Tuesday, 27 February 2007

the alien from inner space

Each of us is like Dorian Gray. We seek to present a beautiful, innocent face to the world; a kind, courteous demeanor; a youthful, intelligent image.

And so, unknowingly but inevitably, we push away those qualities that do not fit the image, that do not enhance our self-esteem and make us stand proud but, instead, bring us shame and make us feel small.

We shove into the dark cavern of the unconscious those feelings that make us uneasy – hatred, rage, jealousy, greed, competition, lust, shame – and those behaviours that are deemed wrong by the culture – addiction, laziness, aggression, dependency – thereby creating what could be called shadow content.

Like Dorian’s painting, these qualities ultimately take on a life of their own, forming an invisible twin that lives just behind our life, or just beside it, but as distinct from the one we know as a stranger.

Monday, 26 February 2007

Thursday, 22 February 2007

Monday, 19 February 2007

the glass house

She lived, lived in her small glass house, to find out, one day, that she had never really lived.

Monday, 12 February 2007


the price of oil

the barriers to self-expression @ work

Sometimes when I run business workshops I ask participants to list the barriers to them being 100% self-expressed at work. Here is a typical list of barriers people come up with:

I know my place.
Codes of conduct.
Micro management.
Political correctness.
The sign off syndrome.
Departmental apartheid.
Narrow definition of success.
The numbers are always right.
Bending over backwards to please.
A feeling my opinion doesn't count.
Stereotypes and compartmentalisation.

Sunday, 11 February 2007

Essential new words for the workplace #6.

Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.

Thursday, 8 February 2007

the problem with being professional

The problem with being “professional” is that everyone thinks and behaves professionally – and no-one thinks and behaves differently.

domesticated us

The journey from childhood to adulthood is from being wholly independent of the opinions of others, to being completely dependent on what others think. We slowly but surely manage all the surprise and spontaneity out of our lives. Our thoughts and actions are limited to a fixed repertoire of responses. Like the family cat, we have become domesticated - trained to think and behave in certain, fixed, prescribed ways.


Monday, 5 February 2007

Thursday, 1 February 2007

no time for art

Average time gallery visitors spent in front of each painting in 1987: 10 seconds. In 1997: 3 seconds.

I smoke

the DNA of our education system

The teacher is the possessors of knowledge, the student is the recipient. Some means of verbal instruction is the main means of getting knowledge into the student. The exam measures the extent to which the student has received it. The teacher is the possessor of power, the student the one who obeys. Rule by authority is the accepted policy in the classroom. Trust is at a minimum – especially the teacher’s mistrust of the student. The student is best controlled by the always present threat of being punished.