What’s it all worth?

There’s a lot in the news at the moment about the proposed new high speed train line – specifically about whether it is worth the billions of pounds it is projected to cost.  Indeed, the 4th business case for the project is being published today, and that has dredged up memories of a project I…

A new dawn

It’s great to welcome our new students to the ICMAC – BSc, MSc, & PhD. The first couple of weeks is really disorientating for most of them – new processes, technology, culture, people, and for the majority in their second, third or fourth language. Of course quite a few of the students have been on…

A strength, not just competent

For quite a long time now the fashionable interviewing technique, especially for early career professionals, has been competency interviewing.  Lots of questions along the lines of ‘Tell me about a time when you have worked collaboratively’.  These questions are based on the idea that what someone has done in the past they are likely to…

Old Dog, New Tricks

For the first time in my life I am conducting an academic research project.  Many students do a dissertation as part of their bachelors degree, but I chose not to.  I took all my CIPD exams, but again chose not to do any research.  So why did I choose to the research project as the…

Apprentice Archetypes

This is a blog post about the BBC show The Apprentice – but stick with me if you don’t watch it, I’ll still try to make it make sense to the uninitiated. The show is basically an extended selection process to find a business partner for Lord Sugar who’s willing to invest £250,000.  It’s cleverly…

If at first you don’t succeed…….

It’s the time of year when lots of people start new things – jobs, internships, periods of work experience, volunteering, summer camps etc.  All of these things will call for people to do new things, and when we do something new we often make mistakes or do something embarrassing until we get used to it….

What’s a Reputation Worth?

Private companies exist to make (legal) returns for their shareholders. I think I’m right in saying that capitalists believe that letting these companies do this generates the most wealth; that in turn will lead to the most jobs & therefore the most all round prosperity.  In this context, of course companies will organise their finances…

Maybe you have to change.

‘We need to communicate better’ – any of you who have sat through a team building session will recognise this statement.  But how? To put it into context I’ve been reflecting on the communication quirks of a couple of people I know.  One of them introduces a new topic by saying ‘Don’t forget……’.  This always…

Spies like us

I was reminded this week just how diverse the range of careers in finance can be when I conducted a mock interview for a Communications Monitoring Analyst within the Communications Surveillance Department of a very well know bank. Yes, they were recruiting their own spies – people who would monitor emails, phone calls, Bloomberg terminal messages etc….

Why is asking so difficult?

One of my favourite entertainers – John Shuttleworth – was on BBC 6music this week.  He told a little story about needing some change for the car park; he asked a passerby, but the chap couldn’t make change.  Instead the good samaritan gave John the 50p he needed.  The passerby carried on his way with…