Author Archives: Rob Archer

Happy Christmas! (?)

Christmas is a time which for me has always been associated with pressure, comparisons and evaluations.   There was always a sense that other people, somewhere ‘out there’ were doing Christmas properly and that somehow I was not meeting that standard.  … Continue reading

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Tackling Our Culture of Cruelty

A recent Panorama investigation found systematic abuse of elderly residents going on in a UK care home.  Some of the most vulnerable people in our society were being ritually abused by their so-called carers: On the top floor of a … Continue reading

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Find Your Passion At Work! (Just Don’t Expect to Feel Passionate About It When You Do)

One of the reasons I left consultancy is because I felt that the work was meaningless.  In meetings I would try not to fall asleep as people droned on about project dependencies and stakeholder management and at the weekend all … Continue reading

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Psychological Flexibility in Difficult Conversations

It struck me that psychological flexibility is very powerful in relationships, and particularly in having difficult conversations.  However, this is something I rarely talk about on this blog (Rachel maybe more so).  So I thought sharing a personal example of … Continue reading

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Why Happiness Makes Me Grumpy (aka: The Limitations of Aiming for a Happy Workplace)

Most serious positive psychology researchers would agree with the idea that happiness should not be an objective.   But in my experience the message gets lost in translation, certainly among the many life coaches and pop psychologists who advocate the implementation … Continue reading

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Why Psychological Flexibility Will be a Key Leadership Skill of the Future

Last year in the UK, a Panorama investigation uncovered systematic abuse of elderly care home residents who were ­being routinely pushed about, belittled and ­humiliated by their so-called carers. Worse, when whistleblowers drew attention to the abuse it was they … Continue reading

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What it Feels Like to Make a Mistake

I don’t like making mistakes.  In fact most of my professional life has been spent in the service of not making a mistake, or being seen not to. I am not alone; in fact a lot of the practical difficulty … Continue reading

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A Summer of Defying Labels

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Today the Paralympics end and I’ve been reflecting what it has all meant to me. One of the major themes has been about the Olympics’ capacity to defy labels.  Labels can be useful to help us understand things and give … Continue reading

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Why The Olympics Matter

Of course, sport doesn’t really matter.  Sport isn’t life and death.  It isn’t war.  Yet at the same time, for all the negative focus by the media before the games, the Olympics do matter. The key to understanding the Olympics … Continue reading

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What The Olympic Opening Ceremony Meant To Me

Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises. How to top Beijing?  That was the question that rang in the air prior to the event.  It seemed impossible, such was the unified precision, power and purpose of China’s message … Continue reading

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