Entries by chriscurnow

Now is the time to innovate

It’s pretty scary reading the papers and listening to the news these days. We are all left wondering how this current downturn will play itself out. Unfortunately I don’t have a crystal ball and make no claim to any ability to predict the future. I don’t know what is going to happen any more than […]

The Heroic CEO (again)

Late last year I was at one of the usual round of Christmas parties I attend each year. Also as usual, I found myself talking to a new acquaintance explaining that I work as a Leadership Mentor when a third person joined the group. The conversation moved to executive remuneration and specifically CEO remuneration. During […]

Is that all there is?

Most Christmas messages are light hearted homilies full of good cheer, hope for humanity, celebration and high spirits. We all need a break from the pressures of everyday life and Christmas is one of those times many of us use to relax. Personally I love Christmas. I love the atmosphere. I love getting together with […]

What actually happened in 1929?

With the recent volatility in the stock market, I thought I would look at a bit of the history. I was particularly interested to find out what actually happened in 1929. For those of you who might be interested, this is my summary of events. In 1929, the Dow Jones reached its peak of 381 […]

Does God Play Dice?

Modern Physics has long done away with the notion that we can know anything with certainty yet most management theories and practice seem to be based on a Newtonian view of ‘knowability’. True leadership recognises that we never know what to do but this very uncertainty demands that we must act decisively. As I write […]

Csikszentmihalyi and Flow

If we’re so rich, why aren’t we happy? Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced chick-sent-me-high-ee), C.S. and D.J. Davidson Professor of Psychology and Management at The Drucker School, Claremont Graduate University, is mainly known for his work in flow in creativity. Csikszentmihalyi describes flow as: being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls […]

Max Weber and the Spirit of Capitalism

I’ve come across the work of the sociologist, Max Weber, a couple of times recently. Firstly, in their book, Why Should Anyone be Led by You?, Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones talk about the implications of Weber’s thinking for Leadership in business. I hope to write a piece on this book in the near future. […]

Lost Opportunities

My Dad was a fitter and turner, toolmaker and maintenance fitter. He was exceptionally good at his trade. Dad could make anything involving metal and would prefer to make it rather than buy it. As I was growing up and developing an interest in science and electronics, Dad seemed to be able to answer any […]

Do I like myself as much as I used to?

I recently had a delightful lunch with a colleague from my past. My colleague and I worked closely together nearly 20 years ago when we shared the passionate idealism of youth for innovation within our chosen calling of education. As it happened, during the time we worked together my friend witnessed my transition from idealism […]