Articles.

You have to be tough to teach today.

Recent debate on stress has focused on its impact on teachers.   Example: an experienced, dedicated teacher was banned from teaching for life after beating a 14 year old with a dumb-bell, after being repeatedly taunted and goaded by the class.  At his court hearing, he said that “lots of teachers are ticking time bombs” (Guardian, July 2011).

Stress is important but it is possible to place two individuals in the same working environment and find one succumbs to the pressure of stress and another thrives.

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Heart.

Penny Hunt, July 2011

Years ago, before GPS but just after sealing wax, a friend was on hols with her family. The independently ambitious marching around a European capital wasn’t turning out so well. The map had pictures rather than streets, the instructions were ambiguous, and grumpy tiredness had set in. Where was this pesky  17th century Princess’ palace muttered the super intelligent  (and self confessed over achiever)  parents?

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How are they really doing?

Penny Hunt,  July 2011

I’ve got a sneaky feeling that we might be living in the Emerald City.

The green glasses slipped a couple of times last week and I’m sure I glimpsed the wizards of business.

They were really, really, really small.

It started with coffee.

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The Story of the Branding Process from My Perspective.

Introduction

This is a story of my experience working on, with and alongside a lot of brands and describes my learning about the process of branding. Learning to create a brand is more like learning to ride a bicycle on ice than build something in Lego. Things don’t always work out as you planned.

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Art Seen from Outside the Cultural Goldfish Bowl.

My talk is entitled “a view of the Arts, seen from outside the Cultural Goldfish Bowl”. So an obvious first question is – what is Art?

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Leadership, Schmeadership.

Preston Bottger is Professor of Leadership and General Management at IMD. For 25 years he has combined teaching, research and consulting in leadership development and strategy execution. Before joining IMD, Preston Bottger was Professor of the Practice of Management at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke.  His recent book (editor) is “Leading in the Top Team”, Cambridge University Press, 2008. His current research interests are focused on “how individuals develop various capacities for leadership in the context of their organization’s strategy”.

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Ahead of The Games.

A conversation between Richard and Daryll Scott (italics) following a conference of Olympiads talking about the Olympics.

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HSBC.

Mike Geoghagan – Outgoing CEO of HSBC at the RSA – A View of the Man, The Bank and his Story.

This man’s been in the news recently. Was he pushed or “ousted” (great word)? Was there a row? Has the HSBC Board lost it? After all two new chiefs come in as Mike, CEO, and Chairman Stephen Green both go to be replace by new Chairman, (who reported to Mike), CFO Doug Flint and new CEO, Head of Investment Banking at HSBC, Stephen Gulliver.

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The First 90 Days in a New Job.

The 90-day Window.

That’s about how long you have to prove yourself in a new job – here’s how to impress and achieve results.

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Give me theatre darling.

I saw Kevin Spacey talk on the importance of the Arts at the Great Methodist Hall, Westminster to a packed, adoring audience. This was the week before the Chancellor’s announcement on the cuts of 29% with which Arts Secretary Jeremy Hunt seemed, bizarrely, rather pleased.

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