Tag «mental clutter»

how many air miles are you doing every day?

I have written about this before, about the invisible carbon footprint of our digital activity. But this puts it into perspective! (source: Wired magazine, Jan 2020) Our e-mails, chats, Google searches, YouTube watches, weather checks… they all happen as if by magic. But these are powered by vast data centres, which are built in remote …

how much is too much?

I have to admit, I’m exhausted just looking at this cover… 174 gadgets rated! 100 best apps! Now don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of novelty and cool, useful, creative, innovative stuff as much as the next person. But when I read these headlines, my brain shuts down. I can’t even entertain the …

to build or not to build?

I attended an interesting and thought-provoking panel discussion this evening, on not building tech if you don’t need to. The views of course diverged at times, but there was an overall agreement that developments should be driven by a bigger over-arching purpose of the business, rather than implementing small tactical solutions to jump on various …

yep, tidy bedrooms matter!

They matter because they affect our sleep. And better sleep means: better health (physical and mental), more energy, more balanced moods, better food choices… and the list goes on. But most importantly, better sleep means more concentration and much better decision-making. And as a leader in a business-critical role, that matters hugely. So a small …

who’s the teddy?

Last weekend, these were my learning tools! I attended a very interesting and thought-provoking session led by Sandra Wilson at Coaching Development on uncovering our unconscious mind in our coaching practice. The key to this is the use of metaphors and symbols to represent a situation, prompting us to think about people and relationships through …

say what?

Really good day today at CIO WaterCooler Live London! A comment by chair summed things up quite nicely: “We have a room full of technologists but it’s still all about culture and people”. But then I suppose that that’s what everything usually boils down to anyway. I ran a breakout session on communication and listening. …

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 are you blind to?

Last week I joined the very lovely team from Skillspotting SA again to be an observer on a Development Center. The purpose was to put young managers through a series of activities (some involving old-school stationary!) and online tests, and to provide them with tailored feedback at the end. An emerging theme this time was …

what’s next?

One of my clients is a senior IT consultant looking for a new career direction right now. He is aware that both his industry and his interests are changing, and feels stuck in an old way of thinking. His mind is cluttered with many ideas and thoughts, all of which are going around in circles …

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 …