Through thick and thin

I'm currently reading Christian Madsbjerg's excellent and highly recommended Sensemaking. At the core of the book is the proposition that whilst the modern world has become obsessed with what Madsbjerg terms thin data (mostly - numbers), to make sense of the work around us we also need to take account of thick data - emotions, relationships, context - … Continue reading Through thick and thin

Imperial measures

One of the more ludicrous things that's come out the Brexit shenanigans is the recent idea that the exit from the EU might allow retailers to begin selling goods in imperial measures. Whilst I'm sure this will appeal to the Al Murray-esque (or the ones that don't get he's satire), I fear for the sanity … Continue reading Imperial measures

When I grow up I want to be a science

The hope here is that HR can empower organisations with robust tech and data to turn the art of people management into a science Perusing an article from HR Magazine yesterday about the impact that technology is having on the HR industry, I started to wonder what it is that people really mean when they say that … Continue reading When I grow up I want to be a science

Everything is a complex system

"How do you eat an elephant?" The metaphor is oft repeated in working life, and elephant eating seems to be a stock in trade of the average large organisation. But nobody seems to stop and ask "Why the bloody hell are we eating elephant? Isn't there something a little smaller?" Simplification has become the mantra. … Continue reading Everything is a complex system

Copernicus

The more I read about the field of Behavioural Economics the more I think that maybe the entire discipline is an increasingly complex set of workarounds to address the more fundamental issue that the science of economics is failing us. It takes a lot to shift an entire academic discipline's mindset, and the period leading … Continue reading Copernicus

Pavlov’s metric

Numbers are so alluring. Our steps. Our likes. Our "friends". And like Pavlov and his slobbering canines, we get trained to respond to these numbers. But these numbers become self-serving. They become not a means to an end, but an end in their own right. They change their meaning accordingly, and then people game systems … Continue reading Pavlov’s metric

So why are thinking skills so rarely taught?

That was the question that David Terrar posed yesterday morning when tweeting a link to an HBR article that stated what many of us know to be the bleedin’ obvious: you can teach people to be more “creative”. You Can Teach Someone to Be More Creative https://t.co/CzQLt8XTbz - so why are thinking skills so rarely … Continue reading So why are thinking skills so rarely taught?

Limited memepools

The dust has had some time to settle now on last week's Nadellagate, and it's left me thinking that the tech industry, and IT in particular, has a deeper issue of lack of a diversity of thought of which gender bias is just a symptom. I'm not one who particularly believes in diversity for diversity's … Continue reading Limited memepools

Don’t count on it

Yesterday I found myself in a couple of conversations that revolved around what has been a bit of a recurring theme for me - the dangerous downside of measuring things. The first was around the gender inequality evident in the IT industry. My own view is that this is a symptom of a more pervasive … Continue reading Don’t count on it