Reflections on why writing matters

With reference once again to Alain de Botton – The Consolations of Philosophy (2000) this time – I have recently been pondering the universality (or otherwise) of a suggestion about why people write. So this is an open question to writers generally, about why you do it. AdB describes Michel de Montaigne’s reason for writing…

Why the 95:5 is wrong…

Why the 95:5 is wrong… or at least annoyingly over-simplified and misleading. (Ooh, contentious!) I was engaged in a conversation with a colleague earlier this week which resulted in a discussion on the merits or otherwise of the much-quoted “95:5” concept. That is, that 95% of performance is supposedly caused by the system, and 5%…

The meaning of biscuits

With thanks to a recommendation from AM, this week I have been mostly reading Alain de Botton. This has fed my philosophical need (expressed in Does it Matter… post last week) to find my place in the world and understand a) why I need it to matter, and b) whether the work itself has to…

Does it matter that you know you have a BS job?

Following several long and thoughtful motorway journeys which indulged my tendency to over-think everything currently wrong in my life, and the prescient publication of this article by Oliver Burkeman (“do you have a bullshit job?”), I have reached the following diagrammatic conclusion: This little thought-map is transcribed below for the benefit of (hmmm… ) myself…

Benchmarking grumble part II

So, I am back at work and back at blogging after a bit of a break, and what’s on the meaningless menu of joyless chores today? Catching up with benchmarking, hurrah! I do hate to labour a point, but I have been inspired by this to start seeing pseudo-scientific binary comparisons everywhere, and benchmarking is…

Why I am boycotting Costa’s tea

Last year, full of naive optimism that the newly-launched workplace Restaurant Suggestion Scheme might actually be interested in its customers’ suggestions, I made three suggestions. I used the proper form, and posted it in the proper box, using plain English and nice polite language. My suggestions were intended to make the restaurant easier for customers…

Coping Tactics

I have recently realised that what I am looking for is a role I would gladly do at least 80% of for free. This is quite a profound insight – for me – as it comes coupled with a secondary realisation that my old job (same organisation) was probably quite close to this nirvana. Notwithstanding…