Thinking in public

Thinking in public

I’m just wrapping up after a few days out of the office doing some deeper thinking than you get chance to do in the normal week – I have called it my August firebreak.  It was one of the things I wanted to do as part of my personal development this year and I am

All change is system change

All change is system change

All change is system change – to say otherwise is to ignore a fundamental truth about organisations being living breathing human systems. There is a lot of great thinking going on in the system change space.  Rowan is leading some really interesting work at the RSA looking at the intersection of design and systems thinking and


Creating a personal firebreak

Creating a personal firebreak

I really enjoyed reading about how the Helpful Technology gang managed to create what they call a firebreak for themselves — a pause in their work that allows them both to work on their own projects but also catch up on some of the housekeeping work that always gets pushed to the bottom of the pile (or



Week notes 21st May

Week notes 21st May

I started writing this on a glorious morning on the Isle of Wight – just taken the dogs out – a perfect bank holiday weekend which makes the apocalyptic weather from the rest of the country another piece of evidence that says that the IOW is actually in another timezone….if not a different reality. One