I sat in a meeting this morning facilitating a difficult discussion, wishing I could have bottled the experience in the Andes to share with these people. That selfless desire to help others succeed and the determination to do something incredible was a heady mixture.
Strong scrutiny is essential to good legislation. This Government have demonstrated a track record of ducking, diving and dodging scrutiny. If the Government truly believe in the programme they are implementing, they should not be afraid of proper debate, and should be able to demonstrate greater respect for parliament and for democracy.
A lot of people switch off when someone tells them they should 'love what they do' but I genuinely find it shocking that anyone would fulfil a role for 35 hours a week that does not leave them feeling satisfied, valued and content.
On International Women's Day, I'm calling for businesses across the nations of the United Kingdom to think and act on diversity and equality, if not now then when? Should be their mantra - it can only be good for business.
3909 words. That's how many words I have written and how many words I have to learn for my theatre and comedy tour launching this month. No pressure then!
The one hard-and-fast rule about a 'Plan B' is to make sure there is one. The farming industry - at the whim in recent years of foot and mouth, bovine TB, crop disease, droughts, flooding, and commodity price crashes to name but a few - understands of the importance of a fall-back plan.
In the past, a focus on creating a positive culture may have been derided or denigrated as a "soft" or "feminine" business skill. Going forward it will no longer be seen as a nice-to-have; it will be the difference between surviving and thriving in business.
This morning Facebook UK announced - via the BBC's Kamal Ahmed - that it would start booking sales in the UK. So, welcome news. But (and you knew I was going to say this) let's not get carried away.
How is working in one business going to make a dent in the development problem of Zambia? It will have a tiny impact on its own. But add up all those tiny impacts, and it is estimated that 500 businesses will be helped by Challenges Worldwide across Africa over the next three years, influencing the lives of 250,000 people. One small step at a time, and the new face of volunteering can help to give developing nations the tools to reach economic prosperity on their own.
Will we ever have gender equality in financial services? Genuine equality - parity of earnings, representation on boards and recognition of women's talent, merit and contribution, in exactly the same way men have enjoyed since the City began?
Simple really, people have feelings. Customers, employees, and pets, all have feelings. We care about feelings The customer experience and employee...
KFC and McDonald's have announced they will be banning under 18s from some of their branches unless they're accompanied by an adult... I've seen more fights between drunk adults at 2am then I have between teens.
With evidence showing that people want more control over the economy, their workplace and their communities, and a new programme of support for co-operatively run organisations, is now the time for the co-operative option?
Many of the employment rights we now take for granted - things like health and safety protections and legal entitlement to breaks - were secured through hard-fought battles by trade unions and their members. It's up to young workers to act together to resist new forms of exploitation.
My friend Alex once told me he made the most money in the Jacuzzi. He wasn't a gigolo, although he might have liked to have been. No, what he was talking about were the ideas that came to him when he was relaxed.
The break-in alarm wouldn't stop screaming - and I knew I was screwed. Just as self-made multi-millionaire Brian Scudamore, the person I was about t...