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Confessions of a Reformed Specialist

It’s been a while since a former British Lord Chancellor declared “I think the people of this country have had enough of experts”, striking a populist note in the lead up to the UK’s Brexit referendum.  In Watching the English, an entertaining book recommended to me when I first immigrated to this country, anthropologist Kate Fox writes about the English having “vestigial traces of a ‘culture of amateurism’, involving an instinctive mistrust of professionalism”.  Others have argued about the superiority of generalists in a highly specialised world.1   

Friday Snippet: Being Kind To Yourself

In a recent conversation with Fnality’s CEO, Rhom, he recommended that I should be kinder to myself. I’ve heard it before. In fact, I’ve been hearing this repeatedly since the early days of my career. I would normally do something nice, like a longer weekend, or taking a long bath. However, having investigated this concept recently, I realised that it is not just about doing something nice for yourself; it is about the way you treat yourself, and how you use your inner voice. If you are a person who often says “I am my own worst critic” or hears “don’t be too hard on yourself” the chances are that you may not be very good at being kind to yourself. Many of us are not aware of the unhelpful...

ESG Q&A with Meghan Foreman-Purves

Recently, the Fnality ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) Community of Practice organised a live Q&A session with Meghan Foreman-Purves, Head of Legal, Europe for CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce). It was a session that all of us at Fnality found insightful and inspiring, so we are delighted to share Meghan's experiences and advice around topics such as leadership, overcoming career obstacles, and parenthood in the workplace with a broader audience in this blog post.

Meghan was, until very recently, a Director of CIBC’s UK regulated subsidiary, and has recently been welcomed to the Fnality Community as CIBC’s Board Observer and Shareholder Representative.

Friday Snippet: World Population Day

From the International Day of Friendship to International Asteroid Day, the United Nations’ annual celebration of human life and history aims to bring awareness and offer opportunities for learning and participation across language, health, culture, science, and more. During lockdowns around the world in the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, towns and cities appeared almost deserted overnight; once bustling streets became ghost-towns, before ‘furlough’, ‘social distancing’ and ‘Zoom calls’ were common lexicon. Whereas parts of life seemed to grind to a halt, healthcare was pushed to its limit as hospitals and morgues filled, and communities were put at risk when demand outran supply. No one...

Friday Snippet: International Men's Health Week

Men’s Mental Health Week Blogpost: 

Pride: Wedding Words

It is Pride month again: the special time of the year when the LGBTQ+ community celebrates who we are. In doing so, we also raise awareness of the discrimination and prejudice that our community struggles against, and of the continuing efforts we can all make – whether LGBTQ+ or allies – to promote equality and inclusion.

Friday Snippet: My Inner Cheerleader

Four years ago, my Fnality (formally known as the ‘USC Project’) journey began. I walked into a little office by St Pauls Cathedral that looked like something between the Apple store (read slick and technologically advanced) and a beach hut (read rustic, laid back and the kind of place you wanted to hang out) and contained a handful of geniuses! I took a seat at my new desk and tried to take it all in; new job, new role, new colleagues, new industry, new city. It quickly dawned on me, I’m no longer living in Devon, working in uniform at a major trauma hospital. I’m now working for a super cool technology research and development company in the heart of London, focused on making significant...

Embracing uniqueness. Breaking the mould

Sherif Elkhouly shares how Fnality embraced his uniqueness and created an opportunity for him that broke all moulds!

Pride: Alan Turing

It’s June, the month we celebrate Pride! This year Mohamed Amer would like to honour one of the most influential scientists of modern times, and one of his personal champions: Alan Turing.

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