Damp Ink

Thoughts, as they occur, on business, work, learning and stuff - not necessarily fully chewed over…

What Skills Are You Investing In?

According to the World Economic Forum, analytical, creative thinking and complex problem solving, are key skills for now and over the next few years.     The pace of change, particularly around working lives, requires a workforce that can remain flexible, think creatively and make effective choices. Understating how the brain might actually get in […]

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We Were Born Creative – what happened?

Photo of the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope We were born creative. We were born clever. We were born awesome. Everything we learn for the first years of our lives we teach ourselves: through experimentation, through putting two and two together and seeing the results, through wondering “what […]

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For The Future

I spoke at Chichester College’s Professional Student Graduation ceremony last night. Students from Marketing, Accountancy, Human Resources and Learning & Development received their certificates and then contemplated their futures. As the guest speaker, this is the heart of the advice I gave them. 1 – Say Yes If You Can When life offers you an […]

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Why Is Miscarriage So Upsetting?

Next week is Baby Loss Awareness Week.  Miscarriage and stillbirth, even in these enlightened times, are still taboo subjects.  But not being able to talk about it, just makes a very painful experience even worse. Here is a blog, that I posted as a guest blog last year, that might answer some questions and give […]

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Breaking Out

Here is the third entry into the VERY occasional series, responding to the Artwork of My Friends – the first being here and the second here. I asked my friend Doug Shaw to select a piece of his work for me to write about. Here is my response. Breaking Out       by Janet […]

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Content or Delivery; which is better?

About a year ago I was running a session for some Learning and Development professionals on the Neuroscience of Learning. I was contacted before the event by one of the potential delegates and asked this question: “Will there be some actual content or will it be all of us just sharing what we know?” The […]

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When It Comes To The EU part 2 –

Is This The Best Atmosphere In Which To Negotiate? On the 23rd June the country voted in the EU Referendum. We made our decision on gut feel, research based on conjecture and hope. Then someone had to deal with the aftermath. Some, who thought that they might want to handle the job, just walked away […]

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When It Comes To The EU part 1 –

We Have The Perspective Of Z Perspective of size – I highly recommend the animated film Antz to you, a delightful tale about a colony of ants. The main character is a worker ant called Z, pronounced zee, voiced brilliantly by Woody Allen.  Z tries to break away from the insignificance of his existence and […]

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Five Levels of Twitter and Counting – which rung are you on?

People use Twitter to achieve different things and in different ways.  I’ve noticed that there appears to be a sort of hierarchy and, like most hierarchies, it’s unhelpful, especially to those on the lower rungs. The Monarchy – the celebrities who Tweet about their meal choices. They do this because they think their fans want […]

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Please Have a Heart For The Long Term Unemployed

I recently posted a guest blog – here.  I was making a number of points: work gives opportunities for challenge, social interaction, expansion of our comfort zones and fun the long term unemployed get none of that what they do get is often dismissive, unfair, rude and thoughtless The post got over 800 reads and […]

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