Creating (or killing) positivity 

On Wednesday the train I normally jump on for my commute home was delayed. Or to put it more accurately, all trains going in the direction I wanted to go were cancelled due to a major signal failure. Although I’m reassured that this is not a regular occurrence, it’s the second time in the three weeks I’ve been commuting that it’s happened to me. People get a real bee in their bonnet about the failings of the transport network (roadworks, traffic jams), but public transport in particular is the victim of much anger venting. If it is late, we are late; for work, for home, and for connecting services. It eats into our time. It creates wasted time. Some people find this very annoying.  Continue reading “Creating (or killing) positivity “

Creative Conformity

I’m one week in to my new role and my transformation from HR practitioner to HR Lecturer. Within my first few days the stand out difference between practice and academia was revealed to me. This is the freedom to have, and explore, your own opinions.  Continue reading “Creative Conformity”

Do women or men make better leaders?

A couple of years ago “scientific proof” that male and female brains operate differently was announced. This was quickly followed by general uproar and the accusation that science was “validating sexism”. More recently the original study has been supplemented by more in depth research, which confirmed that the brains of the different sexes are in fact different. However, those differences are very small Continue reading “Do women or men make better leaders?”

Mind Games


My interest in how the mind works has it’s unfortunate roots in the fact that my mother was struck with incurable brain cancer. Her rapid deterioration into a childlike state would have been fascinating had it not been devastating. This in itself underlined the extreme delicacy of our internal systems which may, unbeknown to us, be working to destroy us at this very moment. Alongside this, the pervading reality that the mind is everything. It is our only reality. The brain is responsible for memories, imagination, thinking. When it’s functioning well we experience the World as we were meant to. If this vital organ is damaged or impaired it is often very confusing and sometimes even frightening. Continue reading “Mind Games”

Situation Vacant: Employee Brain Power


As a teenager, I had the lucky experience of spending the whole six weeks of the summer holidays travelling with a German exchange student. I went to some fantastic places. I jumped off a waterfall. I learned to play cards. I’m not sure I learned much German. Yet there is one memory from that trip I’ve thought about much more than any other over Continue reading “Situation Vacant: Employee Brain Power”

Geek Chic


I have one of those faces. Over the years I’ve been told by numerous people I remind them of their friend or neighbour. I’ve been confused as being related to people I’m not. I’ve known those who can’t tell me apart from someone else they know, and others who swear they’ve spotted my doppelgänger. Continue reading “Geek Chic”