weekend, do you really want to carry that right through to your retirement day? What if you could do something about it?  What if you could do anything you wanted? Many people explore that question briefly, and … Continue reading “The greatest thing about retirement is I no longer have stomach-sinking Sunday nights.”

Bees Have Smelly Feet!

Bees Have Smelly Feet! It’s true they do. The reason for this is that they leave a scent on the flower they have just emptied of pollen and nectar which means another bee doesn’t have to waste time landing on the same flower, the bee knows it is already empty.  How very efficient! What could managers learn from bees? Here are a couple of things to stimulate your thinking.   Clear roles and responsibilities Every bee has its job to do. The key roles are: Egg producer.  Delivers up to 2,500 a day in peak season. They do the mating stuff (then … Continue reading Bees Have Smelly Feet!

‘Fire and Fury’ and what we can learn from Donald Trump about teamwork.

I happened to be in New York on the day when, for Americans, the world changed dramatically. Donald Trump was unexpectedly President of the United States. The morning of 9 November 2016 was akin to being in the vortex of a storm. As New Yorkers made their way through the rain to work, there was an eerie silence. Hushed conversations were taking place on the corners of the blocks. People wearing Pence badges had no air of jubilance, they just kept their eyes down. Even the traffic seemed quieter. As a result, I have developed a fascination with the Trump story, and … Continue reading ‘Fire and Fury’ and what we can learn from Donald Trump about teamwork.

What my secret life taught me about my job

I operate in a parallel Universe. By day I am a trainer and by night I sing in a band at pubs and clubs. The two worlds earn money and I’ve always thought of them as entirely separate. However, there is a huge amount of crossover. What I have learned in the band has helped me to become a more confident trainer. I’ve added some thoughts for managers and leaders, but you may well have your own reflections. A band needs a setlist. They will have a set list prepared and spend time thinking about the pace and energy of … Continue reading What my secret life taught me about my job

Generation X: We ain’t dead yet!

veteran ˈvɛt(ə)r(ə)n/ Early 16th century: from French vétéran or Latin veteranus, from vetus ‘old’. This word was used to describe ‘older workers’ recently. It was intended to reflect depth of experience, but my interpretation of the word evoked an entirely different reaction. ‘Older Workers’ is the classification used for people between the ages of 50-64.  (DWP Older Workers and the Workplace Feb 2017).   We make up a third of the workforce. We don’t like being called old, and we certainly don’t like being told we’re too old to work. It stereotypes us and creates the conditions for unconscious bias to … Continue reading Generation X: We ain’t dead yet!

Taking the fear factor out of a big decision

A few years ago, I co-authored a journal article which started with the title ‘Stepping into the Unknown’.  It was a heavy academic piece, which sat well with the career I was pursuing back then. Fast forward six years and I could never have imagined how different my life would be.  I no longer reside in that professional space, I am no longer bound by the constraints of academic writing, or organisational life.  Instead of writing about stepping into the unknown, I actually took my own giant leap and became self-employed. Making the leap was actually the easy bit.  It … Continue reading Taking the fear factor out of a big decision