December 31

Why do some teams fail?

Why do some teams fail?

One of the more interesting team related puzzles for me this year (2019) was the failure of the England team to, as I saw it, show up for Rugby World Cup Final. Having delivered a standout performance against the All Blacks in the semi-finals, it was difficult to believe that you were even watching the same team. Noting there were one or two ‘tactical’ substitutions. What happened?

November 20

Who needs a mobile phone anyway?

Who needs a mobile phone anyway?

I was in London recently for the weekend – having arranged to meet my sister and go out for dinner. As she lives on the south coast and we live in the East Midlands, we decided to book a nice Hotel with our respective partners and make a weekend of it. I hadn’t quite planned what happened next.

July 12

Are you ever too old to succeed?

Are you ever too old to succeed?

What do you do when the phone rings with an offer that almost seems too good to be true? This was the dilemma that faced 71 year old ex-musician, Mick Ware, who now works as an antique furniture repairer.

May 30

Do you have a 37th move? What can we learn from AI?

Do you have a 37th move? What can we learn from AI?

In March 2016, world champion Lee Sedol pitted his skills in the game of Go against the AlphaGo algorithm developed by DeepMind in a series of five matches. Sedol famously lost, however something quite ground breaking happened in the 37th move of the second game.

May 9

Is your office an open plan disaster?

Is your office an open plan disaster?

The vast majority of new build offices are large open plan edifices, designed to encourage co-operation and collaboration. Removing the office ‘walls’ is seen to enable greater collaboration, open dialogue and hot housing of ideas that will ultimately make organisations more innovative and effective. Is this true?

April 5

Master Chef or Master Leader?

Master Chef or Master Leader?

You might have missed the semi-final of the BBC’s MasterChef recently. MasterChef is a British television programme in which amateur cooks compete to win the MasterChef title. It is a formulaic show that has a number of different variants and is replicated in numerous countries worldwide

February 1

Career success: Do you need to try harder?

Career success: Do you need to try harder?

Whilst much of the press coverage of the Australian Tennis Open this month focused on the implications for Andy Murray’s career, it was a stepping stone for the two-times Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova.

December 20

Are you living the dream?

Are you living the dream?

Christmas and annual holidays share one thing in common –
they are usually the only time that busy people get to slow down, take stock of
life and spend quality time with their families. Inevitably, many people reflect
upon life and decide that they aren’t quite living their dream life.

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