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
Last week I had the pleasure of working with a group of senior HR professionals at The People Space's London event to create the HR edition of the CxO Priorities. If you're not familiar with the CxO Priorities project, they are sets of playing cards that encapsulate things that might be on the mind of senior … Continue reading Working Out Loud: #CHRO Priorities
I've just read some of the John Doerr book Measure What Matters as the latest title from the WB40 book club. I say "some of" because it's a classic example to prove my theory that you only need to read the first three chapters of most business books. It's good, though. You can hear Chris … Continue reading Stamp OKRs
I got a reminder via LinkedIn this morning that it's now five years since I launched upon this madcap free-range experiment that I call Stamp. Coincidentally it would have been my grandmother's 100th birthday yesterday, and 2013 would have been granddad's centenary. Living to 100 was something that very few of their generation could have … Continue reading Five years
I was born in Northern Ireland in November 1970. Of all the times at which I could have chosen to be born in Northern Ireland (which of course there weren't any), November 1970 was probably just about one of the worst. Northern Ireland in 1970 wasn't a happy place. My dad was a mature student … Continue reading Ir-ish
"Let's do a podcast" I said to Chris back in around September 2016. Slightly surprisingly he said "Yes". The adventure began. This is a post I've been meaning to write for a while, but only now spurred into it by a chance tweet. It describes technically how we put WB-40 together every week. The editorial … Continue reading Podcasting primer