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About thesocialenterprise

The Social Enterprise was established in 2007 by David Russell to develop creative and innovative approaches for individuals and organisations that seek to deliver social value. We work with charities and businesses, and our starting point on any project is to determine how we will generate a return on investment in our services – whether through a more effective working approach or delivering greater social impact.

Your Unlived Life

I have referenced previously Donald Winnicot, in relation to the Good-Enough Job, but he also wrote about the distinction between the “true self” and “false self” which we develop in infancy, and often carry with us into adulthood. In this … Continue reading

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Lessons learned at 80

I am not sure how I came across this address on Lessons Learned in His First 80 Years by Byron Wien, who at 88 is still Vice-Chair of the investment firm Blackstone. Though I was really struck by these 20 … Continue reading

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Half life

As I approach 44, the same age Miranda Sawyer was when she wrote this article ‘I have lived over half of my life’ I ponder many of the same questions that she considers. In it she gets insights from Oliver … Continue reading

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Personal Renewal

I subscribe to the Farnam Street blog and podcast, which is a great source of wisdom with in-depth interviews with an array of people that have figured things out. They post some fascinating historical articles, including this transcript of a … Continue reading

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Following your passion, or not

Dan Cable writes in the Harvard Business Review that contrary to popular belief, conveyed by the likes of Steve Jobs, we should not necessarily follow our passion when choosing what work we do… “if you’re looking to find a career … Continue reading

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Focus on what you can control

Massimo Pigliucci writes in Aeon about the power of the stoical perspective, and in particular that of Epictetus, that “if you truly understand the difference between what is and what is not under your control, and act accordingly, you will … Continue reading

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The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis

Jonathan Rauch writing in The Atlantic sets out the research on the “midlife crisis” which identifies a Happiness U-Curve, where life satisfaction reaches an ebb when a person is in their 40s. As he notes, this marks a “difficult yet … Continue reading

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The Good-Enough Job

Thinking about work transitions, then the concept of “good enough”- first introduced by Donald Winnicott in respect to the “good-enough mother” – is an important one. I have been giving some consideration of my various working roles – as a … Continue reading

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Moving on

Oliver Burkeman is a fount of great wisdom, which I first realised reading one of his essays back in college. He was two years older than I, but we both studied Social and Political Sciences. He conveyed more in three … Continue reading

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Work Transitions

This post is the first in a series of articles on the decisions and transitions we make in our working lives, and what at times holds us back from doing so. The series will include resources and links that will be … Continue reading

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