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Reviews of Tom's book, Lions, Liars, Donkeys and Penguins


"A very valuable reminder that, at its worst, and even with the best of intent to begin with, our experience of a really bad bureaucracy can be no different from tyranny." 

Rory Sutherland

Vice-Chairman Ogilvy

"The ongoing struggle Tom and his family have experienced in accessing truth and justice is one faced by too many people in the UK to this day. This book is an important reflection on that struggle, and on the defensiveness of public services who failed Alison when she needed them most." 

Deborah Coles 

Executive Director INQUEST

"This tragic tale is representative of the general failure of our institutions to act morally, whose leaders worry more about their reputation than their organisation's purpose. Insightful, compelling and disturbing." 

John Seddon

Managing Director Vanguard 

About Cormetis

 About Tom

The name Cormetis combines the root of the word courage, Cor the Latin word for heart, which in its early form meant to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart, and Metis, the Titan Goddess of good counsel, planning, and wisdom. To speak one's mind by telling one's heart is not always easy in organisations where cultural conformity and compliance, explicit or implied, dominate. 

I established Cormetis to provide specialist consultancy founded on extensive lived, learned, and professional experience. The unique insights I possess are the product of over three decades of experience and observation and a personal commitment to lifelong learning. My expertise is in the area of wilful blindness and ethical fading, how they are shaped by, and how they influence organisational culture. I understand the costs they incur, the impact they have on people and performance, and their effect on levels of trust within and around organisations. 

I work alone or with trusted and experienced associates to help organisations, teams, and individuals identify, unearth, understand, and address the forces shaping their organisations culture and behaviours. I work with compassion, sensitivity, empathy, and discretionI am a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

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