The Surprising Truth About Obvious Truths

The Surprising Truth About Obvious Truths

I regularly talk and write about the need for a more evidence based approach to creating work that works better for more people. Less guff. There is too much faddishness and too many poorly thought out and poorly joined up initiatives. I'm therefore naturally grumpy when people attempt to sell solutions packaged with overclaims or [...]

Why You Won’t Get Your Own Statue

Why You Won’t Get Your Own Statue

Synopsis: why a more distributed sharing of information might make people's contributions less enduring, but more useful. There will never be a statue made of me*. There's a high chance that if you are reading this you want get one either. I'm not suggesting that you reading this is the cause of that, but rather [...]

On tonight’s performance…

On tonight’s performance…

One of the strangest things that I've seen throughout my career is the belief that people's task based capability is somehow fixed or tethered to the moment. I'm not talking about growth or fixed mindsets of the individual (that's for others to opine on...) - I'm talking about the mental ticklist assigned to others about [...]

What is left out

What is left out

Synopsis: if someone isn't sharing then balance your choices between reasoned intuition, patience and respect. I really enjoyed reading Speak Up by Megan Reitz recently and I was lucky enough to meet her last week for an all too brief chat. Speak Up focused my thinking very much on the barriers to sharing within organisations [...]

Power, Pragmatism, Politics and Principles

Power, Pragmatism, Politics and Principles

Synopsis: a pondering on why good people often have to do bad things and why ambition probably corrupts more than we think. I've a had a couple of conversations with people recently about their careers and they've been adamant that they weren't ambitious - they just wanted to make a difference. What's interesting is that [...]