Taken care of

One of the most helpful things I find with colleagues, is when I know they’ll just take care of something. Aligning expectations and setting up feedback loops helps, of course, but some people more readily demonstrate ownership of their work. Given a little direction they go a long way, checking in only for course correction and without a blow-by-blow account of the obstacles. They roam … Continue reading Taken care of

Breadth and depth

While I’ve been interviewing candidates recently, I’ve often described the ‘t-shaped individual’ that we like to hire. We find that specialist knowledge has limited application without the collaborative and inter-disciplinary skills to build effective teams. The candidates with breadth have often consciously pushed at the edges of their roles. They’ve embraced opportunity outside of their core skill set, and often wrestled a steep learning curve … Continue reading Breadth and depth

What you’re paying for

The same box of cereal can be bought in two stores near me for surprisingly different prices. But you’re not really paying for just the cereal. You might be supporting an employer to pay the living wage at the more expensive store. Choosing a firm that values people’s rights and collaboration, over presenteeism and automation. Aiding investment and innovation, instead of cashing in and copying … Continue reading What you’re paying for

Detecting progress

My beloved and I are re-watching Columbo episodes from 1971 and really enjoying watching each protagonist collapse under the weight of ‘just one more thing’. The portrayal of many female characters hasn’t gone unnoticed though. We talked about how some old TV series are full of behaviour that’s unthinkable now, but neither of us really picked up back then. While there’s so much still to … Continue reading Detecting progress

Numbers and narratives

A colleague told me today that they’ve heard more people have now been vaccinated against Covid than have been infected by it. They didn’t know the numbers, but felt very reassured by this, after struggling with anxiety over the course of the pandemic. They did say that the absolute level of risk hadn’t changed and recognised the numbers of infections were still going up, but … Continue reading Numbers and narratives