Weeknote 478: business as unusual

This week I have learned: the power of saying thank you.that we need to start to think about the things we want to keep about "in the office" working, rather than just obsessing about the things we want to change.in the absence of informal communication, diaries are becoming increasingly crammed, making informal communication even harder.that … Continue reading Weeknote 478: business as unusual


The first organisation in which I worked that really did a lot of conference calling was Reuters. I found it really hard some times when a whole group of people, very expensively co-located in plush offices in the centre of London's Canary Wharf, would be forced to sit at desks and individually dial into meetings … Continue reading One-to-one-to-one-to

Successful online events

A question came up about what makes for a successful online event on one of the many WhatsApp groups of which I'm a member. Here are my thoughts... First off, what's really of value to participants at an event? Maybe for some it's the content, but for many the content is just an excuse to … Continue reading Successful online events

Weeknote 477 – remote

This week I have learned: it starts to become more real when people you know start to become effected.the variation in experience and confidence of using collaboration tools is vast.I've caught up with more people in the last 10 days than I have done in months. Social distancing is bringing us together.I fear, though, that … Continue reading Weeknote 477 – remote

Weeknote 476: the lurgy

This week I have learned: boy things can escalate quickly.I miss my wife. I really, really hope she gets home this weekend.I am really, really pleased to be part of a team. The loneliness that I started to feel overwhelming towards the end of my contracting time would be crushing now. I feel for so … Continue reading Weeknote 476: the lurgy

51 for 50 – 1986

There are a couple of proper full-on legends in music that I’ve seen live. One was Leonard Bernstein, who I saw conduct at a BBC Prom in the late 1980s at the Royal Albert Hall. The other, twice, was trumpeter Miles Davis. He was a brooding presence on stage, the centre of attention in sparkly … Continue reading 51 for 50 – 1986

Weeknote 475: COVID

This week I have learned: The world really has gone a little bit hatstandRugby is a very odd gameCOVID might provide the most remarkable catalyst to drive more remote and flexible workingBut making sure the haters don't hate is going to be the keyCatching up with my LEF chums is always brain-stretching (in a good … Continue reading Weeknote 475: COVID