More superquick thoughts.

Is the main negative externality of big data approaches a loss of sense of self determination for others? If you were put in charge of your organisation today what would you change? Why do you think your CEO isn't changing that? Would Jesus have used visual aids if he were about today? Would he have … Continue reading More superquick thoughts.

Pt 2. Superquick thoughts and brain farts

If another department wanted to rebrand we'd roll out eyes, yet people seem to think renaming HR would make us more credible. That's just odd isn't it? Are we that bad we need to pretend we didn't happen? I was always taught to let ladies pass through a door first. When did I decide it … Continue reading Pt 2. Superquick thoughts and brain farts

Superquick thoughts

How big a difference does a tough commute make to productivity? How big a difference does it make to happiness? I've had some great managers and some great leaders. Why should I think one categorisation is any better than the other? Why do people keep looking for the next big thing before we have made … Continue reading Superquick thoughts

#StreetWisdom, territory and micro-ethnography in Soho Square

Really good to see momentum growing AND #btwc making a difference to people

[work]spatially challenged

Lanterns above a Chinatown street

Self-organisation in Soho Square Self-organisation and seating in Soho Square

I pretty much wrote this post on my way home from a fascinating afternoon in the glorious, baking heat of London. This Thursday was the first ‘official’ #BtWC activity to challenge and consider what the future of work could aspirationally be, hosted by @dds180, @ChrisKane55, @KateGL, @davidmicklem and @SimonHeath1. I was there with Bob Seddon (the newly appointed chair of the @BIFM_UK Workplace SIG), @ChrisMoriarty3 (surely the best surname in the country?!) and about 50 other intrigued participants, keen to learn what #StreetWisdom was all about.

If you haven’t heard of #BtWC yet then start here, catch up, and get involved. What would a better working life look like, and what are we going to do about it? What would make work great? What makes a great place to work? What role does space and place have in…

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The random collision of people and places

Exceptionally well put, exceptionally good intent, exceptionally good take on the world in person too….


How HR and Facilities have traditionally worked together

In a blinding moment of utter selflessness, I’ve committed the rest of my professional life to building bridges. Not the big iron ones between land masses that requires me to face my fear of vertigo but the ones riding on the back of a slow-burning realisation in society that the next defining shift for work is the promotion of collaboration as a key differentiator. Command and control, dontcha know, is so last century !

But if I take myself out of the habitual visualizing of a future movement of well-chiselled, high cheekboned, collaborative HR working men and women aggregating insight like there is no tomorrow, the starting point today is certainly not for the faint hearted.

You see, jumping off points for changing anything are well, just bloody difficult. Despite LinkedIn influencers telling us how we should act before it arrives, the…

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should you become a manager, part II

I was having this conversation with someone midweek, this is perfectly summed up by Broc.

fool (with a plan)

Part 1 was a teensy bit tongue in cheek. I get concerned that we often only see the Hollywood aspect of leadership – power, money, cars, Donald Trump – and miss the daily, grinding realities of it. Being a leader is difficult and comes with a lot of downsides. Leadership also comes with several upsides that don’t get much press. They aren’t flashy and aren’t for everyone, but they are important.

1. As a leader, the culture of your team is up to you. It gets established and reinforced daily just by how you show up, how you interact, and how you make sure work gets done. You can make it a great place to be where people want to do their best.

2. You are crucial to your employees’ growth and development. Sure, they have to actually do the learning, but the tone you set determines how much…

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Both sides now – Joni Mitchell and the workplace

"Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell (ish)Rows and flows of desks and chairs And data patterns in the air And politics most everywhere I've looked at work that wayFor some it only blocks the sunDisdain and beige for everyone So many things I would have done But work got in my wayI've looked at work From both sides now … Continue reading Both sides now – Joni Mitchell and the workplace

Wimbledon and the World Cup

I assured Sukh Pabial that I would be writing two blogs on Wimbledon this year. Unfortunately I didn't manage to deliver on that promise, but I have managed to rattle off two blogs on the upcoming World Cup final. Sukh did write a post on Wimbledon that is well worth a read. My two pieces are almost … Continue reading Wimbledon and the World Cup

A message to business leaders

Wise words from Mr Taylor

Donald H Taylor

I’ve just returned from a meeting at the CIPD’s headquarters in Wimbledon, London, where the CIPD‘s Andy Lancaster and Towards Maturity‘s Laura Overton led a meeting on the business alignment of L&D. As chairman of the Learning and Performance Institute, I was invited to speak and participate in what proved to be a very useful discussion, with plenty of great case study contribution.

At the end of the meeting we were asked what our key messages were to L&D and to business leaders, and the following popped into my head:

A  message to business leaders: “If you think learning belongs in the classroom, enjoy the view as your competitors overtake you.”

Returning to my desk I found it had been retweeted a few times:

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