Unfolding plans 160 – Meetings

I spend a lot of time in meetings.  They seem to be a part of what we do.  They are a part of the fabric that holds our organisation together.  But why?  Not why do meetings hold us together but rather why do we have them?  What is their purpose? Well that is easy isn’t … Continue reading Unfolding plans 160 – Meetings

Unfolding plans 132 – more jobs or fewer jobs

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.  That’s what I have often been told.  We’ve been telling a story about the North East and the technical industry. It is about the number of jobs that the sector carries.  We’ve been saying that there are thirty thousand jobs and two thousand … Continue reading Unfolding plans 132 – more jobs or fewer jobs

Unfolding plans 130 – Lean start up

Lean start up sounded an interesting concept.  Justin, one of my colleagues at Dynamo was telling me about it.  In essence I took it to be a way of shaping your business ideas before you get too bogged down in business plans and financing.  It is a way of making sure that your idea has … Continue reading Unfolding plans 130 – Lean start up

Unfolding plans 115 – One in five beggars aren’t homeless

I haven’t had a good rant about statistics for a while but here we go again.  Someone has taken some numbers and extrapolated them to create a wildly imaginative story.  It’s like Jurassic Park, creating a dinosaur from a tiny piece of DNA. According to the BBC ‘Fewer than twenty per cent of people arrested … Continue reading Unfolding plans 115 – One in five beggars aren’t homeless

Unfolding plans 103 – Gillian Lynne

I’ve been using this story recently, especially in relation to the skills audit.  We haven’t had too much success with getting this off the ground for one reason or another but I am reminded about the story of Gillian Lynne.  I don’t remember when I came across it but it popped up again in ‘Talk … Continue reading Unfolding plans 103 – Gillian Lynne

Unfolding plans 84 – first days back

I’m never sure about first days back.  You’ve been on holiday, everything is relaxed and you are chilled out yet the prospect of going back to work ruins your last day.  Why?  It’s something you do every Monday after the weekend and if work is something you enjoy overall then why the perturbation? I think … Continue reading Unfolding plans 84 – first days back

Unfolding plans 73 – The Myth of Sisyphus

It has been some year.  They seem to be coming along faster and faster these days.  No sooner have we planned for this one then we are half way through it.  We’re already in month two of the new fiscal year.  Already we are thinking about our plans for next year and even the year … Continue reading Unfolding plans 73 – The Myth of Sisyphus