Potholes

There are two types of people in this world. Those who can tell what a pothole looks like and those that can’t. I know this because strange yellow circles have appeared on the streets around Morpeth highlighting the holes in the road surface caused by the unusually protracted winter weather conditions this year. Until they … Continue reading Potholes

Five simple steps

Whenever I am asked if I can get involved in a helping an organization with a strategic approach to technology I always come back with the same answer. I will do it but only if I can start with an understanding of the business. To get this understanding, I talk to as many people as … Continue reading Five simple steps

Consumption gap

It can be funny how two different conversations can overlap. I had met with Esther at a local coffee shop over lunch. We had briefly met at a couple of events that we had both been to and I was keen to learn about her business which works in statistical analysis of data. AS always … Continue reading Consumption gap

Recipe for success

There are so many interesting people out there and I am getting to meet more than my fair share. Our conversations are rich veins of learning for me, and hopefully for them, as through dialogue we see things from different perspectives.  I pick up tools and ways of thinking that I could not do when … Continue reading Recipe for success

Mentoring again

It’s some time since I have written about mentoring yet I have sessions ongoing with three people. It is a kind of background activity, something I try to fit in around everything else I am up to and an activity which gives me a great  amount of pleasure. I know a few people who are … Continue reading Mentoring again

It was different sitting at the back

Last week was my first time at a Socitm North East meeting when I was not in the chair. Ever since Roy had asked me to take over from him I had been up there at the front or in amongst the attendees saying hello and thanking them for coming. Admittedly I am still in … Continue reading It was different sitting at the back

Downplay

Apparently it is common British trait to downplay your achievements, one which I am prone to suffering from. I am sure there are many others across the world who are the same and it is not just a local phenomenon. I have learnt of my suffering from getting together with Claire, Justin and Mike over … Continue reading Downplay