Tag «de-cluttering»

what gives you a sense of purpose?

June is a busy month! With summer on its way and the long days giving us much more energy, it is the season for village fetes, music festivals and summer parties. One of the events in the calendar is a big town-wide community event that I organize in my home town of Tunbridge Wells: 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 …

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 …

what’s on your desk?

I was delighted to be invited by Owen James to deliver the keynote at last week’s Meeting Of Minds. I spoke about de-cluttering, about why the stuff we accumulate matters, about how our digital clutter affects us even though we don’t notice it as much, and about how our emotional clutter also gets in the …

the art of self-disruption?

Today I attended a very interesting talk on the Power of Diverse Thinking by Matthew Syed. We all know that diversity is meant to be a good thing, and there is now also a fair amount of empirical data to show that this is the case. Diversity however is also not always relevant, it is …

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 …