Monthly Archives: November 2017

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Mastermind

I wonder what the word ‘Mastermind’ means to you? For some it may bring back memories of placing coloured pegs into round holes, to break codes. For others, it might be a TV quiz show. For me however, it means something completely different. Imagine you have an important problem, the classic approach to solving it is to find a colleague or friend to turn to for advice. Although this trusted method can work, for complex problems there is a much better way – one that only takes an hour to kick off.  We at Bayard call it ‘Mastermind’ but other [...]

2017-11-28T09:22:09+00:00 0 Comments

Simplification

As I head towards the year end, on top of all the other stuff I am doing, I am clearing my life of all unnecessary complexity. When I say life, I mean business life.  Not only am I cleaning up data, I am cleaning up my actual businesses too. When I last counted I had 9 VAT numbers that I was responsible for! And although I am not the sole director of four of them, it still leaves a bunch over that need governance and managing.  So I am simplifying things. I am reducing the number of credit cards and [...]

2017-11-28T09:19:01+00:00 0 Comments

Please don’t put me in a box

Millennials, Baby boomers, Generation X, Generation Z, Sloane Rangers, Yuppies, like it or not and… I do not, we have a need to put people in to boxes. I have had a varied career, including time in the Police and the Military, but I do not talk about myself as being, ‘ex-military’ or ‘ex-police’. Except for the odd blog here and there, I hardly ever mention it. Most of the people in my social and work circle, have no idea about my past, and any police or military history is more likely to be brought up in a conversation by [...]

2017-11-22T09:13:08+00:00 0 Comments

The meaning of urgent

Anyone who’s had the fortune (or misfortune, depending how you look at it) of working with me knows that I cannot stand the use of the acronym ASAP (as soon as possible). I hate it because it leaves the recipient to decide when a task should be delivered.  “I could possibly deliver it after I have completed all my other tasks, not sure exactly when that will be”.  Whereas the word ‘Urgent’ has a definition all of its own. Urgent, according to the Shorter Oxford Dictionary, is an old French word coming from the latin ‘urgere’, meaning ‘demanding or requiring [...]

2017-11-14T08:04:31+00:00 0 Comments

Captain of a ship

When asked what they want to be when they grow up, many boys reply “a policeman” or “fireman”. Cleaning up the attic the other day, reminded me that I always wanted to be the “captain of a ship” (hence me finding a box full of my attempts to draw large ships). Apart from going on a cruise, my encounters with ships have been extremely limited since my childhood days and my career did not follow the path the 5-year-old in me expected. But then again, did it ever follow any obvious flow? I graduated as a telecom engineer and after [...]

2017-11-07T21:11:25+00:00 0 Comments