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Reasons to be Cheerful..1 2 3


Mike Morrison and Peter Cook look back at 2008, see how many references you can find in this rendition of Ian Durys’ “reasons to be cheerful”

Why don't you get back to work?
Why don't you get back to work?
Why don't you get back to work?

Reasons to be cheerful part 3

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‘Aitch ‘Arr strategy
At the ‘Ammersmith Palais
From Wimbledon to Calais
Then the Bolshoi Ballet

Blogroll, Payroll, Spam roll
Can HR save your (moral) soul?
Sex, Drugs and (Northern) Rock’n’Roll
I’d rather a fig roll

Lookin’ at your Facebook
Hired your social network
Now I need your Outlook (address book)
You can buy my black book

Madonna an’ Ritchie
Make me very itchy
Ulrich makes me twitchy
His model is a peachy

Selection and rejection
Reflection and ejection
HR transformation
Change or stagnation?

From Handy to Honey
It’s all money, money
And the work’s kinda funny
To Pink, Floyd and mummy

Kubler, Clarkson or Ross
Change, is it all just loss?
It’s all a candy floss
Or just kinda dross?

CI-PD in Pic-a- dill-y
All balls and no willy
Rather me in Billericay
Don’t be a hero, Billy

Charles Handy words are dandy
About the new HR candy
But after several shandies
She turned out to be Ghandi

Competence, omnipotence
Trouble at Merrill Lynch
Banking flatulence
Career impotence

HR fads, woollies, virgins
The banks they are ‘a mergin’
The policies they are ‘a changin’
I just wanna be a pagan

HR guru is it true?
HR consulting for you?
Just a virtue or make do?
Google does it, yahoo!

Reasons to be cheerful 1 2 3

Peter and Mike are thinking of recording this song in a professional recording studio in 2009. If you would like to join us, we are looking for musicians and singers who want an unusual day out to join us in the production of this piece. Contact us for more details.

Mike Morrison is director of RapidBI Ltd, a consulting and training company specialising in organisational development and the development of high performing teams and individuals. For more information go to

Peter Cook is a Business Academic, author of “Sex, Leadership and Rock’n’Roll”, acclaimed by Tom Peters. Peter is the ‘Jack Black’ of the consultancy world, preferring Pink Floyd and Prince to Pink Champagne and Prince Charles. Alongside his proper credentials, he performs with a number of rock and punk acts, from John Otway and The Fall through to ‘Mrs Loud’, who sang with Meatloaf. He has shared a stage with Ian Dury’s bass player, Mr Norman Watt Roy. His websites are Academy-of-rock and

Mike Morrison


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