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Hard day at work? Read First Light by Geoffrey Wellum

Hard day at work? Read First Light by Geoffrey Wellum

Last Wednesday, 18th July, the death was announced of Geoffrey Harris Augustus Wellum. He was 96 years old. A long life, a good innings, a man with an imperial name. Anything else of significance? Well, yes. Wellum joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in August 1939,…

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Combatting workplace loneliness with some essential humanity

Combatting workplace loneliness with some essential humanity

On 20th June, Radio 4’s Today Programme featured, in its Thought for the Day slot, a piece by the Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London. I must admit, if I’m not already in the commuter maelstrom, I tend to use TftD…

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If you want brave clients, be clear what you’re asking for

If you want brave clients, be clear what you’re asking for

In my business consultancy I spend a good deal of time interviewing the parties to client/agency relationships. In addition to the value I can add via feedback from individual conversations, it is fascinating to capture the general themes which surface from time to time or,…

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Martin Luther King – civil rights icon, champion of non-violent protest, flawed like the rest of us

Martin Luther King – civil rights icon, champion of non-violent protest, flawed like the rest of us

50 years have passed since, on 4th April 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 39 years old. There is a phrase, attributed, coincidentally, to fellow murder victim Abraham Lincoln and often recited at…

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In an age of compulsive messaging, transmission must not be mistaken for communication

In an age of compulsive messaging, transmission must not be mistaken for communication

On Thursday 15th March, at 1.30pm local time, tragedy struck Miami’s Florida International University (FIU). A pedestrian bridge over 8th Street (connecting the school’s campus to a popular neighbourhood for FIU accommodation) collapsed, killing six people who were caught beneath 950 tons of steel and…

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Take care with the fashion for short meetings

Take care with the fashion for short meetings

Most people have a view on what I have heard described as the tyranny of meetings. For some, a packed calendar provides both shape and meaning to the working day, a proof point of busyness, part of the architecture of self-esteem. For non-addicts, there are…

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