The other week I tried riding a Segway/Hover Board for the first time. It didn’t go well; I lost balance, crashed, then gave up after one attempt fearing injury and a bruising to my ego. Not surprisingly my son with his young plastic mind got it almost straight away. Doing something for the first time is … More When was the last time you did something for the first time?
In my final years of high school I was labelled. I was average (to below average). I lacked discipline. I needed to work harder. It would have been easy for me to accept that story and have it define my life. What your schools, friends, colleagues and even family say about you is far less … More The story that shapes your life.
Last week I was out running with Jay tagging along on his bike. As I ran, a seagull became increasingly disturbed with my presence and finally started dive bombing me. We sought shelter under some trees and, once the bird was over it, we carried on. It is fair to say Jay was freaked out … More Does fear steal freedom?
Today, I have taken my 1000th photo of the day in a row. It all started on 25th April 2013, having successfully completing one 365 project in 2009/10 and failing one in 2012, I decided I would give another year of photo of the day a go. 1000 days later, I’m still at it. Some days … More My 1000 day habit of taking photos.
‘Kinstugi’ is the Japanese word that describes the art of repairing broken ceramics with gold. This art form is wonderful in the way it takes something that is broken, destined to be rubbish. And restores it. With gold ! Once repaired, it is considered more beautiful for having been broken. ∴ Often brokenness from our … More ‘Kinstugi’ the art of turning Brokenness into Beauty.
Happy New Year! By now a few of you are 5 days into your New Years Resolution. While others, like me, are yet to set some as we come back from our summer holidays. Wherever you are on your resolution cycle here’s a thought … Resolution comes from Resolve. Resolve means to have a determination … More Re-solving the New Years Resolution problem.
“Yes I’ve put that in my ‘stuff up’ folder” was the reply as we discussed a small error that one of my team had just made. Now the error the person had made was on a task they had never done before, (ever!) and hadn’t been trained for, but they labelled it a stuff up. … More Take care of your brain
I’m sure you have heard the phrase “practice makes perfect” many times in your life. You may have even used it on your children or other people you know. Indeed if you want to get as near as possible to perfect in something, practice is the key. Usually at least 10,000 hours of it. But … More The downside of ‘Practice makes you perfect’
For many people, one of the biggest curses of knowledge is that we tend to over complicate things. Case in point, I have been doing a lot of reading about Lean Manufacture and its application into the service industry. One book I slaved through this week explained Waste in a complex way that cumulated in the … More Smart people make things simple.
I was reading a study where people were given the opportunity to buy the exact same pain-killer, but packaged in different ways and costing different amounts of money. They then followed up to see which drugs worked more effectively, and discovered that the more expensive the drug, the better people ‘believed’ it worked. Think about … More The hidden power of belief
A number of years ago Bill Gates’ mother held a dinner party and invited both Warren Buffet (super rich guy) and Bill along. At the dinner party she ask what they believed was the single most important factor for their success. Both Bill and Warren gave the same one-word answer: “Focus.” Focus is one of … More 3 ways to stay focused on your goals
I hate running on a treadmill! Nothing does my head in quite as much as watching minute after minute tick by, while I stay in one place and move exactly nowhere. It’s funny how one minute can feel like a blink of an eye, but when things are moving slowly or you are watching a … More Do you have a minute?
I remember sitting with a couple of young entrepreneurs a few years ago as they asked my opinion on their business idea. The weird thing about the conversation is they tried to tell me without actually disclosing what their idea was. They were concerned that I might steal their idea. After playing that dance I … More Be more trusted, by first trusting.
This is a picture of a floppy disk I own and have held onto since 1993. It’s a backup disk of the accounts from my one of my first businesses in 1990. I have no idea why I am holding onto it. Maybe it is part memento and part my own personal IT museum, as … More Do you have 406 things you could get rid of?
A fantastic quote from 2006 on the difference between a Leader and a Manager. I think I first read it on a cereal box. The quote is still so relevant and a constant reminder for those of us on a quest to become better leaders (and sometimes even better managers)