Letter from the CEO

The extent to which we undervalue the importance of work is one of the great ironies of modern civilised life. I do not mean that we underestimate the importance of work in terms of its ability to change our lives or to give us the means to provide for our families. I mean the extent to which we undervalue the importance of our work in the development of ourselves within society, and within the constraints of our capacity to grow as human beings. 

Whilst this Quarterly Journal has always been intended to provide a nuanced perspective on banking and finance, we made the decision to focus this issue on the tectonic changes taking place in the world of work more generally. The infiltration into our lives of the micro-robots of social media and the gradual narcissistic effect of the smartphone and the super-app have radically altered the way we perceive ourselves, both within personal relationships and within work relationships. For young aspiring graduates, as well as for experienced professionals, there has never been a more important time to remember that we do not work only to be successful. It is the manner in which we journey in life, and in work, and the attitude we have towards work, that is the distinctive feature – not in terms of success, but more importantly, in terms of happiness.

At Monocle Solutions we provide strategic consulting advice and implementation services in the fields of banking and finance. It is of paramount importance to us that our employees and all of those with whom we interact are fundamentally bettered from the experience, truly in a human sense.

If it is to be that we must study so that we may work, and we must work so that we may succeed, then surely it is an imperative that we should evolve as human beings while doing so.

David Buckham
Chief Executive Officer

Monocle Quarterly Journal Articles

June 25
Theories, systems, and modes of work are changing now faster than ever, thanks largely to the accelerating forces of technology and globalisation leaping across national boundaries, breaking social ba...
June 24
In Ancient Rome, the gladiatorial contests held in grand venues such as the Colosseum were spectacles comparable to the biggest sporting events in existence today. Seating up to 80 000 people from all...
June 24
However, despite the growth of the gig economy and the subsequent change in the nature of employment, labour laws have remained steadfast in maintaining a division between independent contractors and ...
June 24
As a heroic Fire Chief, one may expect Rader to be celebrated for her firefighting prowess, but it has been her brave battle against America’s devastating opioid epidemic that has brought her internat...
June 24
For every security breach, there will be legal and reputational consequences, not only in terms of being liable for sensitive client information being stolen, but perhaps even the physical and life-th...
June 24
Unmotivated employees can be the undoing of any company, no matter the size or industry. Unmotivated employees are unproductive – a drain on company time and resources – and have a nasty habit of spre...
June 24
Early in his career, a young and inexperienced locksmith used to take over an hour with most of his jobs. He frequently encountered difficulties on call-outs, such as picking a new type of lock, resul...
June 24
It is very telling that an objective as pointless as finding the factors for Bitcoin problems has become such a widespread activity, consuming so much energy to achieve so little, other than to find n...
June 24
Viktor Emil Frankl was a renowned psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor, and a keen amateur mountaineer. In perhaps his most famous piece of work, Man’s Search for Meaning (1946), the Austrian doctor recou...
June 24
Amphetamine and methylphenidate are potent central nervous system stimulants and are widely used to treat individuals, mostly children, diagnosed with attention deficit hyper-activity disorder (ADHD),...
June 24
In November of 2016, just three days before the US presidential election, an article was published on the Denver Guardian website that read, “FBI Agent Suspected In Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead In A...
June 24
What this partnership between pure capitalism and medical practice highlights, are questions of ethics and conflicts of interest, played out in the notoriously shady environment of hedge fund manageme...
June 24
Innovation has always been mankind’s way of doing more with less. It could even be argued that using tools to become more efficient and productive is one of the most unique characteristics of our spec...
June 24
For those less thrilled at the prospect of leaving their homes and venturing out alone, the advent of online learning has provided a welcome alternative that enables teachers to conduct lessons with f...
June 24
Jason Reitman’s 2009 film Up in the Airtells the story of Ryan Bingham, a man who has the unusual job of working for an HR company that specialises in assisting with employee terminations. The company...
June 23
Anyone who grew up in the 1990s is familiar with Baz Luhrmann’s spoken song “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”. The song takes the form of a graduation speech set to a mellow background melody, an...

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