The Best at What You Do?

I love the sentiment in Hugh MacLeod’s cartoon… … which gets to the heart of what everyone needs to address, not only those pursuing an independent path as a sovereign individual or in a portfolio career.  We all need to build and play to our unique strengths.  And we all need to find work which […]

John Kao on Innovation

An illuminating take on innovation from John Kao, below. I am fascinated by those who have enjoyed (i.e. created) success in wildly different fields.  Jeff “Skunk” Baxter is a text-book example.  In the early seventies he played guitar on Steely Dan’s seminal albums Can’t Buy A Thrill and Pretzel Logic before moving on to the […]

The Changing Workplace, The Envisioners

A great post from The Envisioners’ Dave Coplin which draws on the Hybrid Organisation studies which Microsoft coordinated earlier this year. Another point which is implicit, rather than explicit, in the Hybrid Organisation work is how patterns of employment are changing. Enabled by technology, and driven by, on the organisation’s side, an ever-increasing desire for […]

Meniere’s Disease Awareness Week

I had a fascinating day yesterday, attending the annual conference of the Ménière’s Society, the largest charity in the UK dedicated to supporting those with dizziness and balance problems.  Their name comes from Ménière’s Disease which is at the heart of the charity’s work and which feels exactly like this: Ménière’s affects about 0.05% of […]

Meniere’s Disease Awareness Week

I had a fascinating day yesterday, attending the annual conference of the Ménière’s Society, the largest charity in the UK dedicated to supporting those with dizziness and balance problems.  Their name comes from Ménière’s Disease which is at the heart of the charity’s work and which feels exactly like this: Ménière’s affects about 0.05% of […]

Strange Confluences

I’m tempted to buy this but it feels wrong.  Despite all evidence to the contrary, in my mind heart, the cold, hard logic of business should be a separate world from the anarchic, creative passion which is rock and roll. Interesting though.  As Dennis McNally described wonderfully in “A Long Strange Trip”, the Dead’s business […]

He Left All Technology Behind, Nicholas Bate

An insightful little vignette from Nicholas Bate (whose “Brilliant at the Basic of Business” booklet is enclosed with this month’s IoD magazine, Director).  It touches on the same challenge which Nicholas Carr explores in his new book, The Shallows: which is that the “what’s happening RIGHT NOW” connectedness which we all crave is damaging our […]

Carnewas Sunset

‘Interim managers work fast – there are bound to be mistakes’

An unfortunate title, but another interesting article (this time from the FT)  on the growing maturity of the market for Interim Managers. The final section of the piece begins to allude to what will be a growing issue as the proportion of interim / contract / consultant / portfolio workers within organisations grow: that of […]

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