Starting any new venture might feel daunting. However, sometimes you just know you must take the first step. You might not even appreciate what is driving you.

Even so, your conviction tells you with some clarity and certainty that your new project is what you must do. So, take the first step; it might only be a small move, but it will start you on your journey. Good luck!

Imagine You at 100

By McDonnell-Hockley / 28/05/2020 /

Imagine you live to be 100! What will you need to be able to do to fend for yourself? You have no family to help you; it is just you, and you are alone. What is your state of health? Where do you live? Are you up on the latest technology? What is your quality…

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Education in meltdown

By McDonnell-Hockley / 21/05/2020 /

Students and staff are equally stretched. Vast numbers of academic staff are wondering how long their jobs will exist. All the while they upload their lectures and seminars, wondering if once online their intellectual property is lost forever due to some small clause in their contract.  (Academic contracts are designed to keep legal minds employed…

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Anxiety: the future we are creating

By McDonnell-Hockley / 14/05/2020 /

In 2020 the earth entered a black hole that shifted it forward in time. Only those able to access the internet could order food online, pay their bills, arrange doctor’s appointments.  Age-old issues Those who were 70+ were required by governments to self-isolate or risk contracting a deadly flu-like virus. This meant they stayed home. …

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The Melting of Time

By McDonnell-Hockley / 07/05/2020 /

In the past month, time has melted, days have blended together. I now rely on the internet for food supplies, contact with family and friends as well as entertainment.  Self-isolation has proved to be a challenge. I watch with interest as people express themselves on the internet, some aiming to distract us with comedy, others…

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Performance-related review reimagined

By McDonnell-Hockley / 30/04/2020 /

Imagine the next performance review you attended comprised of you giving feedback on the person you answer to–your boss or manager.  How different would the world of work be then? A good 360° assessment does this, but not in quite the same precise way that the person-to-person review would. There would have to be a…

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Why are you job hopping?

By McDonnell-Hockley / 23/04/2020 /

Before you hand in your notice and walk off into the sunset, where are you really at? I get it. You’ve had enough and now you just need to go. I completely understand. You are wondering, ‘How the hell did so-and-so get that promotion?’ and ‘How is it that another so-and-so gets away with doing…

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Ready to boost your superpower?

By McDonnell-Hockley / 16/04/2020 /

How much of your week is spent in autopilot? Think about it. Your route to work, your work itself, your shopping, your exercise? How much of it is the same? Where is the variety?  We know that exercise helps with the brain’s neuroplasticity,1 as does language acquisition2 and learning to play a musical instrument.3  But, other than…

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Phoenix your mindset

By McDonnell-Hockley / 09/04/2020 /

Phoenix your mindset How would your life change if you had a different mindset?  The realities of life can really challenge what we want to do. There is no need to compromise your future with the demands of now: just take a little time each day to focus on what is important to you. Make…

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Lost: A story of child loss in the workplace

By McDonnell-Hockley / 02/04/2020 /

(location and names changed to protect privacy) The Story A while back, I was doing some work at an organization in London. I had arrived at the premises early, as the organizer wanted me to accommodate some changes to the day’s programme. I headed for the admin office to collect my paperwork. The office was…

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Will the cost of AI be the loss of human connection?

By McDonnell-Hockley / 26/03/2020 /

I am very grateful to have an active imagination. It enables me to think ahead and plan strategically. I often feel that people, whose creativity has been squashed, seek release through other means (an issue I will come back to in another post). In my mind I play out worst-, and best-case scenarios. I examine…

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