Weeknote 365: A year’s worth

This week I have learned: Anyone who throws insults at single parents should try being a single parent for a short period of time. Running sessions via video and web is so much more tiring that running them in person. I'm getting even more curmudgeonly about the use of the word "Talent" when people really … Continue reading Weeknote 365: A year’s worth

Weeknote 364: annuities

This week I have learned: Being 47 is pretty much identical to being 46. The Dutch language makes me snigger. Bitcoin is actually dangerously stupid. By 2020 at current rates of growth it will consume all electricity. Already it consumes the equivalent of Morocco. Even in our highly connected world, it's possible to be a … Continue reading Weeknote 364: annuities

Always be selling

I heard yesterday of a couple of companies with whom I've worked falling victim to something of a scam artist, purportedly offering to help them with business development. I was also recently chatting to someone who was relatively new into the world of free range working, and exploring how I go about selling. The thing … Continue reading Always be selling

Weeknote 363: rapid switching

This week I have learned: A surprising number of people still seem to think that work and fun are mutually exclusive concepts I've done too many speaking gigs recently. Workshops need listening and observing rather than chat Play, Learn, Facilitate couldn't have been timed better. Thanks Abi, Ben, Stephen & Simon! Lego is remarkable in its … Continue reading Weeknote 363: rapid switching

The future of money

I had a great hour or so earlier this week listening to Rowland Manthorpe from Wired talking about the future of money at the inaugural The New Normal session. Rather than the a la mode of talking about distributed ledgers and crypto currencies, Rowland focused instead on data - at the core of his argument … Continue reading The future of money

Weeknote 362: winter arrives

This week I have learned: delaying contact with the people you're trying to get to work differently is always a bad idea. faced with a choice when not used to it, people will panic. That's a reason to help them to choose, not to remove the choice. this Freerange working lark can at times feel … Continue reading Weeknote 362: winter arrives

2017 Colophon

It's been a while since I sat down and worked out what tools I use on a day-to-day basis. It's useful to take stock once in a while. So here goes... Devices: Samsung Galaxy S7 The second-most expensive device I have ever purchased and the one with which I've probably been least satisfied. Yesterday morning … Continue reading 2017 Colophon

Couldn’t live without it

An interesting workshop yesterday with a group of end users at one of my clients. The project is looking to modernise key IT services - replacing clunky laptops and desktop thin client terminals and on premise productivity tools with sleek and light ultrabooks and Cloud-based collaborative places. The sort of thing in one way or … Continue reading Couldn’t live without it

Weeknote 361: Two hundred and eighty

This week I have learned: editing video always takes an awfully lot longer than I first expect. This is why it is highly unlikely that WB-40 will ever become a TV programme. that the iPad as become a crucial part of my working life. Left at home for a day this week by mistake and I … Continue reading Weeknote 361: Two hundred and eighty