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Thought Pieces gathers the latest thinking and ideas from The School of Life for Business. Here you’ll find insightful essays exploring the challenges facing professionals today and the emotional skills required to meet them.

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On Innovation and the Hero’s Engine

It seems reasonable to suggest that the principle of innovation drove Ancient Greek engineers to develop the first steam engine known to history. The fundamental ideas that would inspire the…

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Navigating Bureaucracy

Most of us grow up at the centre of a very responsive world. Parents re-organise their lives so as to accommodate the needs of their offspring. They spend a good…

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Why Play Is a Serious Business

Play, in most people’s minds, is the opposite of work. To hear the word is to remember childhood afternoons spent running around a garden, chasing insects and splashing puddles. Or…

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On Getting an Early Night

There’s a pattern that goes like this: it’s late, given when we’ve got to wake in the morning, but instead of going to bed, we stay up. The next day,…

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The Passionate Path vs. the Safe Path

When it comes to deciding what to do with our lives, we are frequently presented with what looks like a very painful choice: the passionate path vs the safe path.…

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What to Say to Your Inner Critic

Who we are, at work, can be subtly different from who we are elsewhere in our lives. Being confronted with a particular task or responsibility can summon aspects of our…

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On Self-Awareness in the Workplace

What is self-awareness? For the person who possesses a glittering CV and a dazzling array of qualifications, who enjoys an enviably high salary and shoulders all its accompanying prestige and…

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The Duty Trap

We start off in life being very interested in pleasure and fun. In our earliest years, we do little but hunt out situations that will amuse us, pursuing our hedonistic…

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