Still Firing, but with feeling

Still Firing, but with feeling

Just like the sending and receiving of Christmas cards, the distribution of pink slips or redundancy notices terminating employment within any company is a ritual that follows complex rules. Nevertheless, firing triggers powerful feelings of anxiety and exclusion, providing managers with some of their toughest communication challenges. The firing process can be outsourced and impersonalised,   [ more » ]

Playing Investors’ Rules on the Rubber Chicken Circuit

Playing Investors’ Rules on the Rubber Chicken Circuit

This  blog post was originally published on LinkedIn April 6 2016. You can find it here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/playing-investors-rules-rubber-chicken-circuit-richard-house/edit For politicians, talking while others eat comes with the territory. But entrepreneurs must sometimes do the same, as they play a financial dating game with buy-side analysts and investment fund managers. These managers are paid to size up   [ more » ]

Life skills reflect your charisma

Life skills reflect your charisma

The following text appears in A World Book of Values,  featuring descriptions of 365 values  edited by Patrick Somers and Kate Stephenson.  It was  published in 2015 and contains a foreward by  Richard Barrett, whose  values methodology it explores. The  descriptions of  “Life Skills” and “Congeniality” were  penned by Richard House,  architect  and founder of    [ more » ]

In Praise of Congeniality

In Praise of Congeniality

The following text appears in A World Book of Values,  featuring descriptions of 365 values  edited by Patrick Somers and Kate Stephenson.  It was  published in 2015 and contains a foreward by  Richard Barrett, whose  values methodology it explores. The  descriptions of  “Life Skills” and “Congeniality” were  penned by Richard House,  architect  and founder of    [ more » ]

Truth in Advertising

Truth in Advertising

Like me, you may not much care for advertising, yet we acknowledge it works. So when an ad has the candour to explain exactly how it’s setting out to influence me, it gets my attention. The teaser in the headline of BMW’s new ad for its Mini Clubman is a prime example: “Why do we   [ more » ]