Category Archives: private sector

In which the farewells begin transparently …

I’ve been to a coffee morning this morning to bid farewell to my excellent team. It was one of those happy-sad occasions. We chewed the cud over the funny incidents and accidents of our time together. And we talked about … Continue reading

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In which there are questions of attribution and identity …

‘If something is not what it claims to be, what is it?’ Like any public servant of a few years’ standing I have an extensive collection of name badges from conferences, training events and other gatherings. Unlike Wayne (in the … Continue reading

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In which I become a small business …

Some peculiar things have happened to me over the last year. There have been strange meetings with exotic folk in outlandish spots. Furtive telephone calls. Outrageous claims – that’s the cv – and counter-claims – the rejection letters. But none … Continue reading

Posted in business start ups, Coalition, economy, excellence, kindness, private sector, Redundancy, small business, success | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

In which the numbers tell their own story …

As the counter on public (and private sector) job losses keeps spinning – about as fast as the price per litre sign at the village garage – I’ve been struck by language used to describe what’s going on. While the … Continue reading

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In which I get back into the swing of things …

All around me everyone at RPS towers is getting ready for work or school. Hustle and bustle. I didn’t know we had so many hair driers. It’s like being under a flight path at an airport. Still, all the activity … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, business start ups, Coalition, CSR2010, private sector, Public sector, war on the deficit | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

In which I check my alert status …

You would think that technology would make looking for jobs easier. I’m sure that it does when used properly. When I started job hunting in earnest I set up a brand new gmail address and registered with every agency I … Continue reading

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In which I consider my New Year’s resolution …

With the dog days of post-Christmas December behind us it’s time to consider what changes in mind-set and behaviour I should be adopting in 2011. Possibly I should try to lose a little weight. I have to say though that … Continue reading

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In which I revisit my little list …

This time of year always prompts some self-reflection. Pausing in the hallway between the old year behind us and the new one in front to do a quick self-check in any available mirror before moving on and out. So I’ve … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, Interim management, Job applications, job hunting, pensions, private sector, Public sector, Public service, Redundancy | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

In which I get seasonal …

Amongst the coverage of the Localism Bill and the local government settlement my eye was caught by another story in yesterday’s Guardian. A survey had found that our attitudes to the poor had hardened to levels previously seen in 1991 … Continue reading

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In which I ‘gate-keep’ …

This post orginally appeared in Patrick Butler’s Cuts Blog on 19 November 2010 and appears here by kind permission of The Guardian. _______________________________________________ It’s open season on public servants. These are just a few of my “favourites” from the national press: … Continue reading

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