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It’s World Alzhiemer’s Day today. Some of us know, or knew, a friend or relative who has or had dementia and this poem by Owen Darnell resonates so perfectly…     Do Not Ask Me to Remember Do not ask me to remember, Don’t try to make me understand, Let me rest and know you’re […]

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Ultimate multi-tasking

The East Anglian Daily Times ran my article on what some of us do when the going gets tough. I’ve reproduced it here for you: As single mum of three teenage kids, one at Uni, two about to go, and still paying off a huge mortgage, job insecurity was the last thing I needed. Then […]

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Sticks and stones

Whoever said “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me” didn’t really understand how the world works. I’ll never condone violence, but today, thanks to the ease with which anyone can post an unkind remark or wage an unrelenting bullying campaign, thousands of people can behave in the most appallingly violent way. […]

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The culture of a company: it can make or break you

The news of Rod McKenzie’s departure from the BBC isn’t so much a surprise as a shock. The shock is that action was finally taken. That so many people felt under such threat for so long, complained and absolutely nothing was done about it, speaks volumes about the culture still well-entrenched at this bastion of […]

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Minds are like parachutes – they only function when open

As we’re entering the season of good will everyone is swiftly becoming overtaken by Christmas ads, Christmas card lists, presents lists, shopping lists, and just more lists really.  And, if you’ve got children, the race to reach the bottom of those lists becomes that little bit more frenzied. The next three weeks will be full […]

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Why the UK should take tips from the German car industry

The UK car industry was once one of Germany’s biggest competitors; now it has become one of its biggest assets, says author Dominic Sandbrook. How did Germany accelerate away? Forty years ago, Germany’s biggest carmakers were putting the finishing touches to a product that would change their image forever. The Volkswagen Golf is one of […]

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The successful art of networking: it’s all in the feet

Years ago, when I was working at an advertising agency in London, I was asked to help someone out.  He was down on his luck and my husband thought, as we worked in the same industry, I could help.  (I should mention that my husband was a Freemason and helping other Freemasons who were down […]

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It’s been a disaster darling!

To directly quote Craig Revel Horwood, not having a ‘to do’ list “has been a disaster darling.” I’ve been a little out of step all month and feeling bad about it too.  I’m really sad that I couldn’t make it work, but  I have discovered that my ‘to do’ is invaluable, but it’s just too […]

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To do, or not to do a list, that is the question

You know how some of us work best under pressure but always think “If only I had more time”? But even if we had more time would we really be any better at hitting those deadlines in a calm and orderly manner? After all, the majority of must-not-miss key dates, like tax returns, Christmas presents, […]

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Crisis, what crisis?

If you fail to plan… Bad things do happen to good people and no two crises are ever the same.  They may be down to human error or totally outside your control; they may only have minor consequences or a devastating effect on your business. But all news travels fast, bad news even faster. I […]

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