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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‘I am a sheep’

Dressed to the nines and focused entirely on self – but a sheep nonetheless. … I think we should get real about the ‘celebrity industry’:‘ by association’ designers, models, musicians, actors, nothings-in-particular, doing it off the back of mum/dad/wife/husband/sister – who had at least a modicum of talent. All too many of today’s batch are descendants […]

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‘I am not a number.’

I think you’ll find you are. Like grazing animals we pull with seemingly insatiable hunger at the rich green grass that is Big Data. It’s the new panacea, probably with another weird language that people will be eager to learn in order to demonstrate easy familiarity. A few years ago, the potential presented by global […]

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What the employer brand means to us

At The Rare Skills Set our focus is on how an employer brand can best be managed to secure attention, interest, retention, engagement and loyalty – of candidates, employees, suppliers and customers. How much importance do you attribute to yours? How much time, resource and money do you invest in it? Is it seen as […]

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Anyone can run a focus group – can’t they?

Many’s the time an eager, articulate but otherwise ill-equipped and typically junior person in an advertising agency, is sent off, on behalf of a client organisation, to ‘do a couple of focus groups and find out … (complete the rest)’. It’s dangerous behaviour and wholly unprofessional – but ‘surely it can’t be any more complicated […]

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