Tag «thinking space»

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 …

where to?

Good to meet up with the #FCC group again today to talk about how to shape the conversation around the future of coaching. In a world where we are all busy with commitments and have double or triple booked diaries, it feels like a real achievement to have carved out some time to think and …

about frenzy, overwhelm, patients and patience…

One of the things that I am involved with in my local community is chairing the Patient Participation Group of my GP surgery. Earlier this month I attended a conference to meet other PPG chairs and various NHS representatives, and to learn from others’ experiences and ideas. The thing that struck me was how overworked …

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 …