November 2012

Why Visions Don’t Set the World on Fire

Joan of Arc Image

I really don’t like visions. Not the Joan of Arc types, you understand. No, I’m talking about company visions. Management Gurus have been peddling them for years and made a heap of money getting companies to think them up.

But I’m not so sure.

Many years ago when I was first a trainer at Avis, one of my tasks was to teach the newly inducted employees the vision statement for the company. Every month, as the Induction course came around, I had to look up the vision statement and remind myself of what it was.

What Doctor Who Taught Me about Failure

I’m not a fan of Doctor Who but Laura, my 21 year-old daughter, is and that’s why I found myself traipsing around after her today at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff.

Why This Austrian Continues to Inspire Me

Viktor Frankl Photo

Last week I cried.

I was visiting the Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum and was struck mute by the unfettered brutality visited upon an entire people.

I wasn’t viewing statistics I didn’t already know. These weren’t events I was unfamiliar with. This mechanisation of human slaughter was something I’d read of in my early teens.

Level Playing Fields and Hymn Sheets

Golden Bull Award Image

This week I received an email containing one of the most pretentious opening sentences I’ve ever seen.

My wife and I wanted a weekend away in London, so I emailed a well-known hotel group to enquire about booking a room. The emailed reply – from someone I’d never been in contact with before – read: ‘Dear Mr Heath, thank you for reaching out to me…’