RH1Hi – and thanks for visiting my blog.

After a long and relatively successful ‘career, initially as a management consultant then in general management of large teams, organization and people development, in a  series of roles with US-based software companies, I went through my fourth redundancy experience and decided that it was time to quit altogether.  Working had mostly been fun, with some exceptional experiences for which few would ever have the opportunity, and with a number of people I would want to remember (and a lot I would like to forget).  However, when working at a senior level, exposure to strong personalities – some of whom masquerade as small minds (or is it the other way round?) – takes its toll.  I thought it unfair to subject any more sensitive, ill-equipped executives (most of whom were shining examples of the Peter Principle) to my high standards and the siren song of retirement beckoned.

I strongly recommend it – provided that your command of arithmetic is sufficient to ensure that the calculations which say you should survive, avoiding penury, until at least the average life expectancy, are valid.

But seriously, it is a liberating experience.  We moved from the south-east, which I had never really liked, to rural south Shropshire, for reasons that are not clear but mostly serendipitous.

I benefited from an astonishingly good Scottish grammar school education and went to St Andrews University to study mathematics.  Years later, I started studying with the Open University: more for interest than anything else but gave up due to the pressures of work.  Wandering down the various byways of what I came to do, I developed an interest in psychology and decided to complete my OU degree, taking a BSc in Psychology.  Some of the questions which were posed in the course were often referred to as ‘ones for the philosophers’ and I started reading.  That led to an MA in Philosophy, but not in any of the psychology based questions such as consciousness and the nature of feelings and emotions, which were my intended focus, but on the definition of social freedom.

The great thing about being a mature student, where study is for interest and pleasure and not for some career direction, you have the freedom to choose whatever topics really interest you without considering outcomes.  So my bizarre choice of mathematics, psychology, philosophy and modern history simply reflect genuine interest, pleasure and the joy of study.

Doing a PhD is something I have thought about for a long time.  I am attracted by the idea of original research and analysis and leaving my own small contribution to knowledge – there is a lot to discover about my research topic .

I hope to contribute regularly to this blog and document the experience, successes and frustrations as I proceed.  Perhaps progress updates, musings, original writing and research findings.  I have a tendency to go off at tangents as I find things that are (temporarily) more interesting than what I should be focused on and may write about those too.


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