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Interviewing with Impact

Posted By on October 23, 2010

Getting ready for an important interview and wondering what you can do to put your best foot forward, rather than put your foot in your mouth? Read on for some practical pointers on how to sail through your next interview. (more…)

Support – who needs it?

Posted By on March 9, 2010

As I was approaching the finish line of a 50-mile cycle ride for one of my favourite charities yesterday, I spared a few moments to pause and reflect on the kind of support that had made it all possible.  (more…)

Charisma – can it be learned?

Posted By on July 16, 2009

If asked what makes a popular leader, people often put charisma at the top of their list. But can charisma be dangerous? According to Ronald Heifetz,  US leadership guru and Harvard’s lecturer at the Center for Public Leadership, yes it can. (more…)

Blown away by your work?

Posted By on July 9, 2009

If your parachute has got its ropes twisted or it’s just not the right colour anymore then you may be thinking of letting it go. The 2009 edition of  ‘What colour is your parachute’, the gold standard of career guides, (more…)

Curiosity – curse or blessing?

Posted By on July 2, 2009

Last time I looked, every coin had two sides (though the news hounds among you will be chomping at the bit to remind us about the same-sided 20 pence coin that’s still in circulation and may be worth 50 quid). Lest I digress, the point of this blog post is to debate the issue of whether curiosity is a curse or a blessing.

I for one am not of a religious disposition and am no great fan of curses and blessings, or sacraments and sins for that matter. However, for my sins, my curious nature has got me into some, shall we say, interesting situations along the way. You could argue that curiosity holds people back from exploring and realising their ‘true potential’ – whatever that may mean. From personal, painful experience, I know that being curious can be self-limiting. Asking question after question without arriving at any useful conclusion can leave you in limbo-land. What to read? Where to eat? How to act? What not to wear? Why? Why? Why? The ‘reflective practitioner’ can drown in her own cognitive sludge.

Take for example some of the people I work with – medical practitioners. They perform God-like acts on a daily basis, usually running against the clock – not just the one on the wall, but the old ticker too. If they were to pause for thought throughout the day, languish reflectively over a long lunch, or take time out simply to engage in thinking, what would happen to the patient in A&E waiting for a life-saving operation? Isn’t it obvious that having a curious mind is contra-indicated in leading a professional life, especially when someone else’s life is in your hands?

I don’t believe it’s when, why or to what extent one reflects that impacts on our work and the difference we make in the world. To me, it’s what we do with the answers we arrive at. Know-it-alls are dangerous creatures indeed. If you already know all that there is to know and never fathom what lies beyond the cache of knowledge you hold, how can you progress, learn, develop or deepen your understanding?

More than anything, though, I believe with all my heart that a reflective, inquisitive, iterative, questioning, searching nature is a true blessing. It not only fires your imagination, quickens the pulse, gives you tunnel vision powers. Curiosity is like life’s concierge – it opens doors to whole corridors of unexplored territory. It chaperones you to places you would never dare venture on your own, well beyond the boundaries of your personal comfort zone.

That brings me to a question, of course! What will you stop to think about now? What will you question next? I’m curious to find out. And I’m already wondering, as I sign off, how many different sides to this argument there will be.

And back to the non-news hounds…here’s the article about that 20 pence coin you may be curious to read about: www.guardian.co.uk/money/2009/jun/29/collectors-seek-20p-coins).

Curious spectacles

Posted By on June 24, 2009

A curious thing happened to me sitting on the train the other day (it tends to do that, being a curious type of person, wondering about the world we live in). I was thinking about what to write in my new blog, which is about how to be curious, in case you were wondering. I was supposed to be concentrating on the book I was reading, but my mind was wandering, as it does, daydreaming and lost in deep thought. And as I brought my focus back to my book, I found these words staring up at me from the page: (more…)