Hyperspecialization: Opportunity for Mastery or Knowledge Worker Production Line?

Here’s an intriguing video interview with MIT Sloan professor Thomas Malone on his article about hyperspecialization.  In a nutshell, Malone sees that the age of cheap communications open an opportunity for workers to specialise very deeply and narrowly on particular tasks which can be joined together with other specialists in something of a knowledge production […]

To Be Different – Nicholas Bate

A reminder from Nicholas Bate – especially relevant to freelancers, interim managers and other sovereign professionals – to be different. Competing on price is a race to the bottom, especially if you are any kind of information worker living in the developed world and competing against hungry, driven entrepreneurs from developing economies whose cost-base wouldn’t […]

To Be Different – Nicholas Bate

A reminder from Nicholas Bate – especially relevant to freelancers, interim managers and other sovereign professionals – to be different. Competing on price is a race to the bottom, especially if you are any kind of information worker living in the developed world and competing against hungry, driven entrepreneurs from developing economies whose cost-base wouldn’t […]

Island Living–Perfect for the Sovereign Professional?

Today’s Independent carries a feature, by Graham Norwood, on islands for sale around the UK and elsewhere.  For just £95,000, you can buy the island of Sully, 500 yards off the Welsh coast and once home to Alfredo de Marisco, a Norman pirate.  Ailsa Craig, a somewhat larger and more famous island off the Ayrshire […]

Island Living–Perfect for the Sovereign Professional?

Today’s Independent carries a feature, by Graham Norwood, on islands for sale around the UK and elsewhere.  For just £95,000, you can buy the island of Sully, 500 yards off the Welsh coast and once home to Alfredo de Marisco, a Norman pirate.  Ailsa Craig, a somewhat larger and more famous island off the Ayrshire […]

Hemingway on Writing

Courtesy of the Paris Review, via Nicholas Bate, a fascinating interview from 1958: Ernest Hemingway interviewed by George Plimpton. The scene-setting introduction and responses (though occasionally testy) offer a marvellous insight into Hemingway’s hugely disciplined approach to his craft. Herewith, my rather inadequate shot of Hemingway’s home in Key West from which you can’t see […]

Blurring Face-to-Face and Virtual Encounters–HBR Blog

A post on the HBR blog from the authors of, and relating to, the piece in July/August 2011’s Harvard Business Review on enabling collaboration, Who Moved My Cube? I blogged about the article, here. The HBR blog covers how virtual and physical encounters work together.   Technorati Tags: Harvard Business Review,HBR,John Weeks,Anne-Laure Fayard,collaboration,Flexible Working

Blurring Face-to-Face and Virtual Encounters–HBR Blog

A post on the HBR blog from the authors of, and relating to, the piece in July/August 2011’s Harvard Business Review on enabling collaboration, Who Moved My Cube? I blogged about the article, here. The HBR blog covers how virtual and physical encounters work together.   Technorati Tags: Harvard Business Review,HBR,John Weeks,Anne-Laure Fayard,collaboration,Flexible Working

IT for Flexibility

Greg Thomas, a former colleague from Microsoft now with Cisco, has just launched his new blog with some data from a research project Cisco have conducted with UK government organisations. Looking at adoption of cloud computing, the research found that cloud was part of the IT strategy for 50 per cent of government organisations in […]

Interim Management and the Sovereign Professional

Today’s publication of the IIM’s sixth annual Interim Management Survey contains some interesting findings for actual and prospective sovereign professionals. Certainly of interest to those in the field, the survey shows a clear bounce-back from the inevitable dip which the business saw in 2011.  Average daily rates are up, “on assignment” rates are up and […]

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