Culture Matters

I just read with interest a Harvard Business Review online discussion which challenged readers to define culture in one or two words. Clearly this was a difficult for some, but ploughing through the prose I picked out some interesting takes. ‘Habits’. ‘Internal behaviour’. ‘Traditional norms’. ‘Common practice’. ‘Cultivated behaviour’. ‘Culture’, which Raymond Williams described as […]

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Too busy driving to stop for fuel?

Regardless of the size of the organisation, constant ‘busy-ness’ is still as much of an issue now as it was in the height of the recent recession. People tell us that their work environments are such that family and personal time continue to suffer and the much sought-after work life balance remains as elusive as […]

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Creative Writing vs. Business Writing

Let me share a lesson I learned in my early management career. I was always good writing at school. This prompted me to add ‘excellent written communication skills’ to my CV. One day my manager gave me feedback that my written communication needed improvement; it was too flowery, lacked structure and needed to be more […]

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