The Daily Paradox

The Political Ocean 

If you stop by Loch Ness, Scotland, at dawn or dusk on a quiet early summer day you will find one or two couples scanning the water with their binoculars, searching for a monster. Fortified by a strong single-malt Scotch they will search endlessly for a ripple that might signify movement below, or for a…
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She/He is somewhat President of all of us

The President of the United States is somewhat President of all of us. We can’t vote for him or her because we are not US citizens. But glancing round the world we see who acts as world policeman. And I, for one, am grateful that a generally responsible country is willing to take a major…
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The tough problems

What’s the hardest thing you need to do and are reluctant to start right now? There certainly is one, even if you think there isn’t. It may be something quite small that needs your attention quickly but you just don’t want to deal with it. It may be a big issue like support for you…
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Tidy up

Mostly we dislike tidying up. It often signifies the end of things – a childhood, a romance, a time at university, a job, a period of being parents, a career and, at the end, a life. Saying goodbye to any part of our existence is difficult, disturbing and somehow final, even when we know or…
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Happy birthday, Jane

Today is the 90th birthday of my only sibling, Jane Walker. I wish her, on behalf of the whole family, a Very Happy Birthday and many more to come. Jane hates being promoted in public so instead I’ve written a little ditty for her. Sing it to the tune of Land of Hope & Glory:…
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The quality of quantity

Prediction requires data –  at least, it does if you want to have a reasonable chance of being right. Even with data it is possible to be terribly wrong. The sub-postmasters of Britain can vouch for that. The more of them that were convicted of stealing, the greater the belief by the institution’s managers that…
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Firstness

Winning is hugely exciting. It means you are the best of whatever group is competing. It tells you that you have ‘beaten’ the others, you are someone special, distinguished, unique. We all want to win. Unfortunately our definition of winning is predicated on the basis that others must lose. So, ‘no gain without pain’ becomes…
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Is lunch a soft skill?

The most important ‘soft’ skill is reading people. That means assessing your first impressions of them methodically, recognising their limitations, sensing the impact you have made with your own first impression, and understanding the minute by minute changes in the other person’s interest in what you are saying and doing. You must at the same…
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Money & Purpose

A well-known management magazine recently published an article claiming that employees were seeking money before purpose. Not all of them. We have lots of clients who realise the importance of purpose in order to make money. But for many, I’m afraid the management magazine may be right. The stupidity of the fact is not just…
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Resolution for 2024

Millions of people face a suffering, searing, tortuous New Year. The world’s problems are too frequently listed to repeat here. The unnecessary deaths of so many, including children who have not even begun to enjoy life, is a wickedness the world does not need. The profligacy of resource use for destruction instead of for building…
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