Image thanks to CV-Library “Giving up smoking is easy… I've done it hundreds of times”, said Mark Twain. Of course staying off is the hard part. In some ways it’s the same with me and work. Ever since I joined the ranks of the semi-retired there have been times when I have thought about giving … Continue reading Giving up work
Image thanks to Forbes - I know how you feel It is. In my line of work tendering is a necessary evil, something that I can’t avoid though I must admit something I try to if I can. You see, it is an art rather than a science, something that you have to work at … Continue reading Tendering is so stressful
We’re in the middle of a war, a global conflict. Not the type of war that we are perhaps used to seeing, with tanks and soldiers shooting at each other or drones trying to take out the enemy with surgical precision. No, this is a different war, fought through networks of fibre and computers, that … Continue reading Robin Hoodie
I’ve been asked to speak in front of students and school children, who I must admit I find terrifying, but never to that in-between age group, covered by the colleges. That all changed last week, when I was approached by Newcastle College to talk to a group of students about business ethics, and in particular … Continue reading Let’s talk about ethics
Image thanks to gCaptain I get it, things go wrong. Mistakes happen. In this ever more complicated and interconnected world it is inevitable that the systems will break down from time to time. The problem is that we can’t afford for it to go wrong. We expect goods to be delivered, if not instantaneously, at … Continue reading When things go wrong
Scotland Cyber Week has been and gone. Held every February, this year saw over 140 events take place across the country. By any stretch of the imagination this is a successful series of events and the ScotlandIS Cyber team should be congratulated. But what has this got to do with the work going on in … Continue reading A cross border alliance
This week I’m cheating a bit, in that I am using the same, or at least very similar blogs in two places but last week’s launch of the North East Initiative on Business Ethics’ (NIBE) Ethical Business Toolkit was a momentous occasion and one in which I have played a significant role. The following blog … Continue reading Ethical Business Toolkit
I was on a very interesting Zoom call the other day, set up by Tech Nation. The North East Virtual Roundtable was set up to look at the tech skills situation across the country with this meeting obviously focussed on the region. It offered to give the audience some ‘Key findings on the UK tech … Continue reading Is this what we want?
Iamge thanks to Medium.com Every so often I get to talk to someone I haven’t spoken to in a while. Invariably they ask me what I am up to for work these days. Apart from COVID (and politics) there is not a lot else to cover. I tell them how things changed overnight following the … Continue reading Paid work or not?
Image thanks to WallpaperCave For three years now, I have published a list of resolutions. This is my fourth. They are not things that I have set my heart on achieving but rather things to aim at. For the year just gone I have given myself three and a half out of the five yet … Continue reading Happy New Year 2021