Month: April 2014

  • Why #Medium is not for me right now

    Why #Medium is not for me right now

    I love the wide group of writers on Medium. I love the writing experience. I love the reading experience. I hate the inflexibility of publishing. – No scheduling, no on-publish triggers to share on social media! I hate the curation limitations  – collections that take months for someone to read something and decide to add […]

  • What the Croods taught me about #Startups.

    What the Croods taught me about #Startups.

    Know when to use a search party and when to form a kill circle. There is a great scene in the movie The Croods where the following exchange took place between Grug — the father of the neandertal Croods family — and Guy — their homosapien travelling companion, as they are confronted by a huge maze of tunnels that lay between […]

  • Pretend you didn't know me, how would you respond?

    Pretend you didn't know me, how would you respond?

    If this arrived in your inbox in response to a ‘job’ ad, how would you respond – if you even bothered to? Hi I’m Mike and I was exploring the interwebs and found a job you posted on [oops] – which sucks because it doesn’t say when you posted the job – so I don’t […]

  • The best kept secret for finding top talent

    The best kept secret for finding top talent

    Recently I have been exploring doing some remote Ruby development work, specifically with startups and specifically with startups that interest me. I find it humorous that everyone wants only the best. The best Rails developer, who is passionate about learning and speaks at conferences and eats and sleeps code and tests and works well with […]

  • #Startups, do you have a solution looking for a problem?

    #Startups, do you have a solution looking for a problem?

    I’m having a wonderful time being helpful on SoHelpful.me. So many different people – with amazing stories – reaching out to and trusting a complete stranger to help them via experience, learning and a diverse perspective. Recently I met with Greg – a super smart engineer with a really interesting invention who sought to understand […]

  • Fab.com: It is a fucking startup and…

    Fab.com: It is a fucking startup and…

    I read the post that Fab.com’s CEO – Jason Goldberg – published on his Tumblr site and I sought and failed to find a way to comment directly on the post. From what I could tell, people can only repost – not comment – on posts on Tumblr? Anyway, as I read what seemed to […]

  • Hey #Startups, the Investment Microsteps in customer development are really important

    Hey #Startups, the Investment Microsteps in customer development are really important

    If you are using Lean Startup to build your startup, you’ll know the importance of validating the problem you are trying to solve with people who actually have that problem. Steve Blank calls this customer development or getting out of the building. Recently I have been helping other startup founders out with what I am […]

  • What I learnt from learning to manage depression.

    What I learnt from learning to manage depression.

    A few years ago I had cause to seek help to address chronic depression. I met with my GP and he offered referrals to either an NHS psychiatrist or a new service that was being run out from their surgery –  a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. Knowing that I didn’t really favour a route that involved […]

  • How does your company address its organisational history? I'm doing research and would like to learn from you. Pls Share

    How does your company address its organisational history? I'm doing research and would like to learn from you. Pls Share

    Hey, I need help! I’m researching how companies address their organisational history?  Specifically I want to understand: How important do companies consider organisational history to be? What aspects do companies consider least to most valuable? What problems do companies repeatedly experience? How do companies practically address organisational history? What might a company learn from its […]

  • What Happens Next: Introducing The Improvement Partnership

    What Happens Next: Introducing The Improvement Partnership

    Following my successful and very insightful 6-week free remote coaching experiment, I am delighted to introduce a new service that is primarily designed for passionate companies who are committed to getting incrementally better – whatever better means for them – and who have tired of the buzzword bingo that is costly and generally ineffectively applied. Please show […]