The Farmer and the Sheepdog [aka the CEO and the Manager]

Throughout my various careers I have both experienced, and come across, some interesting scenarios in relation to that of the perceptions of front line managers and their overarching bosses. Much of the time (and especially in times of dilemmas/difficult decisions/delicate situations) the manager is the person out front dealing with it.  Unfavorable presumptions and accusations about this person can often be heard whispered between colleagues in the canteen after such events, but I have often wondered are these negative undertones being directed towards the wrong person? Sometimes when you’re involved in a situation you can find it hard to see what’s actually happeningRead More…

Reassurance – Often written, rarely verbalised.

As I came in from another long day at work, my three girls (and three dogs, I might add!) all came running at me – just before I got a chance to glance at the post that had arrived that day. After seeing their happy faces and hugging them tightly, I felt so reassured that they were so happy, and that yet another day had gone by where I had gone to work and that they were still okay by the time I got home (don’t get me wrong my babysitter is amazing – it’s just a thing I think allRead More…