Happy birthday Art

It’s Art’s birthday.  I had forgotten all about it until Facebook reminded me.  Art is not a real person, he is a figment of my imagination and his story goes back to July 2009.  I was working at North Tyneside Council at the time and we had just moved into the nice new Quadrant building … Continue reading Happy birthday Art

A planned approach

I have a planned approach to filling my time now that I have left my last job.  I want to do a mix of things, as yet unspecified and therein lies the challenge.  I don’t want to box myself into something too early as there may be more interesting, more exciting and even more lucrative … Continue reading A planned approach

There is nothing more important than culture

I have had a good run on my blog recently.  I don’t know why.  I just try to do my thing. May this year is already as good as last year in terms of numbers of reads but I mustn’t let these things get to me.  I write for the pleasure and not necessarily to … Continue reading There is nothing more important than culture

Far from Home Counties

I can’t remember the last time I ever was in Gerrards Cross.  To be honest I am not sure I have ever been there but I used to live in Oxford which is not more than a stone’s throw away and so I would be surprised if I hadn’t.  Anyway, it didn’t ring a bell … Continue reading Far from Home Counties

Complexity in the real world

The Bee book by Craig Smith and Paul Rigby has got me thinking.  It is an allegorical tale of a hive of bees that is faced with a catastrophic change in their environment.  The hive needs to take decisive action if it is to survive.  It as a clear metaphor for the way that organisations … Continue reading Complexity in the real world

Elephants again

It was time to think about those elephants again, you know the ones in the room. Those hulking great issues that everyone knows about yet nobody wants to talk about. We’ve had a few sessions with dawn to try and flush them out. Can you flush out an elephant? Perish the thought. Was this session … Continue reading Elephants again

Fresh perspectives

I read that Taiichi Ohno would draw a circle on the floor and make his new disciples stand in it and observe how things really worked.  He would make them stay there until they had a strong understanding of the business. I think it was in the book ‘The Machine that Changed the World’ in … Continue reading Fresh perspectives