Week notes:  Taking a breath

Week notes: Taking a breath

This is a quick week note to keep me on track as I have a few longer posts in draft and that is usually a sign that I have too much going on in the brain and need to download a bit.  One of the reasons for the back up of blogposts was getting to


What makes a good decision?

What makes a good decision?

Its easy just to think that a good decision is one that has the right outcome but that’s magical thinking and assumes we make no mistakes. Good decisions are taken when we bring together knowledge, accountability and the views of the people who are most effected by the decision in a timely and transparent way.

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