Well, nobody’s perfect..

One of my favourite comedy films is the ‘Some like it hot’. In the very last scene, Jack Lemmon’s character – Jerry – who has been masquerading as a woman to escape some 1920s gangsters, is explaining to Joe E Brown character -Osgood Fielding III – why he…

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Dealing with drama queens

I am sure you have all have had to deal with a drama queen in your working life. Drama queens can be either male or female. It is the person for whom every little setback is a huge problem. The person who will tell you how terrible their life is/has been…

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Letting go

I was reading an article in Management Today entitled “How to be a better boss”. As a boss, I am constantly striving to be the best boss I can be and am always learning from others.

According to Management Today,

one of the hallmarks of a good manager…

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Think about the marriage, not the wedding

As you can imagine, I’ve been to a lot of weddings in my life. Small weddings, large weddings, weddings for second marriages (and third) – weddings in the UK and weddings abroad. One of the things that I have become good at over the years is being able to…

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When the going gets tough…

For those of you old enough to remember the 1985 film – The Jewel of the Nile – you may remember the film’s theme song “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” which became a number 1 hit for singer, Billy Ocean

Interestingly whilst the film has…

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Onion Goggles

It wasn’t until my sister raved about her onion goggles that I realised there was even such a thing. My sister, being a supercool gal, has them in stylish pink. She swears they have changed the way she cooks.

Like my sister, chopping onions is a huge…

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I have a dream

This year we remember the 50th anniversary of what is widely considered to be one of the most powerful speeches ever made. Listening to Dr Martin Luther King say the words “I have a dream” fifty years after the event, still draws me in and inspires me. It…

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All change

I haven’t written a blog for a couple of months now because my life, which is never slow or dull at the best of times, seemed to go into hyperdrive from June onwards. As well as a huge number of large changes at RAFT, most planned but some not, I’ve also…

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"He had the look of one who had drunk the cup of life and found a dead beetle at the bottom.” PG Wodehouse

On the spectrum of are you “a glass full or glass empty” sort of person, I’d say I veer towards the glass full. I like to think the best of people. I like to think that things will work out.

That doesn’t mean that I am a sunny optimist all the time…

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What makes a good trustee?

Being a Trustee is an important role. It can be exciting, interesting and fulfilling for the individuals involved but it can also go badly wrong. The relationship between Trustees and the staff of the charity are like but also unlike those between a board…

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