This morning I ran a session in which I took my team through an exercise to explore skills and capabilities that we have as we beginning a massive programme of change in the organisation. Here's a few notes on the objectives, the structure and how it went... The Objectives The team has recently expanded with … Continue reading PlayCards Field Notes: a game for teams to explore innovation skills and gaps
It's a few weeks now since I started the final stage of my Play project, creating a set of playing cards that distil six or so years of research and investigation into a valuable and practical tool, so here's a quick update for you on progress... First of all, thank you so much to the … Continue reading PlayCards Update
After a long old journey, I've made the decision to stop working (Deviate: Disrupt yourself) on the book that's been my pet project for the past few years. If it had been meant to be, it would have happened by now. Being busy at work is part of the issue, but more broadly my thinking … Continue reading The Play Book is Dead. Long Live PlayCards!
For a year or so now I've been playing with the role of tactility in consulting processes. Well, that's a good retrospective justification of what I've been doing - what I've actually been doing is creating and playing with different sets of the Priority Cards. Nonetheless, it's become an exercise in understanding the role of … Continue reading The remarkable world of touch
We are constantly confronting the need for change in our organisations. Change at an institutional level, at a team level all the way down to the actions and behaviours of individuals. The world around us is mutating, and we need to adapt to accommodate that change. Yet if you ask people why they can't change, … Continue reading Be more firefighter
Last week I wrote up one of the games I've been playing with groups, here's the next one... Game - Competing objectives Objective: organisations are often trying to get teams working together more effectively. Yet at the same time those same organisations will set individual and team objectives in such a way that makes effective … Continue reading Play Games (2)
For the past couple of years I've been playing with the concept of play. At the core of my thinking is the idea that as we progress into adulthood most of us systematically remove our abilities to tinker with things, play with them to no particular end so that we can explore them. This is … Continue reading Play games…
Every year to accompany the Silicon Beach event, those speaking are asked to contribute to a book that is distributed to all attendees. Here's my contribution... A good friend of mine and I enjoy a heated debate. She’s an accountant with opinions. I’m a gob-shite. We both like a glass or two of red with … Continue reading Blindly Following Rules
So 19 days in... It's just time to get on with writing the thing. Updates on a slightly less regular basis to follow.
Father's Day. A nice cycle ride by the Thames for breakfast near Hampton Court. A cycle back though a hot and sticky Bushy Park. A brief stop and then to swimming lessons for the eldest. Back for lunch, and then an afternoon of clearing the temporary kitchen to reconfigure into the new temporary kitchen. Put … Continue reading 18. Book Reset: days like these