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4th September 2019 - - 0 comments
September is the time for resolutions

Even if you don’t have children at school, it’s impossible to escape the New Term feeling around us in early September.  The shops, newspapers and TV schedules all tell us that summer is over, as do the longer and colder nights.  Unlike New Year, we are feeling relaxed and refreshed at the end of summer, rather than bloated and hungover as we often do in early January.  It seems like a good time to review our lives and think about what we are going to do next.

7th August 2019 - - 0 comments
What would your friends say about you (and have you asked)?

It’s hard to know how other people see us and however they do, it’s even harder to try to be someone you are not.  Most of us have probably reached a stage in life where we no longer try to fit in with other people’s ideas of what makes a useful or interesting person.  That said, we almost certainly have characteristics which our friends readily identify and to which we are oblivious, or, at best, indifferent.  Yet these characteristics are often the ones we should be using, developing or taking into new fields. 

25th July 2019 - - 0 comments
What will the summer do for you?

As I write, those of my children still at school have just broken up for the holidays and sun-filled weeks of carefree joy stretch ahead of them until September, after which they will go up a year and embark of the next stage of their educations refreshed and ready for the challenges ahead.  Well, that’s the theory anyway.  The reality of course will be squabbles, boredom, rainy days, lack of parental engagement, long car trips to disappointing places and, if we manage to fit it in, a trip to stay somewhere else where all these things will be intensified.

18th July 2019 - - 0 comments
Who’s taking care of your professional development?

Being the boss, being self-employed, having a portfolio career, volunteering – these are all things I see Pluralists doing but all are environments where it can be hard to assess the gaps in your career development or to access the training you need.

11th July 2019 - - 0 comments
You don't always need to make a profit

‘Social responsibility’.  It makes your heart sink a bit doesn’t it?  Not the actual achievement but the knowledge that companies have to think of something to put on their website and into their constitution so it just becomes a box ticking exercise and nothing really changes.  The main problem with social responsibility is that many of the things we need to

19th June 2019 - - 0 comments
Reinvention can happen at any age -  in any direction

Do you sometimes wish you’d had a different career? Perhaps you harbour a secret ambition to write romantic novels or whittle spoons?  Or you trained in law but regret not choosing physics?  It may be that the career you always wanted turned out to be not so great or that it has simply run its course.  Working from our early twenties until whenever we retire is a long haul and it’s hardly surprising that we can get a bit bored and dream of better things.

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