The arrival of a new Pope always gets my attention – I was named after Pope Gregory the Great who reigned from 590 to 604. Now Pope Francis has been officially installed in office, and his arrival evokes memories of childhood combined with the realities of my adult working life, and almost every interaction and […]
I recently returned from a week in Chisinau, the extremely snowy capital of Moldova. As part of their on-going commitment to change, the Moldovan Ministry of Justice has recently prepared a Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2011-2015. A key pillar of this strategy is to promote economic development. Assisting them reach this goal, the European Bank […]
It’s official, being disruptive at work is the way to get ahead: at least according to a piece on the Harvard Business Review Blog. A recent study showed women account for 51.4% of middle managers in the U.S. but only 4.2% of Fortune 500 CEO’s. Why? They claim it is because the attributes that typically […]
Margaret Atwood’s character Offred would make a great mediator. The narrator of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ repeatedly tells us that ‘context is all’, and nowhere is that a more pertinent observation than in mediation. This is not just a personal view – a comment piece in City AM last week eloquently reinforced the power of perception […]
In June last year, teaching trade unions and the UK government found themselves in deadlock regarding public sector benefits. Strikes and rallies hit the headlines, and it quickly became clear that the issue of pension entitlement and reform was a key area of interest for unions and the government alike. The Government claimed that reform […]
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