I've always been a little bit besotted with completely immersive experiences. I put it down to a day of awe and wonder in my days at infant school when the assembly hall of Watford Fields was transformed into a submarine by the local drama in schools group. A tent-like structure filled the space, and within … Continue reading Experiential
The pavement on the walk to drop the kids off at school this morning was littered with tiny conkers, no more than half a centimetre in diameter. The torrential rain of the past 24 hours had dislodged the infant fruit from the trees above. Over the coming months no doubt more will be lost as … Continue reading Conkers
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
The Podcast Powered Projects initiative is now up and running, and one thing that's arisen (and about which I've had a few other enquiries too) is how one might get a podcast that can be consumed only by people within one's own organisation. There are a number of challenges to unpack here, so let's take … Continue reading Internal Podcasts
Today marks two anniversaries in my professional life; the 9th of me writing my first Weeknote, and the 6th of launching the Stamp thing onto the world. I'm quite amazed that I've been able to keep up the weeknoting habit. Started after a reading an article in Wired, and thinking it seemed like a good … Continue reading Anniversary notes
Semiotics is something in which I'm becoming increasingly obsessed. The study of signs and signals to understand underlying culture and beliefs, it's a method of interpreting the world around us at more than face value. In my work over many years now I have regularly heard the words Culture and Behaviour used interchangeably, and the … Continue reading What if your systems are the result of your culture?
I'm running a session this afternoon with my CxO priority cards. It's online. So I have had to improvise... What should end up on screen should look like this: To achieve that my office currently looks like this: Starting on the left-hand side and going clockwise... Nikon D5600 sitting on an old Velbon tripod attached by … Continue reading Physical to digital
"Jump and a net will appear" were the words of wisdom that a colleague at Microsoft have me as I took the plunge into working free range done five and a half years ago. The first year felt like free fall. Should I give up, get a "proper job", knuckle down, put up with things? … Continue reading The loneliness of the long-distance free ranger
Inspired by Chris King's post (itself inspired by Matt Jukes' post) a quick rundown of what makes up my normal carry bag when I'm heading to work at a place other than my home office at the beginning of 2019... The Bag A North Face Borealis. Probably overpriced, but the best work rucksack I've yet … Continue reading What’s in the bag?
I've been working with lots of teams in different organisations over the past few years on a question that generally starts along the lines of "We'd like to know how to use Product X", where 'Product X' is one of Microsoft Office 365, Google G Suite, Slack or one of many of the dozens of … Continue reading Understanding collaboration through rich pictures