More than 40 years ago my first Bank Manager, remonstrating about my inability to stay within the imposed overdraft limit, gave me this unforgettable advice: 'you'll never be happy Nick until you understand that you can't beat the system'. Mr Chapman: you were so wrong! Looking back, happiness at work for me comes from making a real difference, which usually means beating the conventional system or, even better, changing it! That's why I am excited to have discovered the MIX!
Following a 23-year 'apprenticeship' as a manager and Director in other people's businesses, where I learned how not to do things, I started my own in 1993. I was fortunate to meet Arie de Geus and his book The Living Company (and Peter Senge's The 5th Discipline) has inspired my Company's development ever since. It's a passion to learn, to create something worthwhile, to work with like-minded people that drives and inspires me.
I am excited that what I've read on this website aligns 100% with my own thinking. We are mismanaging our people, our organisations and our societies. I'm proud that my Company, The Training Foundation, is the only UK performance improvement business to have won a Queen's Award for Innovation (2005) for our work in this area - but we still have a long way to go!
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