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how dark is your data?

This was one amongst many topics discussed in last week’s very interesting event by CIO WaterCooler on managing data complexity. Unsurprisingly, dark data (data that is being generated and stored by companies, but not used in any way) accounts on average for more than half of all the data held. What huge untapped potential! It’s …

make the future happen!

Last month, I visited The Moon Exhibition at the London Maritime Museum in Greenwich. This reflecting telescope was built by James Nasmyth in 1850-52 and was one of the biggest at the time, allowing detailed views of the moon. What a piece of engineering! Telescopes are great to reveal what appears like a fleck far …

today’s green is all about chocolate!

This week I worked with a client who wanted to introduce a new daily routine. Knowing that they would find it difficult to stick to their commitment, they started contemplating how they could punish themselves if they didn’t complete their daily task. Rather than exploring possible punishments, I asked how they might reward themselves instead. …

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 …