Why ‘finding your purpose’ is getting in your way

When I was training as a coach, we spent a long time talking about the importance of finding your purpose. What is is? Where is it? How do we help our clients find it? And purpose is awesome. At least, the idea of it is. That somehow, once you find it, you’ll...
How my network (legally) got me out of court

How my network (legally) got me out of court

The editor appeared in my office, his face drawn. ‘I’ve just had a phone call. We’ve printed wrong information. Either we have to withdraw all copies or there’s going to be an injunction against us.’ At stake? A year’s worth of work...

Stop doing this to be effective. Now.

When I was a magazine publisher, I had lots of small teams working ferociously hard to produce fabulous magazines every month. They’d give their all, working long hours and trying to make everything perfect. But every time I went into a new magazine, the first...

Would I starve your cat?

For a recent holiday, we decided to house swap. That meant that we went off to Edinburgh to live in a lovely city-centre flat owned by a woman called Verity, while she explored London from our house. Part of the deal was that we agreed to feed the cat. But I’ve...

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