Monthnotes – January 2021

It’s a wet and windy Sunday evening in Kent as I look back over the past month at work and at home. The first working day of the month, just four weeks ago, seems like a distant memory. The pace of work after the Christmas break pretty much hit full speed again...

Monthnotes – December 2020

I’ve started and re-started this post several times over the past few days. Taking some time off work since 23rd December has given me a bit of a break to look back on a hectic three weeks of the month, as well as taking stock of the year as a whole. Early...

Monthnotes – November 2020

The cyclical nature of lockdown life seems to give days and weeks a strange timelessness. Hours, days, weeks and months feel like they’re whizzing by in a blur of Zoom calls, home grocery shopping and the daily rollercoaster of Covid-19 news. This month has been...

Monthnotes – October 2020

Since I first began recruiting and managing teams, back in 2004, I’ve talked about “the dip” with every new person joining my teams. Stealing just a touch from Run-DMC, it goes a little something like this: “When you start a new job, it’s...

Monthnotes – September 2020

Earlier this month, before the government’s return to advising working from home by default, I made my first trip to London since late February – the longest I’ve been away from London for many years. My deserted train to London earlier this month....

Monthnotes – August 2020

As August draws to an unseasonally wet and windy end in Kent, I reflect on what’s felt like quite a transitional month in many senses. Since returning our family holiday in early August, With English children about to return to school after more than five months away...