Unfolding plans 120 – The internet of things

We’ve created a new collective noun. A parliament of crows.  A bank of things, a bunch of things, an internet of things.  The Internet used to be a proper noun and then became an ordinary noun only to mature into a collective noun.  Is this the evolutionary cycle of a word?  Is it its product … Continue reading Unfolding plans 120 – The internet of things

Unfolding plans 113 – happy workation

Wow, that was some workation.  For the month of July I’ve been trying something different.  While I was out and about I stopped and bought a postcard that showed the beautiful or unusual places that I happened to have visited.  Every work day I sent one to my youngest daughter as she was in the … Continue reading Unfolding plans 113 – happy workation

Unfolding plans 111 – work as a performance

I’ve been thinking a lot about work as a performance.  It’s something that Mike and I have been talking about.  The word covers such a wide range of meanings from entertainment, to carrying out an action and to how well something works.  In this case I am talking about something presented before an audience, potentially, … Continue reading Unfolding plans 111 – work as a performance

Unfolding plans 108 – those little idiosyncrasies

Yes, I know it was hot the other day when I was down in London to present at a conference on ‘Transforming The Way We Work: A Vision for Mobile Public Sector.’  It felt like how it does when you step out of the plane after you have landed in the Costas.  The people of … Continue reading Unfolding plans 108 – those little idiosyncrasies

Unfolding plans 107 – Which came first?

Now we all know that the egg came before the chicken.  The first chicken came from an egg that was laid by a chicken like creature.  That is how evolution works, with small changes in genetic material leading to enhancements brought about by natural selection through the reproductive process.  We can put that one to … Continue reading Unfolding plans 107 – Which came first?

Unfolding plans 105 – a good story

We always try to start our management meetings with a good story or two.  It gets everything off to a nice start before we get into the inevitable not so good things that crop up.  Some of us can always find something to say.  Sometimes it is relevant and sometimes it’s not.  Sometimes it helps … Continue reading Unfolding plans 105 – a good story

Unfolding plans 104 – This SOCITM meeting is going to take some beating

That was some coup by Graham.  Getting such illustrious speakers to the latest SOCITM North East meeting made it one of the best ones that I have ever been to.  I am biased though, obviously.  Since taking over as chair we’ve tried to create a theme for each meeting.  The latest was around getting all … Continue reading Unfolding plans 104 – This SOCITM meeting is going to take some beating

Unfolding plans 101 – Take your opportunities when you can

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that the best place to buy a postcard is not the Post Office.  You may find that odd.  I know that I did.  Where else would you go for all things postal?  Well you would be wrong.  The vast majority of post offices don’t sell postcards unless you want … Continue reading Unfolding plans 101 – Take your opportunities when you can

Unfolding plans 100 – a score card

We’re into July now and so should be about half way through the working year.  Perhaps it’s time for an update on progress, a health check or a score card marked against the eight things that I was going to try and achieve this year.  In case you have forgotten they were (are): Women in … Continue reading Unfolding plans 100 – a score card

Unfolding plans 99 – I was even trending

This is part two of the presentation I made at the conference on ‘Transforming The Way We Work: A Vision for Mobile Public Sector.’  It is an abridged version.  OK, it is cheating a bit but I’m not the only blogger to have ever recycled his or her own material.  After all I did spend … Continue reading Unfolding plans 99 – I was even trending