Sorry but I won’t work with you

We all talk about values in our organisation, but how often do we use them to turn work away? I was writing up a business plan for a start-up and following conventional advice, I was defining who the target audience was. I was nailing down a good description when it hit me. For an authenticallyContinue reading “Sorry but I won’t work with you”

Why “The Optimistic Cynic” ?

Optimistic by nature, cynical by experience. People often ask me why I use the name “The Optimistic Cynic”. The simple answer is ‘the name picked me’ but here is what it really means for me: I’m a passionate believer that people basically want to do good. It’s not always easy but with the right support,Continue reading “Why “The Optimistic Cynic” ?”

No going back

“There’s no going back to the old normal. Innovation, agility, resilience, and a lot of hard work will be required to build our new economy on a more sustainable basis post-Covid19. The people with experience doing this are entrepreneurs, and it’s never been more important to encourage and support entrepreneurial activity.” Join us in helpingContinue reading “No going back”


I recently saw an article about New Year work resolutions and one section of this was about finding a new career. Amongst the advice was a suggestion that you should develop career goals and formulate an action plan. The authors then included the SMARTER system as something that could help with creating objectives. Specific           BeContinue reading “Smarter?”

It’s up to you

If we want the world to be a better place, we need YOU to stand up: Never forget your why, Talk with passion and inspire others, Be brave enough to take risks, Stand up for what you believe in, Your actions should prove your words, Let your values guide all you do, Celebrate your successes!Continue reading “It’s up to you”