movet oculum mutare visum

…right at the beginning of this pandemic, I started banging on about the real and present need to start the recovery process and plan for the psychological aftermath.

Sisyphus & the 3 Stooges…

I can’t believe it, I’ve gone and done it, but it’s @SionCharles fault. He’s taunted me for ages to write an article on Leadership. Neither of us are fans of the ideology and have been known over the years to occasionally poke fun at some of the nonsense. I think he was after something suitable… Continue Reading →

See One, Do One, Teach One.

One of the important things to consider when being a general curmudgeonly old goat, especially on social media, is that you have to be willing to openly accept two inevitable consequences. Firstly, be ready to humbly apologise. You’ll occasionally bleat at a touch of blather that got your goat up, only to discover that the… Continue Reading →

Dai and Sid and the Compassionistas…

Right! Normal service is resumed as I charge out of my curmudgeonly corner wielding my philosophical axe. What’s for the chop this time: all the soft-arsed fluffy misappropriation of that bloody word Compassion. It’s all over the place, used as the apologists suffix of choice tagged onto ‘organisational compassion’ or ‘ecological compassion’. It’s used as… Continue Reading →

Maslow’s Island

I’m starting to publicise my personal campaign to kill that Bloody Pyramid. You know the one, it’s ubiquitous in management text books and nestled into just about every slide deck of every pedlar of coffee-shop psychobabble. I’m loathed to even show it on my own blog, but I suppose I have to, albeit with a… Continue Reading →

Fads, Acronyms & Healthcare Improvement

Complex Systems are driven by the quality of the interactions between the parts, not the quality of the parts. Working on discrete parts or processes can properly bugger up the performance at a system level. Never fiddle with a part unless it also improves the system.

Innovation, shiny toasters and the pedlars of bull!

I’m fed up of all the bull being peddled about innovation. There’s a particular type of proselytism that has emerged from the open collared, soft shoed, jacket juxtaposing, ikea-esque, media trained, expensive lack of haircut, i-everything, shiny-grinned consultancy brigade. These Innovatists pepperpot their well coiffured zoomy presentation thingy, with phrases like “socio-technical” and “prefix-leaderism” and an… Continue Reading →

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