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?

March 20

The myth of multi-tasking

The myth of multi-tasking

Whilst listening to my local radio station last week, they asked a well known, and possibly provocative question – are women better than men at multi-tasking?

November 11

Martin Luther King didn’t say “I have a problem”…

Martin Luther King didn’t say “I have a problem”…

Whilst reflecting upon a client dilemma that they deemed impossible to solve, I recalled the above statement from something I had recently read. Despite all of the challenges that Dr King could have spoken about in his seminal address in Washington in 1963, he chose to focus on the outcome (“I have a dream…”) with historic implications.

November 28

Are you clear about how to succeed?

Are you clear about how to succeed?

Those of you who have been following my posts for a while will recognise the issues of “busyness” that I often mention. This is where we have never ending streams of email, calls, instant messages…

April 29

Success? The choice is yours…

Success? The choice is yours…

We have to make choices in life all the time. Some are much more significant than others. When I discuss this with friends, colleagues and clients, I often find that the sheer effort of thinking about some decisions means that people simply don’t make decisions.

March 31

Are you too busy to succeed?

Are you too busy to succeed?

We live in a busy world with increasing challenges on our time and availability. The modern business world is relentlessly “always on” – mobile calls, emails arrive at all hours of the day and night, social media can be a constant distraction and then there are the endless projects, meetings and targets that have to be delivered. With all this activity, it is a wonder that anyone achieves anything meaningful.

November 12

Learning to succeed

Learning to succeed

Over the summer I was at a business network event and met someone who I will call Ed. He was very young, a little disheveled and looked like he had just got out of bed (his hair was all over the place, his shirt was un-ironed and hanging out). He was clearly out of his comfort zone and seemed quite overawed by the event.