Worthwhile Work

Posted by & filed under Middlemarch, Work.

Two quotes from a novel written in 1871 seem particularly apposite: “You must have a pride in your own work and in learning to do it well, and not be always saying ‘There’s this and there’s that – if I had this or that to do, I might make something of it.’ No matter what… Read more »

Lives Well Lived

Posted by & filed under Banking ethics, Challenge, Conduct, Culture, Curiosity, Ethics, Investigations, journalism, Reputation, Richard Hoare, Role models, Sir Harry Evans.

Earlier this year, Richard “Tigger” Hoare died, sadly one of this year’s many Covid fatalities. His Times obituary can be found here. A highly capable banker of the old school, coming from a long-standing banking family who still own the family bank established in 1672, he was proud to state: “I have never minded challenging things,… Read more »

The Light of Knowledge

Posted by & filed under Learning, Teaching, Thomas Jefferson.

It was Thomas Jefferson who in 1813 compared the passing on of knowledge to one candle being lit from another. ”He who receives an idea from me receives instruction himself without lessening mine, as he who lights his taper off mine receives light without darkening me.” It is a luminously expressed description of the way… Read more »