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A ship at sea relies upon 3 things: propulsion, steering and navigation. Without any one of these it will never reach its destination, cannot avoid immediate obstacles or can only go where the currents dictate, and eventually run aground. These three components are also vital to any individual’s career.  Propulsion, or power.  Even the very...
You may have noticed the shitstorm of controversy sparked yesterday by an online article in the Daily Mail, entitled “Why women hate me for being beautiful”.  Samantha Brick, for it is she, contended that ordinary and ugly looking women discriminate against her because of her looks.  A separate article in The Economist last week, takes...
OK, so it seems like the English FA are embarking upon an extensive and far-reaching search for a successor to Fabio Capello (hat in Italian), before offering the job to Harry Rednapp.  Almost everyone agrees that the outcome is a foregone conclusion, so why bother going to extraordinary lengths, and expense, to arrive at the...
What a huge pile of stinking, sloppy steaming turds we are being served, on the subject of employee contracts at the moment!  It’s been common, in recent times, to hear people bemoan the lack of spelling, grammar, and correct use of English in public discourse.  We laugh, when we receive a badly written CV.  We...
If unemployment rates are at a 17 year high, and youth unemployment (16-24 year olds) especially has risen to 991,000 or 21.3%, then how can it be that businesses are struggling to find talent?  Perhaps businesses are being too fussy, or maybe even a higher proportion of the young demographic are unemployable.  Surely not, you...
As is traditional at this time of year, many commentators are decrying the improved exam results achieved by our nation’s children, and accusing the exam bodies of “dumbing down”.  Can this really be true?  Are they coddling teenagers ever more each year, so that the poor dears don’t feel bad about themselves?  Maybe they are...
This phrase is famously quoted in the seminal (in my opinion) movie, Wayne’s World, and attributed to either “Kierkegaard or Dick Van Patten”.  It’s not always easy to control how we are defined by others, but we all make attempts to do so.  Often random events or idiosyncrasies become how other people relate to you,...
I’ve changed my mind about something this week.  The germ of an idea had been growing in my mind about religion and recruitment.  In many countries there are constitutional laws enacted to keep religion and state separate, for many reasons, but largely to ensure that the governance of a country is neither swayed, nor (more...
This is not always a bad thing, and is implicit in the employment deal struck between many individuals and their employers.  Many, but not all, jobs are very dependent upon your ability to interact with other people outwith your own company; clients, suppliers, candidates, government bodies etc etc. Before the advent of social media, companies...
I wouldn’t really class myself as a brave person, or a risk taker. What I am though is headstrong, obdurate, stubborn, and compulsive.  I usually like to call it decisive. This normally manifests itself in committing to a course of action, rather than regret making no decision at all for years to come.  I know...
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