Go when the light turns green

I've finally worked out why there is a delay between a traffic light going green and the traffic starting to move. I don't mean when you are at the front of the line but rather when you are a dozen cars behind. Sometimes the light can change back to red again before you even move. … Continue reading Go when the light turns green

Lessons from La Vuelta

La Vuelta a España for me is the second most important of the three grand cycling tours of the year. I have been watching the Tour de France for many years and it has defined the start of the summer proper, while the Vuelta has come to mark the end of the season. I have … Continue reading Lessons from La Vuelta

The social office

When Steve and I were down in Leeds the other day, you may remember we made the trip to Data Mill North, we had the pleasure in visiting a company called Hebe Works.  It is difficult to describe exactly what work they do, as it covers a wide range of items mainly in the graphics, … Continue reading The social office

Consequences

So many time have I heard it said that things don’t get done round here because there are no consequences.  Nothing happens if nothing happens. Now I have always taken the word consequences to be mildly threatening.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t get round it to as you will never be taken to task.  … Continue reading Consequences

Unfolding plans 179 – A break down

I got the call that I had been dreading this morning.  One of my daughters had broken down on the A1 at one of the busiest times of the day.   She was all right.  The car was off the road and she was safe. The police had been informed, the roadside assistance was on its … Continue reading Unfolding plans 179 – A break down

Unfolding plans 178 – Out of the toolbox

The topic for this round of presentations has been ‘Out of the Toolbox’.  The title is an obvious reference to thinking outside the box but also attempts to draw us back to the work that we do. It was Saul Kaplan who said that we need to take our ideas off the white board and … Continue reading Unfolding plans 178 – Out of the toolbox

Unfolding plans 177 – North East ICT

At this week's North East ICT managers meeting we spent a lot of time talking about devolution.  It is a topic that is exercising the minds of many of us in local government at the moment.  It is the hot button issue. It was a good meeting.  All of the seven councils in the soon-to-arrive … Continue reading Unfolding plans 177 – North East ICT