Will anyone actually die?

I just came across another fabulous quote from Peter Drucker. “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” Sometimes instead of asking how we can do something better, maybe we should be asking ourselves what would happen if we didn’t do it at all. We should beContinue reading “Will anyone actually die?”

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”

Maybe we need a physicist to solve our social issues…

“If you have one hour to save the world, how would you spend that hour?” He replied, “I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and then five minutes solving it.” This quote has been attributed to Einstein and, assuming it was him who said it, he makes a very valid point – one we should beContinue reading “Maybe we need a physicist to solve our social issues…”

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” ?”

and now for something different…

Bustle’s view on a cynical optimist… You’re that person who has genuine faith in humanity, but also wants to cut the next jerk who jumps in front of you at a subway turnstile. You want to bake humanity a cake full of rainbows and butterflies, and occasionally you want to take that same cake andContinue reading “and now for something different…”


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”