same place, new eyes

How lovely to visit here again for a meeting today! It is always a particular feeling to return as a visitor to somewhere that used to be very familiar. We feel like we belong somehow, but not quite fully. We know our way around, but there are some subtle changes so we quickly re-adapt to …

moo!

Met this fellow today whilst on a walk with some colleagues. We had spent the morning discussing social change on a local level, and took a break to re-energize the brain. Space matters to our creativity and effectiveness, and if there is any greenery near you, try and visit it as often as possible!

making webinars engaging

Yesterday, I ran a webinar for the Corporate IT Forum (CITF) on coaching skills in the workplace. It had quite a large number of registrations so was clearly a topic that caught some interest. What I enjoyed the most was thinking about how to present the material in an interesting way, and how to engage …

to change or not to change?

Today I had the pleasure of visiting the Cabinet Office to learn all about the workings of the brain and how to apply the latest neuroscience for effective leadership. My main take-away is that aversion to change is a myth! The aversion is in fact to negative consequences. Change that we expect to be detrimental …

what’s your super-power?

  Last week, I was thrilled to be one of the speakers at the conference “Gallery of Success”, organized by the Business Club at the American University of Bulgaria. I thoroughly enjoy being involved with students. Contrary to senior leadership, they are at the beginning of their career and have an energy and creativity that …

office or leisure center?

Yesterday, I attended a panel discussion on blended space, and what the impact was on the workplace. Buildings are now designed to provide increasingly flexible uses as we see a change in lifestyles and what employees expect of their employers (like having coffee shops, nurseries, yoga classes etc… on the premises). One topic that came …

in a bubble

I love seeing what new products are being developed, and here is one that particularly caught my eye! (https://panasonic.net/design/flf/works/wear-space/) This device from Panasonic is designed to shield the wearer from surrounding noise and visual distractions. It creates your own little personal space in busy and crowded environments, like in open space offices or public transport. …

on diversity…

Last week I spent some time hanging out at the Institute of Engineering and Technology for a little while and this poster caught my eye. AI is all around us and like many I feel ambivalent towards the steady advances of technology. Earlier this week I was at a talk about ‘How we make decisions …

which one shall it be?

Today I attended a talk at the RSA by Steven Johnson about ‘How we make the decisions that matter’. By this he refers to so-called full-spectrum decisions, or those that have implications on many levels. My main take-away is that many decisions tend to be “whether or not”. These generally fail though regardless of which …

morning chat or morning dash?

Walking through Covent Garden one morning this week, I watched the stall holders set up. Anyone familiar with this spot in London will know how busy and bustly it will be in a few hours’ time! But for now, they are sipping their coffees, catching up with their fellow market sellers, and unpacking their wares …