The New Year is here. Well hello 2018, but I’m not ready for you.

I don’t have anything clever to say; I don’t have any new ideas and I don’t give a flying “fun” pack of festive socks for resolutions. I’m not ready for you because I have barely figured out how I got through the last few weeks of 2017.

The year-end is increasingly a way to place people under maximum pressure while simultaneously telling them to be super happy. TV advertisements rub it in with their knowingly ironic look-at-us-being-an-ordinary-family-with-not-enough-chairs; but instead of exchanging dark looks that would take down a reindeer these adverts are full of people smiling. SMILING for goodness sake!

The week before Christmas is a mix of guessing who I had in mind when the umpteenth box of scented candles arrives at my front door, while also apologising to everyone I work with when I fail to meet their it-would-be-great-if-this-was-finished-by-Christmas-even-though-we-both-know-it-won’t-be-read-until-mid-January deadlines.

New Year then rocks up like an irritating, needy friend of a flatulent bully. Stuff it. January is a shit month anyway and doesn’t deserve to start with a party. It would be better to finish it off with a party; at least we could all be pleased we don’t have see the month again for another year.

In this humbuggery mood the only thing I’m predicting is that I don’t want to read another cheerful PR piece about how my life will be TRANSFORMED by the next i-bot to simultaneously take away my livelihood and remind me of my children’s birthdays. I don’t wish anyone any ill-will; I don’t want to live in a cave and I’m happy people are passionate about their world, but I don’t want transformational i-puffery either. I want to hear about things that REALLY matter.

I long for a press release that isn’t about a self-congratulatory brave new technological world, but instead puts people at the heart of strategy and at the heart of what leadership and success should mean.

  1. Men and women respected equally and paid equally as well.
  2. Policies that truly promote wellbeing and sustainable work practices.
  3. Executives who are kind, generous with their time and interested in doing the right thing.
  4. Clients and their communities seen as long-term relationships to invest in and not short-term units of profit, and
  5. Respecting the family life of everyone employed or otherwise supporting the business.

Now that would lift my mood no end. A business promoting thoughtfulness, kindness and community would be a business worth supporting.

Finally, if I may, I will take this moment to wish you a very Happy New Year; I hope it brings you all you would hope for and thank you as well for reading my occasional rants and mutterings. I really appreciate it.

Take care. Paul.