Who do you turn to when you have a problem or an issue you need advice with? Do you ponder it over yourself and shy away from troubling others with it? Do you talk it over with your other half, or reap the benefits of your parents’ wisdom to determine the best course of action?...Read More
Throughout July I have posted a series of business thoughts that comment on the world today. Obliquely political I have posited a view linking business and women’s empowerment and observed the responses on social media. There have been four themes with one underlying message, that of friendship. Despite her FLOTUS tenure regretfully coming to an...Read More
If you speak to anyone, from friends and colleagues to the barista serving you your morning cappuccino, I’m sure many of them will have an idea or a dream to tell you about. I’m not necessarily talking about a dream house or a 3 week holiday to the Caribbean, although that would be lovely, but...Read More
There is no question that Jane Austen is rooted firmly in our hearts as one of the greatest novelists of all time – not ‘among the greatest living authors’ though you understand – following a somewhat unfortunate slip of the tongue by MP, Andrea Leadsom, as she spoke in Parliament last week following the unveiling...Read More
I was speaking with one of my friends yesterday and she started telling me about her new lease of ‘Zen’. This reinvigorated outlook, originally stemming from a self-help book, has taught her how to take control, how to make more conscious decisions and how to live life with a more positive attitude. While books such...Read More
It was just the other day, as I was writing the blog before this one, that I found myself pondering the question, ‘Who is Confucius?’ Now it might strike you as odd that such a seemingly random thought would pop into my head and then compel me to write about it. So let me explain....Read More
During our first meeting of 2016 I proposed to the team that this would be a year of consolidation. I promised not to come up with too many new ideas and I think I saw a few eyes flicker in disbelief. The Semple team had some great achievements in 2015. One example, our magazine Semple...Read More
I suffer from hypocritical personality disorder. Alright, it may not be officially recognised yet but it’s a very real consequence of my social anxiety. On the one hand, I hate it when people make plans with me and am relieved whenever those plans are cancelled or ended. I will hang around at a party, slowly...Read More
I like creating and participating in teams. From the start of MSL five years ago, many significant individuals have contributed to the ebb and flow of ideas and I sometimes pause to reflect on how alike, and yet how different, those people are. The skills shared and developed, the bonds formed, the ways of thinking...Read More
Cecil – the name that seems to be on everyone’s lips these past couple of days, from work colleagues to Jimmy Fallon everyone is talking about it. The mass media coverage of one man’s mission to find and kill a wild animal, in an attempt to make his life more ‘exciting’, has received so much attention...Read More
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