how much is too much?

I have to admit, I’m exhausted just looking at this cover… 174 gadgets rated! 100 best apps! Now don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of novelty and cool, useful, creative, innovative stuff as much as the next person. But when I read these headlines, my brain shuts down. I can’t even entertain the …

emotional clutter and the Chinese New Year

A little while back, I visited the moon exhibition at the National Maritime museum in Greenwich. It had a whole section on how the moon influenced civilizations and their beliefs for millenia. This one item particularly struck me. It is an ancient Chinese lunar almanac, dated 877 CE, which according to Chinese tradition should be …

to build or not to build?

I attended an interesting and thought-provoking panel discussion this evening, on not building tech if you don’t need to. The views of course diverged at times, but there was an overall agreement that developments should be driven by a bigger over-arching purpose of the business, rather than implementing small tactical solutions to jump on various …

yep, tidy bedrooms matter!

They matter because they affect our sleep. And better sleep means: better health (physical and mental), more energy, more balanced moods, better food choices… and the list goes on. But most importantly, better sleep means more concentration and much better decision-making. And as a leader in a business-critical role, that matters hugely. So a small …

changing the big stuff is hard

I enjoyed reading Nigella Lawson’s column in the last The Times Style magazine! She talks about being a mess magnet and embracing the chaos, but most of all about knowing herself and accepting who she is. She doesn’t like the mess, but she has stopped beating herself up about it as she knows that tidying …

uncovering the Shard’s secrets!

Looking up from the platform at London Bridge, I spotted for the first time this maintenance arm in action on the Shard building. I had never really given much thought to how anyone might access the exterior, but now I know! An essential tool that is camouflaged and hidden when not required comes out to …

what’s your sign?

I came across this A-board and it made me smile! How often do we hear people talk about signs which have nudged or inspired them to make a change? Change is hard. It takes us out of our comfort zone. It requires effort to examine our mental clutter, to recognize our habits and to craft …

who’s the teddy?

Last weekend, these were my learning tools! I attended a very interesting and thought-provoking session led by Sandra Wilson at Coaching Development on uncovering our unconscious mind in our coaching practice. The key to this is the use of metaphors and symbols to represent a situation, prompting us to think about people and relationships through …

say what?

Really good day today at CIO WaterCooler Live London! A comment by chair summed things up quite nicely: “We have a room full of technologists but it’s still all about culture and people”. But then I suppose that that’s what everything usually boils down to anyway. I ran a breakout session on communication and listening. …

what’s your plan?

Today, I met a client who I have been working with for a while. He was on to see his financial adviser after our meeting to discuss planning for his pension. This in itself is not that unusual. What is a bit more unusual is how very different this is from where he was one …