All posts in the Our thoughts category

Hotelier. Launderette Attendant. Taxi Driver. Short Order Chef. Bank Manager. Tour Operator. Provider of boundless love… and Careers advisor.

In addition to all their other roles parents have a responsibility as respected information providers. Perhaps more than ever before, It seems they are major influencers of the educational and career options considered by their children as they approach adulthood. But do they really know what they are talking about? Two recent studies show that […]

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Why do we do what we do?

The Rare Skills Set have developed a research project to determine the importance of factors that we believe have a considerable influence on people when making decisions about work and lifestyle. The project concentrates on eight specific topics: Identity, Purpose, Values, Motivations, Ambitions, Priorities, Influencers and Fears. If our thinking is right, what we discover […]

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Deep Thoughts on: Identity (Part 2c – Projection)

(Image courtesy of Travel Blog) Now we come to the final Facet of my suggested conception of Identity, that of ‘Projection’. This is perhaps the hardest aspect to elucidate, and arguably the most controversial, but I believe that it would be difficult to account for the notions of Narrative or Present Engagement without it. As […]

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Deep Thoughts on: Identity (Part 2a – Narrative)

(Image courtesy of Philanthropy News Digest) In the last post I suggested a method of approaching organisational identity that divides the concept into a series of interrelated ‘Facets’. I would not go as far as to say these three Facets are wholly sufficient to explain the concept, but I do believe that we would struggle […]

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Deep thoughts on: Identity (Part I)

(Image courtesy of S K Signs) How we define ourselves, both individually and socially, has been an important and recurrent theme in human thought. For philosophers, discussions regarding ‘Personal Identity’ are still highly poignant, and remain a central topic in contemporary debate. As an organisation, engaging with the concept of identity is also crucial to […]

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Deep thoughts on…

(Image courtesy of PBA University) There is a popular view that ‘Philosophy’ is removed from the practical workings of the world, and no longer engages in any real sense with anybody who isn’t bound to an academic institution. We’re not going to contest this view here. However, it need not be the case; for all […]

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