Lamont’s Taxonomy of Direness

Pyramid with, from bottom to top, Issues, Concerns, Challenges, Barriers, Wakeup Calls

Maslow has his hierarchy, Bloom has his taxonomy. I thought it was time I contributed something to the sum of human understanding.  (About time, I hear you say?) I hope that this diagram will be helpful in team meetings, project huddles and boardrooms throughout the business and public sector worlds. Its aim is to help … Read more

Catechism of Cliché (5) – Human Resources

as a doctor (19th century)

What are people? – human resources What do we do with resources? – manage them Into what subdivisions do these resources fall? – leaders and headcount What is the name for a member of headcount who is destined to become a leader? – talent Through what tubular thoroughfare will he or she make the journey? … Read more

Catechism of Cliche 4 – the project

What aeronautical journey stage has this project just completed? – it has landed How has it done this? – not as well as we would have liked What shall we have to hold? – our hands Where shall we have to hold them? -up I hear that pointing will be also required. What will we … Read more

Catechism of cliché (3) – the L&D pep talk

cow

What is your job this morning? To share ideas around our vision I appreciate your generosity.  What act of manual dexterity will you also be performing? Positioning the change programme With what aim, of considerable aeronautical value? So that it lands well Whence are we beginning? A good foundation In what provocatory surroundings will we … Read more

Six flavours of ‘anxious to please’

Old engraving of two children in sunday best.

We’re social animals. But sometimes our urge to be part of the herd gets out of hand.  One of the insights of meditation – or maybe just of getting older – is that you spot yourself acting out little scripts and preoccupations normally hidden from your busy, get-on-with-it mind. I was thinking about this the … Read more