Join the revolution against the tiny task masters

It’s interesting to chart changes in expectations around the average working week. In a recent article in the New Yorker magazine, Tim Wu (Professor at Columbia Law School) was reflecting on what became of the ambition for a 30 hour working week. In the 1960’s, the prevailing wisdom was that with advances in science making…

About time

How do you see time? After getting a speedy replacement for my watch battery at the Watch Lab in Leeds, I asked the staff there to help me in some market research, and to tell me what metaphor they would each use for time. One said they saw time like an hour glass (which made…

Optimism – the key to successful ageing

I was talking to some friends of mine this week who were telling me how difficult their parents were finding in adjusting to retirement. The Rents (pa-rents) weren’t in crisis, just finding the change more challenging that they expected. The time of your life after work In the “professional” world of retirement planning and later…

Recruiting your V-team

Who would make up your ideal team? For me, this is a highly pertinent question since, as a freelancer, I don’t go into an office with a team of people every day. But that doesn’t stop me having a team. I need people around me to spark off ideas, to challenge my thinking, introduce me…

Writing a New Life Chapter

If you were to think of your life as a book, what would be the title of the last chapter? Even more interesting, what would be the title of the next chapter? In a previous post I was reflecting on five signs that one phase – or chapter – of your life might be coming…

Are you feeling dissed by your job?

I do a lot of work with people in work transitions. Some of these transitions have been accelerated by force of circumstances whilst others lead me to conversations with people just taking a moment out of their lives to take stock. But before I go any further with this I just need to say a…

Reclaiming the Invisible People

I must confess to being a fan of the TV show Person of Interest. A key idea in the storyline is how the heroes have perfected the technique of “hiding in plain sight.” A cool trick if you want to pull it off. But what if feel like you have been “hidden in plain sight.”…

Surfing the Exhaustion Funnel

Surfing the Funnel How are your energy levels today? I personally find it takes more energy to do routine activities in the current dark UK mornings and cold weather, than when it’s brighter and warmer. These are seasonal, physical factors. What we need to be more aware of, and to watch out for, are more…