I love the idea of leadership, that people step up and go for more, and that they create and/or develop a path for others to tread. Leadership evokes a dynamic team effort, emergent practice and shots of awe. But what … Continue reading I Am A Bit Tired With The Misuse Of “Leadership”
Alternative title: Hire the Consultant! At a brunch at the weekend, conversation turned to “consultants.” They were randomly referred to as imbeciles, bloodsuckers, snake oil salesmen, bullshitters. You get the idea. Here are just a few of the stories I heard: … Continue reading Kill The Consultant!
Where to begin? OK, well, this is a data dump. It might even be a love letter. It is about a group of people who have helped me be better at work, more productive, more urgent, more optimistic, more open. … Continue reading Everyone, Anytime, Everywhere, Anything*
I am stuck in the middle. I have all these years of experience and knowledge that I try to scale and to monetize. Conversely, I read about, discuss and consider the future relentlessly, so that I can catapult myself and … Continue reading Stuck In The Middle: A Story About Vinyl and Bluetooth
I was reading Julian Stodd today, and his take on the power of narratives that are personal, co-created and organizational. This interplay of micro-to-macro impacts is intriguing to me. It highlights the complexity of the promises and outcomes of work. … Continue reading I Make Promises That Are Ambiguous, And I Think It Makes Me A Better Worker.
I ran a hackathon at work. The topic was one which literally no-one participating had a background in: IoT, sensors, Big Data. At the day’s heart were a few cognitive leaps: work with new people, on an emergent issue where … Continue reading I Ran An Organizational Hackathon. Here Is What Participants Thought About It…
I ran a day hackathon. I put it on my yearly goals as a challenge, and I did it. This is what I learned: There is no such thing as an organizational hackathon, from my research. We hear talk about … Continue reading Here Are 10 Things I Learned From Running An Organizational Hackathon
Yesterday I wrote about a hack I am running at work next week. My interest in hacks come from my keener interest in the future of work, and its unremitting demand on the common worker to adapt, learn continually, and … Continue reading Experimentation Is The Out-Perform Strategy Of The Future
Next week, I am running a hackathon at work. I have no idea if it will work, nor how. Note: My company is not in software, we have contracts and projects that last 25 years. We are not a start-up, … Continue reading I Have No Idea How To Run A Hackathon, But Here Goes Anyway
[Big] Data is telling us that we – the great and good middle class – are generally screwed. There is a slide to low-paid jobs, we are extravagantly over-educated and our skills increasingly under-leveraged. What to do? I have begun … Continue reading The Middle Class Is Screwed (Part Two) – The Fight Back Begins