Archive for December, 2018

The Power of Listening

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Don’t you smile when the loudmouth cannot control him or herself wading in with an uninformed opinion because they simply have to be heard. Whether it is in business, politics, or other aspects of life, we underestimate the power of “active” listening, at our peril.

Anonymity

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

I am always reminded of the Oxford English Dictionary definition of anonymity when I receive requests from anonymous sources, those insistent on quoting anonymous sources or those who refuse to identify themselves on social media: “the lack of outstanding, individual, or unusual features; impersonality.”

Gambling Sense

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Here in the UK with arguably one of the most liberal attitudes to gambling and sports betting, a collection of the leading gambling companies ban betting adverts in live sports broadcasts. Ostensibly, to assuage government and public opinion about the unfettered promotion of football betting to young kids and the vulnerable. Here is the rub: it is too late and it ignores, the most important issue, individual accountability. Just as signs on bridges warning people about the dangers of suicide, do little to stop suicides. If you don’t focus on really meaningful actions, educating people, and holding them individually to account for their actions, you merely dance around the problem.    

Sexism or Sensationalism

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018


French DJ and Ballon d’Or host Martin Solveig makes a mistimed joke to the inaugural women’s winner, Norway’s Ada Hegerberg about her ability to twerk, and the thought police descend into hoots of derision. A remark that Hegerberg herself didn’t see as sexist but lo and behold Solveig is piled on by assorted media characters and indeed, British tennis player, Andy Murray. When we sensationalise every iota of modern life that doesn’t conform to our belief system, we merely end up drowning out horrible acts of sexism, racism, and ageism that are truly worthy of our disdain.