Welcome to Organisational Life
May 31, 2010 2 Comments
Ok, so this is my first post. It feels good, and slightly strange…
Professionally, I guess I’d say that I’m a psychologist that works in change management and organisational development. Broadly speaking, that is. Outside of work I have a beautiful wife and two fantastic kids (or is that a fantastic wife and 2 beautiful kids) and compete in masters swimming. Last year I was British Champion in 3 events and 5th in the world in one.
How I got here: I started off in IT, doing vaguely technical work on big (SAP) systems implementations but that was never going to be me. I took a couple of years out to become a sport psychologist, which was great, but I find organisational issues and dynamics more interesting that individual performance, so I went back into consulting. I worked in People and Change consulting for a few years before joining Apter International – from a 600-ish to a 4 person practice – thanks to my interest in Reversal Theory (which is a general theory of motivation and emotion). There I headed up Employee Research and Psychometrics, did both qualitative and quantitative projects, and became really interested in things like Employee Engagement.
I’m currently managing change at a much bigger company.
I guess the reason I’m blogging now is that I’m a thinker, quite a critical one too and, to be honest, it isn’t something that is valued where I am right now. So I need an outlet.
I’ll be blogging about organisational life – employee engagement, psychology, motivation, leadership and change. As well as a load of other things, I expect. A bog influence on my thinking is Michael Apter’s Reversal Theory, so I’ll blog about that too.
I hope to be quite challenging, so expect to be challenged back. Please leave comments!