Posts by: Sally Terry

A Well Embroidered Life – and I’m only halfway through

I admire people who know very early on what they want to do with their lives but for those of us who don’t enjoy such clarity of thought I guess the key is to enjoy the journey whilst you make up your mind but most of all to stick two fingers up at those who say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. The dog is only old if it thinks it’s old and it’s the energy and tenacity of the dog that determines the success of the new trick not the dog’s age.

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Book Review: Michael Heppell – How to Save An Hour Every Day

My life isn’t always too short to stuff a mushroom (as Shirley Conran once said): my problem is fitting in the mushroom-stuffing on the days when that’s what would make me feel like I’d achieved something. Stuffing the mushrooms will take 10 minutes: the challenge is accepting that the biggest obstacle between me and the baking dish is me, and that I can find the 10 minutes if I look at what I’m doing with the other 23 hours 50 minutes. There’s an old joke that ‘life is what happens to you while you’re making other plans’, but it happens to you all the more if you don’t have a plan at all. That’s not to say life shouldn’t have room for spontaneity and serendipity – just that mine tends not to! If you’re the type of person the book is written for – in Heppell’s words, “people who are ‘maxed’ and need to find time” – there’s plenty here that will help.

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Three Senior Managers walk into a bar …

Humour? At work? Or important social functions? Are we having a laugh? Well, yes, we are. Along with Ricky Gervais, Leonard Rossiter, Richard Curtis, and the guy that draws Dilbert. Although we're puzzled as to why some people are reluctant to join us, if only occasionally. There are any number of weighty tombs on Emotional Intelligence In The Workplace - I typed that phrase (with Lots of Capital Letters, of course) without thinking, but it gets 13,400 hits on Google. But there are very few management books on one aspect of our emotional life: human beings like to laugh.

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