Articles from Chris Thomson

Be guided by what’s dependably, fundamentally certain: Einstein and the CEO

Am I alone? I confess any connection between Albert Einstein and the role of a CEO had totally escaped me. But then I heard the boss of a leading UK company say this in an interview on BBC News:

The Law of Diminishing Mission

Maybe you’ve heard the one about the three brickies on the building site? They’re all asked what they’re doing

Keep it simple, Stupid!

As Muhammad Ali told the interviewer: “Whatever ‘truculent’ means, if that’s good, I’m that.”

Working with your staff, not on them

Mrs Roberts had the measure of me from the start. 'Christopher is a bright button but somehow always towards the bottom of the tin.'

How not to spoil your lunch

We English don’t have a lot of time or space for philosophy. We like to get on with things, not sit around pondering the meaning of life. When someone wants to persuade us physical things don’t exist we’re right there with Dr Johnson striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone until he rebounds from it, spitting out the words through clenched teeth, ‘I refute it thus!'

Even the boss can’t see the whole truth

Once upon a time long, long ago I was a callow college Vice Principal and so wet behind the ears there was watercress. And one day we spent an entire lunchtime discussing the problem of the queue in the canteen.

Two ways of thinking about staff training

It is a truth universally acknowledged, at least in Further Education, that the high road to outstanding quality lies in the ‘sharing of good practice’.

When you know you’re wrong, you’re right!

The best thing written about leadership pre-dates the Harvard Business Review. In fact it pre-dates Harvard, pre-dates the English language, even. It was written in what we now call Ancient Greek by Sophocles, an Ancient Geek. It’s a play called King Oedipus.

Why do some college leaders fail in their ambition to improve their colleges?

There are a million and one reasons why some college leaders fail in their ambition to improve their colleges.