I was interviewed by Charlie Taylor from the Irish Times about the dreaded performance review. Following the news that Accenture is dropping the process there’s […]
I’m really enjoying working my way through the archives of The Creativity Post. Dedicated to sharing information on creativity (across all platforms including arts, culture, philosophy, […]
That quote above comes from Thomas Mann and is one of the pieces of advice from Ryan Holiday in this post entitled So You Want […]
It’s always nice to get positive feedback. A bottle of champagne is terrific…perhaps a card or two? But what about when a student tells you […]
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This New York Times article from 2012 highlights the way work/life balance has been organised and, how that dividing line is shifting. It used to be […]
Newsnight editor Ian Katz outlines what he believes is wrong about the TV political interview in this Financial Times article. In summary what’s wrong is […]
Financial Times journalist Jo Ellison in an article entitled Fear and Clothing reviews two books which argue the case for why clothes and fashion matter. […]
The Internet is what you make of it, obviously. And there are aspiring writers who use digital technology to read and research and seek the […]
Apologies for the radio silence the past few months. I put blogging on hold while I completed my doctoral thesis. My PhD was awarded at the end of May after a really engaging and interesting viva voce (defense). The title of my thesis was ‘the organization of disappointment’ and my research concerned the creative potential of disappointment in organisations. So often, disappointment is lumped under the heading of ‘negative emotion'; relegated to the sidelines as unhelpful or destructive and located within ‘troublesome’ or ‘under-performing’ individuals. I suggest that this is only part of the story and disappointment can be understood as a useful and productive insight into how fantasy is sustained and managed in organisations. Re-imagining disappointment as loss (of expectations fantasy and what we thought the world ‘should’ be, allows for a more realistic view of the future: one that is different and potentially realizable. Over the coming months I will begin to post some of the findings from my research with a view to developing workshops for organisations and leaders about how this sadly neglected emotion can be uncovered for the gem it really is.