Aspire for Wisdom

For many of us, the craving and pursuit of knowledge is insatiable, we can’t seem to get enough. It is perhaps one reason we attend this site. More data, more data, more data, in a never ending absorption to know more… be smarter… expand our on board database. But what do we do with all this knowledge? I’ve often, like you I am sure, been called smart throughout my life. A very satisfying positive feedback, but is it substantive? It has been and continues to be one of the benchmarks of our society. Let’s face it; smart people garner a degree of immediate respect. SomewhereRead More →

Peter Principle at work - Monkey business leader

The Peter Principle; we’ve all experienced this phenomenon and its associated agony and frustration, be it from our superiors, colleagues or dare I say recognise it in ourselves. <The latter takes some true introspection and honesty.> A hierarchal concept first espoused by Prof. Laurence J Peter in his same named book in 1968, the nut shell brief is; “In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence … in time every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties … Work (actual productive work) is accomplished by those employees who have not yetRead More →

Quiver of arrows - skills

This metaphor is a favourite of mine and I have used it many times in many situations to initiate a dialogue regarding skills level. It mostly results in the same initial mystified look from the receiver(s); perhaps you’re expressing a similar reaction right now. Inevitably however, the look changes as the understanding of the imagery becomes clear. How many skills have you mastered that you can call on at any time, any place and in any situation with confidence and wield them successfully? In our professional and personal lives we are surrounded and inundated with self-help and improvement information, advice and opportunity, likely more thanRead More →