Everyone Else is Doing It

Have you heard of the story of a Labour Peer in the House of Lords who has just agreed to repay £41,000 in expenses to the taxman? He claimed over £260,000 for a non-existent flat in London over a period of 7 years at the same time as claiming £41,000 in travel expenses to his home in Brighton from the capital. There are many others and it proves that people will justify anything to themselves if they believe that “everyone else is doing it”. That’s dangerous and the message is…

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How to Handle Setbacks

This week I made a mistake which cost me money. My train was delayed coming back from London and I returned to my car with a bright yellow penalty notice on it. I’d exceeded my time paid for that morning. I should’ve realised and phoned Ringo to extend it but I didn’t think. And it cost me money. I make mistakes like everyone else. I’m human and all humans make errors. It’s how you bounce back after the event that matters. Its how you bounce back from mistakes and other…

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We’ve got it wrong about work/life balance

Bet that got your attention so you deserve an explanation. A large FTSE 100 bank here in the UK has a policy for managers above a certain paygrade. They must be within 20 minutes of email every day of the week during waking hours. They’re allowed to sleep. Now the paygrade is rather eye watering, so it would be interesting to elicit whether these managers actually enjoy their job or their salary or both. I doubt it and I know some of them complain about a lack of work life…

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