Wanting the ball

By |November 11th, 2014|

Alex Ferguson, love him or hate him, is one of the most successful football managers of all time. He really had a wonderful career. He had a lot of less lovable qualities but he knew how to organize and […]

The world keeps turning

By |October 20th, 2014|

I remember when I stopped ice skating, it was a jolt to the system. I was only 17. My life had revolved around school, then ice skating and then repeat. I enjoyed it immensely but it felt like it […]

Learn to listen

By |September 25th, 2014|

“Listen to learn and learn to listen”

So goes the plea of many a parent to many a child. It has a lot of truth to it. Listening is an increasingly undervalued skill in the workplace. It is especially important […]

You get one chance

By |August 6th, 2014|

I’m lucky to be working in an industry I really enjoy. I was part of the Computer club at school and have always loved the internet industry. I trained as a lawyer and actually finished law school before the […]

You adapt to the culture

By |July 23rd, 2014|

All firms have a culture. A way of doing things and an outlook that impacts the decisions they make. The companies I’ve been in have differed dramatically and the same facts will end up with different decisions. Some businesses […]

Argue the why

By |July 9th, 2014|

The television version of life would tell you that an argument/discussion is about who is right and who is wrong. You each present your side and then whatever side is the most right will “win the argument”. Obviously, this […]

Force people into a decision

By |July 2nd, 2014|

You have a discussion to have with your boss or someone else in the organisation. You think that it probably won’t get approved, but you fervently believe it’s the right thing to do. Do you:

(a)    Bring it up with your […]

2 Emails, One Solution

By |June 18th, 2014|

“Sorry to let you know, but it turns out that there is an issue with the figures we’ve reported to the CEO. There was an error in one of the tables. I’ve already spoken to the Finance team and […]

I’ve been wrong. Many times.

By |June 12th, 2014|

I’ve been wrong.

Many times.

Many, many times.

We all have. Despite the beliefs of some, none of us are omnipotent. We each make mistakes or pick up on things incorrectly. We need to make so many decisions all the time that […]

Resigned to freedom

By |June 4th, 2014|

I read a book a few years ago called Antifragile. It has many key lessons. One of the most resonant is about how you should always try to be in situations where the upside outweighs the downside.  It is […]