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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

AI… playing god?

Wow… this is when ethics become real. I’ve always felt an equal level of excitement and unease about AI. There are amazing opportunities and possibilities that machines and technology can help us with. But there are also a number of risks around taking humans out of the equation. This example of the driverless car (and …

wow!

  At the National Portrait Gallery for a quick visit before a meeting today, this picture stopped me in my tracks. At first glance it looked like a photograph, but the label stated that it was oil on canvas. Wow! I was really drawn to it and studied the painting for a while. Even on …