Remember when we had banks

Oh no, I have got a cheque. I’ll have to traipse down to the bank and put it into my account but there hasn’t been a branch of my bank in Morpeth for years. The nearest must be ten kilometers away. I’ll leave it until I go into town next. Even though the branch on … Continue reading Remember when we had banks

An expert

According to David Clutterbuck , co-founder  of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council, ‘An expert is someone whose existing knowledge hinders their new learning.’ Hearing this takes me right back to my University days when learning about evolution. During that time I realised that specialisation is the last stage before extinction. In the animal kingdom, … Continue reading An expert

Growth through Mentoring

I’ve been doing a lot of networking lately.  Since leaving Durham I have thrown myself headlong into seeing as many people as possible to try and gauge what opportunities may be out there.  It is amazing how kind and generous people are. One of them is Helen from the North East LEP.  There is enormous … Continue reading Growth through Mentoring

A sock strategy

Don’t you have one? Then read on. At the latest Socitm North East meeting we had some excellent speakers. Robert’s presentation really stood out for me as it was a story told from the heart. The message was clear. The theme of the meeting was regional resilience and Robert gave us his thoughts representing the … Continue reading A sock strategy

What can machines do better?

You would think it is an easy question. What can machines do better than people can? Most people could answer it though they had to draw breath first and repeat the question while they thought about it. I was at the excellent Northumbrian Water Group Innovation Festival at Gosforth Park Racecourse. I was only able … Continue reading What can machines do better?

You said – we listened

By rights I am not sure if I should still be the chair of Socitm North East. Since moving from the public to the private sector, or the dark side as I hear it called my position has become questionable. According to those who know such things in Socitm, the chair should be a public … Continue reading You said – we listened

Dynamo17 #2

I said I would get a few blogs out of the Dynamo17 conference. It was a great event. Outside of the plenaries and main speakers I attended three of the breakout sessions. There were fifteen in total and I could have attended most of them as they all sounded interesting. It would be good to … Continue reading Dynamo17 #2