This is what I heard from a lovely hour listening to Angus, The Agent and Andis discuss the Bristol street art scene. It is incomplete, possibly partially erroneous, but most fascinating insight into the rules of engagement. It made me … Continue reading Some Rules of Bristol Graffiti
“Disrupt” is everywhere, is everything. If we are to survive the coming robot / AI take-over, we must disrupt the paradigm! We must disrupt the status quo, we must disrupt ourselves. All true-ish, but definitely overwrought, too serious, bellicose. My friends … Continue reading Forget “Disrupt!”, My Gentle Call Is “Disorganize!”
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!
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
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
Think of the first word that comes to mind when you read this word: Blue… OK, let’s try another one. What is the first word that comes to mind when you see this word…? Green… Turns out about 40% of … Continue reading Your Brainstorming Style: Harmonic Or Dissenting?
I was talking with a contact last week who is building out her (online) business. She has a product, a good product, and is thoroughly developing the brand and marketing collateral. A noticeable absence? There is almost no way for … Continue reading Modern Marketing 101: Be F.R.E.S.H. #14Actions
There is never a better time to take a few minutes (or hours or days) to deeply consider if you are REALLY READY for the coming battles and opportunities in the future of work. It doesn’t take long to uncover … Continue reading Now Is A Good Time To Reflect: Am I Ready For The Future OF Work? #14Actions
Here are two #14Actions for the price of one. We read everywhere about the power of failure – I am particularly taken by Tom Peters’ ridiculous acronym: WTTMS(ASTMSUTF)W: Whoever Tries The Most Stuff (And Screws The Most Stuff Up The … Continue reading Fail Forward, Making Small Bets As You Go #14Actions
My new favourite word, channeling AiWeiWei, is ACT. The world is moving too fast for introspection and planning. I can write several hundred blog posts (a few of which might even be good) without blinking – simply because I raise … Continue reading If In Doubt, Adopt A Bias To Action. #14Actions