Tag Archives: Quiet Competence

Carrying On

We certainly aren’t British. After those terrorist bombings in London a few years ago – in the Tube not the subway of course – that city was plastered with posters that said it all – “Keep Calm and Carry On.” … Continue reading

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The Music Man

Harold Hill in The Music Man – and the even-better film version of it – was a charming rogue. But he was a total fraud. He wasn’t Professor Harold Hill, the travelling music instructor, there to organize a River City … Continue reading

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The Lights Are Still On

Anyone who has worked in a large organization knows how it works – keep your head down and do good work, being quietly but superbly competent, and you’ll get nowhere. You won’t fall, but you won’t rise. You’ll be Old … Continue reading

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Spinning What Didn’t Actually Happen

For Sherlock Holmes it was the dog that didn’t bark in the night: Gregory: “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?” Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.” Gregory: … Continue reading

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The Irresistible Urge to Overreact to Prove Your Seriousness

Okay, it was Paris, at Charles De Gaulle International Airport (CDG – or Charlie to some, or Chuck). It was the morning of December 23, 2001 – standing in line to check the bags full of Christmas presents for the … Continue reading

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