A Greater Place to Work – Part 2

A Greater Place to Work – Part 2

Last week’s column showed that banks hold several powerful attractions as potential employers for technologists but they face deep structural challenges and are currently losing the battle for motivational appeal. On the other hand, a crisis can, through necessity,...
A Greater Place to Work – Part 1

A Greater Place to Work – Part 1

Last week a couple of my friends in senior banking technology roles spoke to me about the challenges of re-shaping their organisation so that the right people are working productively in the right roles. As I’ve written before, this isn’t a question that can be...
Is this Heaven?

Is this Heaven?

Heaven, is this Heaven where we are? Where is the halo that should glow ‘round your face? And where are the wings that should grow from your shoulder blades? Show them to me The cliché of a swan gliding serenely over the water is well used as a metaphor for endeavours...
Talent

Talent

In our business you could get the impression that the idea of individual talent is an Anglo-American pathology. As a metaphor for how talent is deployed in an investment bank let’s take a pre-Volcker prop desk. A bunch of traders run different strategies whose...
Why is eCo “eCo”?

Why is eCo “eCo”?

Before her wedding a close friend of mine whose first name began with P was told by an astrologer that to give her marriage the best prospects she should adopt a new name beginning with a K or a V. She now goes by Karina – and as far as I know things are working...
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