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Our future is circular

Are you happy in your organisational box? Or have you left it for a network, or a community, or even a tribe? Last Thursday, I had the pleasure to speak about the future of our organisational boxes at our  recent Partnership event 'Digital Transformation: what's next?’ A few years ago many people started to ‘think out of the box’ but now I say it’s time to jump out of our organizational boxes. After all, who likes to be put in a box, especially an organizational one? However, still today, many companies draw their organisational boxes and put their employees into [...]

2017-12-06T12:02:10+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

Spreading one’s butter too thinly

There’s one thing I know I can rightly be accused of, trying to share my time across too many activities.  And it’s strange because these days, on paper, I have plenty of free time. Self-diagnosis confronts me with two likely causes:  1. I am interested in everything.  2. I hate to say ‘no’.  But I am sure I am not the only one? Some people tell me I am not normal, this may be true but is it bad to have multiple projects at the same time, after all I hardly ever watch TV? If we take the common three [...]

2017-10-24T10:08:41+00:00 0 Comments

Doing what you love

It is commonly known that I am motor racing fan, and take a special interest in McLaren. In a recent post showing their financial results for 2016, I noticed that they are celebrating their fourth consecutive year of profitability with a record 3,286 McLarens sold in 2016 and a 70 percent increase of profit before tax. This is just six years after selling their first car! So, what have McLaren got that has allowed them to achieve these results? Clearly, they have a loyal and fast growing customer base but how? Up until recently, I was always a Porsche 911 [...]

2017-07-18T07:12:28+00:00 0 Comments