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laughter or asparagus: which do you want to be remembered by?

Many of us will have come across the idea in one form or another of our legacy, of what we want to be remembered for, or what we want to see inscribed on our gravestone. It is a rather impactful way of taking perspective and seeing the bigger picture! I recently came across 2 different …

where’s your bike?

I enjoyed speaking about de-cluttering at the AGM of the metfriendly, a financial services organization for the police. Everyone I talked to, either at the beginning of the event or afterwards, had a story about clutter. There were even two separate stories of garages which both involved climbing over boxes to reach bicycles! One person …

time for a system update?

Another day, another tech conference in a fabulous building! This was Bloomberg’s Sooner Than You Think in Central Hall Westminster, looking at the tech industry as a whole both in the UK and globally. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond was one of the many speakers, and he covered how the UK government supports the …

tech and chandeliers

What a venue for a tech conference! The Merchant Taylor’s Hall was certainly an atmospheric spot for the CIOWaterCooler Live event that made a change from your standard day in the office. My highlights were seeing some familiar faces, thinking about the difference between innovation and disruption, learning about blockchain and trying to make sense …

room with a view

A few weeks ago I enjoyed hanging out with this great view, at the annual ICF conference. It was an interesting day and I learned a lot, as well as enjoying seeing so many colleagues again and feeling part of a tribe. My main takeaway is the importance of a leadership team working well together …

a walk in the woods

Last week I had a walking meeting with a colleague in some local woods. It was a real treat to be out in the sunny weather! We set out on a trail that was marked with posts like these. Even though they were set at regular intervals, we still had a few spots where we …

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 …