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Once upon a time there lived a bad burglar called Bob. Bob was an angry looking person. He looked a bit messy.

Also there lived a good person called Sam. Sam was a policeman and he was nice to people. 

On a rainy day Bob stole 1,754 sparkly jewels from the humongous bank. He also stole 12,367,459,876,890 dollars from the bank because he wanted to be rich. 

When morning arrived Sam had already woken up. He saw Bob with the stolen money. Bob was riding his motorbike. Sam quickly got his bike and started riding towards Bob. When Sam had caught Bob he arrested Bob and Sam put Bob into the black, big, dark jail.

© Eero

Eero sent me this story in April, it is on a wall in our kitchen. 

We met up again this week and talked about sharing it. He wanted to do that. His mum approved. 

If you have comments to share, I’ll pass them on.

G’day, my name is Bruce, I’m the Mathematical Professor of Hydrodynamics at the University of Woolahmaloo. This is my Associate Professor, Charlie, he’s in charge of the sheep-dip.

 

There’s an angry public out there. The term “Ethical Professionalism” brought the tale of Bruce and his hydrodynamics, unbidden, to mind. The Emperor’s New Clothes wasn’t far behind.
 
This blog post and another tomorrow considers some of the realities and challenges facing the Banking and Finance Sectors as they take up their chosen gauntlet of becoming demonstrably ethical. In their own words: “fair, honest and trustworthy”. They want to win their way back into the hearts of the British public. The challenge is human. HR expertise will be part of the solution according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The will to change

Are you ever bemused by high concepts, espoused with a businesslike and evangelical zeal by powerful people? The Finance and Banking leaders are on the bandwagon. With a sense of déjà vu, I wonder how close their pinstripe clad buttocks are to a glowing governmental barbecue.

Good intent

“Ethical Professionalism” is intended to help avoid the possibility of another calamitous meltdown and to build credibility with the public, press and regulators. Work on this concept has been progressing behind the scenes. At the start of his term, the Lord Mayor of London put his weight behind an initiative called Trust and Values in the City; a conference was run in November 2011. There, former city grandee and Chair of Lazard International, Ken Costa spoke on the topic: Reconnecting the Financial and the Ethical; an expressive and apposite title. He has been replaced by Lord (Peter) Mandelson.

 

CIPD CEO, Peter Cheese stated, in the headline on the People Management website: “HR key to restoring trust in Banking.” This suggests how training, change and development skills, amongst others, are required. Lady Susan Rice advised the importance of “our behaviours, our mindset, our judgements;” and went on to state the need for “Ethical Professionalism” (my capitals) throughout; perhaps she coined the term. The CBI is offering a Code of Ethics and Professionalism in the Banking and Finance Industry; a serious endorsement from a major British Institution.

So far so good?

The term “Ethical Professionalism” made me smile. I recall how, a couple of years ago, the CIPD reported a significant majority of survey respondents not knowing what “Talent Management” was. Talent Management seems to be more mainstream now. 
 
Can Ethical Professionalism move forward at pace; from a concept and policy to reality? It is a good idea if it really happens. 

Will the process of delivery be equal to the intent? 

Will it transform our relationship with, and our views on, the Banking and Finance sectors; to name but two categories? 

Might some other areas gain from a spot of soul-searching? Let’s not forget our politicians. You can find the second post on the banks at Naughty Banks… a very British solution.

© Mac Logan
 
Mac Logan lives near Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the author of The Angels’ Share thriller series. You can see Mac talking about his writing.
 
The Angels’ Share and DarkArt, are available as are two back-stories Fumble and The First Battle. All are published by Fantastic Books Publishing.
 
Mac will soon be releasing series non-fiction books on the human aspects of work.
 

 

You can contact Mac here. Follow Mac on Twitter: @MacLogan_writes

… Scottish Women’s Football, that’s what.



The person that said winning isn’t everything, never won anything. Mia Hamm

Flowing grace, athleticism and commitment. Those are characteristics of a team that’s 12th in Europe and 21st in the world. Much better than the men and a great deal worse off … go figure.


Yesterday I met a young woman who plays as an international for Scotland. There were no bells and whistles. Nor was there an aura of celebrity. Just an attractive young woman who I wouldn’t recognise in the street.

Our Scottish women might one day top the world! But will we ever find out? What’s stopping them? Media invisibility and a lack of money. As far as I’m concerned, that must change. And, as for the footballer I met:



What’s she got?

  • ability
  • a positive attitude
  • the grit to train and work as well
  • more than 40 international caps
  • great potential for another 7 or 8 years at the top
Fantastic you may say … sounds good, doesn’t it? 

Not as good as it could be. Wake-up! Here is a gifted young person who has no properly funded way of finding out where her potential might take her. Nightmare! Fellow Scot, Kim Little, playing professionally in England, has just been named (the first ever) Professional Footballers’ Association Women’s Player of the Year. This is a rightable wrong. There are gold nuggets here.

What’s she missing?

  • pay, enough to allow her to train and rest full time
  • a complete professional support mechanism and facilities 
  • resources to realise her potential
Our government and press exhort us to ‘be all you can be’. The SFA doesn’t appear too interested. Here we have a team that has the potential to vastly out perform their male counterparts and which may soon be even better. They might even qualify for the next women’s World Cup. If they did, would anyone notice?

This is a cause worth getting behind. Help put Scottish Women’s Football on the map and find a way to help our players realise their potential. If you live in a country like the USA where resources are available for women’s sport … lend your voices; let’s make a noise! 

As my writing gains support so my resources will flow towards my charities and Scottish Women’s Football.

© Mac Logan

Mac Logan lives near Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the author of The Angels’ Share thriller series. You can see Mac talking about his writing.

The Angels’ Share and DarkArt, are available as are two back-stories Fumble and The First Battle. All are published by Fantastic Books Publishing.

Mac will soon be releasing series non-fiction books on the human aspects of work. Find out more here.


You can contact Mac here. Follow Mac on Twitter: @MacLogan_writes

Sore feet. Interesting contacts.

How do you spot a dignitary at the London Book Fair? They don’t wear badges. If I were coming again I would attend on day one. 

You may feel out of it as an unknown author. Yet everywhere the evidence of the need for authors is on the posters, products and peoples’ lips. 

Many folk seem overwhelmed by an excited energy. Old friends meet old friends. New guys, even in kilts get smiles but not the come on … till later.

I met a helpful person from Books from Scotland. It’s nice how our little country helps us. I’ve been invited to a whisky tasting they’re running. Anyone wants to accompany me … get in touch. 

There are a couple of authors who’ve taken stands. One was Carmelo Bucca an interesting man on a spiritual mission. I liked him. The common ground we attending writers share is a belief we have to be here to connect. Will we be proven right?


© Mac Logan

Mac Logan lives near Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the author of The Angels’ Share thriller series. You can see Mac talking about his writing.

The Angels’ Share and DarkArt, are available as are two back-stories Fumble and The First Battle. All are published by Fantastic Books Publishing.

Mac will soon be releasing series non-fiction books on the human aspects of work. Find out more here.

You can contact Mac here. Follow Mac on Twitter: @MacLogan_writes


The London Book Fair that is …

London loves the kilt. As I bussed and walked down to Earls Court I’ve been constantly talked to by admirers of the kilt … They were friendly and welcoming in a way I’ve never experienced before.

Stop the ethnicity, you say. What about London Book Fair?

The scale is large yet a lot of the conversations seem parochial. I’ve been to my share of trade shows. In LBF you can see stands with people looking inwards. I’m here. I’m in. And I’m an outsider; maybe all authors are.

Orientation is all. For the next few hours I’m going to attend some sessions and explore.


© Mac Logan

Mac Logan lives near Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the author of The Angels’ Share thriller series. You can see Mac talking about his writing.

The Angels’ Share and DarkArt, are available as are two back-stories Fumble and The First Battle. All are published by Fantastic Books Publishing.

Mac will soon be releasing series non-fiction books on the human aspects of work. Find out more here.

You can contact Mac here. Follow Mac on Twitter: @MacLogan_writes

Do you believe in coincidences? An interesting thing happened on my trip to the London Book Fair.

Strangers on a train … Okay, it’s a movie title. Yesterday it was as relevant as any trip on a big UK express. A long, thin tube full of people, who don’t know each other, charging south as the landscape, towns and weather changes in the flat-screen windows.

I ended up sharing a four person table. Opposite me an industrious woman pounded away on her laptop. She barely lifted her head for a couple of hours except to eat some food, eyes still glued to the screen. Once or twice her mobile pinged and was lifted for scrutiny; a tapped reply, then back to work.

When her phone rang, she settled back in her seat, read the caller ID and, face relaxing, she started a conversation.

Trains aren’t the best place in the world to talk on a mobile. I didn’t listen hard, but I couldn’t help overhearing some key words: ‘writers’, ‘Book Fair’. Who or what was she? Author? Publisher? Agent? I decided to find out. When the call ended, I introduced myself and our shared destination. She was only one Scotland’s best known Literary Agents … in fact she rejected me a few years back.

We had a pleasant conversation. This is what I learned:

Don’t be offended: Authors (product creators) are often cold-shouldered by agents and some publishers at LBF. Nothing personal … only business. The main focus is selling rights.

Big Change is afoot: With technology and delivery improvements comes huge opportunity … for some.

Advances are lower: GBP 20k is the new GBP 70k. That puts Literary Agents under pressure.

I think that one of the major pressures is Change. Agents are just as affected as authors. In fact all of this industry are under pressure.

My travelling partner seemed surprised that, with a publisher on board, I’d seek a Literary Agent. I’ll explain why in another post. Right now I better get my kilt on and head off for my first taste of the London Book Fair. Stay tuned.


PS: if you use Blogger on the iPad write your text somewhere else. I lost the first half of this …


© Mac Logan

Mac Logan lives near Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the author of The Angels’ Share thriller series. You can see Mac talking about his writing.

The Angels’ Share and DarkArt, are available as are two back-stories Fumble and The First Battle. All are published by Fantastic Books Publishing.

Mac will soon be releasing series non-fiction books on the human aspects of work. Find out more here.

You can contact Mac here. Follow Mac on Twitter: @MacLogan_writes

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