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    Let’s face it. Nobody looks great when doorstepped by LBC, when you then have to make sure you’re wearing your best cycle helmet in #wereinthistogether leafy Notting Hill to go to work – with a LBC reporting with you in the street. But the leadership style of Jeremy Hunt is particularly ineffective. Broadly speaking, as Peter Drucker puts it, “leadership is doing things right.” On the other hand, he has somehow managed to galvanise a near 100% turnout of tens of thousands of Doctors in a strike ballot. Only in North Korea would you get response rates as fantastic as […]
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      In an article entitled ‘Why politicians must lie – and how selling ice creams is like an election campaign’, Warwick Smith comments that, “As a result, many politicians make this Faustian bargain; they sell their soul in order to prolong their political careers. They know that the best place to set up their ice-cream stall is right beside their political opponent, with just enough differences to identify them with the one side or other of the spectrum.” Trust in politicians is generally pretty low, as this Ipsos MORI poll reveals. Doctors remain clearly the most trusted profession, with 90% […]
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    Admittedly, some people appear to thrive on conflict. “No drama Obama” was known to have a “circle of people who were collaborative and nondefensive”  whereas Hillary Clinton was reported as having “a staff consumed with infighting over how to sell their candidate” Why do some organisations develop cultures where conflict is managed productively whereas others have cultures where members work against one another? In their classic work on the social psychology of organizations, Katz and Kahn (1978) observed that “. . . every aspect of organizational life that creates order and coordination of effort must overcome other tendencies to action, […]
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    The nostalgia for the Miners’ Strike by Conservatives is very easy to understand. It provides Tories with an easy win of nostalgia, taking to their bosom comforting images of Margaret Thatcher and policemen on horseback beating miners at Oregrave. But to say why or why not the current Junior Doctors Strike is like the Miners’ Strike is to fall into a trap designed by the inept propaganda artists of the Department of Health. Everytime you rise to the challenge of comparing the Junior Doctors Strike to the Miners’ Strike, you are allowing a heavenly gushing of euphoria of Thatcherism. But […]
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