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Old 14th Jun 2018, 11:26
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Common Purpose?

I keep hearing mumblings about this organisation, but it's hard to find an unbiased explanation of its motives and aims. Can anyone enlighten me?
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Old 14th Jun 2018, 11:45
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There are some who are convinced it's a secret society that's trying to take over the country, but having once attended one of their training courses I'm not at all convinced that conspiracy theory holds up to scrutiny. I was a bit underwhelmed by the course I attended; if anything it was one of the poorer "personal development" courses I've attended, which is saying something, as most were pretty dire. They are a lobby group, for sure, but I don't know anyone amongst my former colleagues who saw them as having any real power. I'd say that, at least within central government, they were a pretty weak influence, if indeed they wielded any influence at all. Most people I met who had anything to do with them viewed them much as I did; just another group pretending they could influence policy via the back door. I do think they have sailed a bit close to the wind with some of their activities, especially given the fact that they charge a lot of money for their services, then try to not-too-subtly make a political point via them. That itself makes them a bit questionable, but other than wasting the training budgets of those senior HR managers that think they have something useful to offer, I'd put them into the category of "Mostly Harmless".

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They promote and represent the behaviours and ethos typical of the temporarily successful but over-ambitious, those parasitic greasy pole climbers that infest the state sector, local government, charities and symbiotic media. It doesn't really cut it when there are shareholders, rivals and customers breathing down your neck to deliver. So their type is rare in the private sector. They aren't some sort of power-dressing Freemasonry alternative, as Freemasons are generally charitable in nature. Just a training organization with a nasty alumni. That alumni are into mutual back-scratching / stabbing. They just groom aspirants to this elevated state (for a fee). Either you see those behaviours as a key to the executive washroom or a bunch of bullshit. Personally I think there is more value for money in a Dale Carnegie book.

Edit: Oh sorry, I see you wanted unbiased Disclosure: I switched private to public sector late career.....
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Quite a cute thing: Common Porpoise | Britishseafishing.co.uk
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Not heard of them until this post - Common Purpose not Common Porpoise!

Having Googled the organision, they sound like a lot of these pseudo elitist groups, “I’ve got it sussed, unlike you plebs therefore, I’m special.” A bit like MENSA, Russell Group, Freemasons, Opus Dei et al.

What does appear to be a bit smelly is the reluctance to name members. Nothing to hide, no reason to be secretive. Unless, of course, they are such a non event that they are trying to ‘big it up’ a bit?!
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Not heard of them until this post - Common Purpose not Common Porpoise!

Having Googled the organision, they sound like a lot of these pseudo elitist groups, “I’ve got it sussed, unlike you plebs therefore, I’m special.” A bit like MENSA, Russell Group, Freemasons, Opus Dei et al.

What does appear to be a bit smelly is the reluctance to name members. Nothing to hide, no reason to be secretive. Unless, of course, they are such a non event that they are trying to ‘big it up’ a bit?!
Tsk !!, have you not been paying attention to the threads here on JB then ?

One poster in particular has tirelessly promoted "Common Purpose" as being responsible for everything from the common cold to the M6 being gridlocked during Friday evening rush hour .....and everything else in between. In fact, the thread about the UK being an Islamic dictatorship should be renamed given "Common Purpose" are, seemingly, well ahead in the forthcoming transformation of the UK into a dictatorship.
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What does appear to be a bit smelly is the reluctance to name members.
Data Protection - GDPR an' all that.
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Old 14th Jun 2018, 16:18
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Tsk !!, have you not been paying attention to the threads here on JB then ?

One poster in particular has tirelessly promoted "Common Purpose" as being responsible for everything from the common cold to the M6 being gridlocked during Friday evening rush hour .....and everything else in between. In fact, the thread about the UK being an Islamic dictatorship should be renamed given "Common Purpose" are, seemingly, well ahead in the forthcoming transformation of the UK into a dictatorship.


I’ve had a quick look at their website and it does seem to have different coloured faces on it, but maybe that’s to lull us all into a false sense of security.

i rather enjoyed Common Purpose’s mission statement though:



The world is becoming more complex and fragmented. Common Purpose UK believes that the best leaders are able to lead across boundaries, and especially lead those with diverse perspectives—from different organizational functions, sectors, generations, geographies, cultures, faiths or beliefs.

Founded in the UK in 1989, Common Purpose UK runs leadership development programmes in the UK that inspire and equip people to work together across boundaries. Through exposing people to new experiences, new leaders and new perspectives, they learn about their own leadership.

For more information on Common Purpose and our leadership programmes across the world, please visit our global site.



This surely must qualify for Pseuds Corner in Private Eye?

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I'm amused at that right-armed salute!!
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I'm amused at that right-armed salute!!
Freudian slip or subliminal message perhaps?
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It's one of these things that they send social workers on to become 'politically correct'.
The result is the typically 'English' malady that results in the disasters we saw with the recent high rise fire. Too much time worrying about politics and covering their backs but opportunities for inefficiency and corruption when it comes to actually doing something practically. Ideology grasped by people who do not have the capabilities to do their jobs properly and a shield to hide behind in order to justify inaction and being 'jobsworths'.
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