Last week at work, we had Francesca Gino, professor at Harvard Business School, come and give us a talk about her study of rebels. Her book, Rebel Talent: Why it Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life, is probably now on everyone's reading list. (It's certainly on mine.) The word rebel is not always something viewed positively. At… Continue reading Reflecting on Rebels
Commuting can take up a lot of your day. Your journey can affect your mood and how you feel when you arrive at your destination. While it would be nice if we could all just be a little bit kinder to each other, a little bit more considerate, somehow when we're commuting on public transport,… Continue reading Commuting, or many small acts of aggression
We live in a disposable culture. Things are made to be used once, or for one season, or for a few years, and then thrown away. Or even worse, things are built to fail within a certain time period, because where is the profit for a company who builds something that lasts a lifetime? This… Continue reading Repair or replace?
I always get a bit panicky around this time of year. I can see the end of summer approaching and I start to think about all the things I thought I would get done during the summer. And then I start counting all the things I didn't get done. And then the panic sets in… Continue reading The End of Summer
I’m a dreamer, I know it. Two days ago I saw a job ad that had the words “total lifestyle change” in the title. Clicking on the link, I saw a job based on a remote Scottish island. Of course, I had to check a map to see exactly where this island was. And while… Continue reading My imaginary life
It was during a recording of the Guilty Feminist podcast that I remember the topic of paying compliments came up in response to male responses to #metoo that "you can't even pay a woman a compliment these days without it being harassment." The discussion was yes you can, you just have to do it in… Continue reading Complimentary