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    Articles from Chris Thomson

    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.

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