Tag Archives: rejection

In which yet another letter comes and we ponder our dongles …

Leaving your employer sometimes feels just as complicated as leaving a long-term partner. Some of the organisation’s behavioral quirks that seemed almost charming once upon a time now drive you rapidly into a paroxysm of face-twitching rage. Of course leaving … Continue reading

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In which I get reflective and restorative …

‘They also serve who only stand and wait.’ I somehow missed Milton at school. Perhaps I was off that day. So I’ve struggled with him over the years lacking the easy familiarity that long afternoons in chalky classrooms has given … Continue reading

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In which I remember what it’s all about …

I had a bit of a shock last night. I found out our youngest daughter was to have a major test in French today. I’d been so wrapped up in fretting about the things that I’m worried about that I’d … Continue reading

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In which I take some inspiration from The Ashes …

The Saturday papers are full of good news from Downunder. The joy of waking each morning to hear of more overnight success has been a real fillip in these dog days of winter. And for any cricket fan who has … Continue reading

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In which I renew my plans with string …

When I knew for sure that I would be made redundant I set myself some milestones along the way to the exit. Ranging from the strategic to the mundane – you can guess the sort of thing. Sort out what … Continue reading

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In which I write the Christmas round robin …

For years we have resisted the round robin newsletter insert to our Christmas cards. We succumbed last year because a serious illness in the family meant there was no time to personalise. This year the problem has been slightly different. … Continue reading

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In which I perform a Saturday stocktake …

Early mornings at the weekend are an ideal time for some quiet reflection particularly during this cold spell. The rest of the RPS family is piled under duvets as thick as the snow on the TV. Another week has gone … Continue reading

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In which ‘sorry’ is the hardest word …

On a lovely summer afternoon about 150 years ago a striking white-haired man stood at the edge of an unremarkable meadow just outside an obscure town in Pennsylvania. What he did next has always struck me as being among the … Continue reading

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In which the snow becomes general …

One of the upsides of sliding inexorably towards being fired is that my diary is rather empty. What was a fertile plain of meetings, events, conferences and the like is now an empty tundra. Of course there’s stuff to do … Continue reading

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In which I review the week after the wobble …

A week ago and you would have found me in a not good place. Today I am feeling a whole lot better. So what’s changed? One of the most significant things is the support and good wishes from people through … Continue reading

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