Cognitive strengths, not bias bugs

I had a fascinating chat with Mark Earls yesterday in the vague sun of Holborn. Towards the end of our broad conversation we got onto the subject of Behavioural Economics, and Mark's frustration that the entire field seems to be dominated by a meme that describes our human ability to shortcut processing (effectively Kahneman's System … Continue reading Cognitive strengths, not bias bugs

Three ways to kill innovation

So here is a scenario that is playing out in a number of technology (and non-technology) companies the world over. You've found a bit of success. You want to scale your business. You go from loosely organised, small, and working all hours to something with a bit more structure. You want to become bigger as … Continue reading Three ways to kill innovation

Steam diesel

A couple of weekends ago I spent a very enjoyable Sunday with my wife, kids, and their aunties, at the Buckinghamshire Steam Railway centre just outside of Aylesbury. As a way to keep a three and a four year old entertained for a few hours, these places are great (and this one is one of … Continue reading Steam diesel

Flying without slides…

I'm presenting tomorrow morning to an audience of which I've been advised that one of the main people "doesn't like Powerpoint". The theme of the presentation is disruption. In a spirit of self-disruption I've decided to present without slides. I might do an odd bit of the old flip chart, but no pictures. I don't regard myself … Continue reading Flying without slides…

Five modes of innovation

OK - brace yourself. Bit of a long post coming up here... "Innovation". Many people talking about it. Not that many people understand it (I include myself there). Hard to do. Easy to talk about and so let's add to the kerfuffle... Let's start with the etymology: So, innovation - doing new things, or doing … Continue reading Five modes of innovation

Outsourced innovation

There is news this week that retail giant (and flagbearer of alternative ownership models) John Lewis is launching its own tech accelerator initiative into what is an increasingly competitive market for helping companies with ideas. Having spent some time on the periphery of the Tech City hub in East London, it strikes me that this … Continue reading Outsourced innovation


The BBC's Horizon series had a cracking episode last week on the subject of How we make decisions. At the programme's core was an exploration of the work of Daniel Kahneman whose book Thinking, Fast and Slow makes a great deal more sense to me know. Kahneman's work identifies two sorts of thinking patterns that … Continue reading Recklessness