15th of 100

My first coffee companion today is the founder and CEO of a business that provides freelance professionals who can deliver projects. We talked about the challenges of establishing a new business and balancing being clear about what you do with the necessary expedience of being able to turn your hand to anything. We talked about … Continue reading 15th of 100

14th of 100

This morning's coffee companion is a television news journalist. We last saw one another at Loughborough University some 3 decades ago. We talked about how it's totally impossible that 3 decades have passed since we last met. We also talked about how much technology has changed journalism in our working lifetimes, both in terms of … Continue reading 14th of 100

13th of 100

This afternoon's coffee companion is a colleague at EE. We talked about writing, and how I use it to make sense of the world. We talked about my circuitous path which I occasionally refer to as my career. We talked about addiction and the road to recovery. We talked about the challenges of parenting teenage … Continue reading 13th of 100

12th of 100

Today’s coffee partner is a Civil Servant who works in one of the bigger Whitehall departments. We talked about the challenges of being counter-cultural in organisations that thrive on continuity and the status quo. We talked about leadership development programmes and how they reinforce conformity and short-term thinking even if that’s not what the organisation … Continue reading 12th of 100

7th of 100

Today's first coffee companion is a former Head of IT who has impeccable taste in podcasts. We talked about the strange world of utility companies and how the legacy of Hull keeping its telecoms independent of the national network has resulted in some of the fastest internet connections in Europe. We talked about how gas … Continue reading 7th of 100