Category: Lessons

  • Mike’s theory of arcs and angles

    Mike’s theory of  arcs and angles

    One goal, which path would you take? Imagine you had a goal – perhaps to lose weight or to learn a skill, or even to build some capacity/capability as a person, team, company or country. Lets call that goal ‘B’ and your starting point – now – is ‘A’. The sharp angle path Now imagine […]

  • Lessons from a #LinkyBrains event no one else came to

    Lessons from a #LinkyBrains event no one else came to

    The LinkyBrains movement is purely accidental. It has gained and is gaining momentum primarily through small groups of people meeting to have coffee, some lunch or just a walk. What brings them together is the idea of different mindsets, curiosity, meeting kindred spirits – whatever. These ‘coffees’ are shabby-chic. There is often no structure, no […]

  • 10 Days into #LinkyBrains and this is what it's about for me.

    10 Days into #LinkyBrains and this is what it's about for me.

    10 mad days It has been the maddest 10 days of my life and I’ve had plenty mad. Time to reflect on this LinkyBrain thing – taking in all the feedback  that’s rolling in from chats, blog posts and spontaneous conversations and I’d like to share them. Here are my reflections, 10 days in. LinkyBrains […]

  • Why I don't cheat.

    Why I don't cheat.

    A tale of 2 exam papers Twenty seven years ago, in a small but important town in southern Nigeria,  two teenage boys – bored with revising for their GCSEs – succumbed to the temptation of ‘guaranteeing the outcome’ of their Chemistry exam. As with any situation with demand, supply always rises to meet it. As […]

  • Yes, learning is hard. But do it anyway.

    Yes, learning is hard. But do it anyway.

    It seems popular, these days, for coaches and consultants to talk about ‘continuous learning’ or the ‘learning organisation’. Learning is like sex – everyone nods knowingly when it is being talked about, but few are actually doing it well or at all. For me, learning a new skill is hard – especially if you are […]

  • My Camino is over for now. I walked 255 km for ME/CFS

    My Camino is over for now. I walked 255 km for ME/CFS

    In January 2016, I committed to take my dog – Maya – on a really long walk and I committed to use the walk to raise money and awareness for more investment into the medical conditions: Myalgic Encephalitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and FibroMyalgia. My best friend and my daughter both suffer from forms of these […]

  • Tales from my travels: 50 Bucks!

    Tales from my travels: 50 Bucks!

    I’ve met some of the most interesting personalities on planes. Or at airports. There is something about the transience of travel that seems to bring out a form of casual honesty. One such encounter was on a flight from Spain to Boston. As we boarded my connecting fight to Boston from JFK, I took my […]

  • 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 […]

  • #MH370 – Are we believing our own hype?

    As the painstaking search for MH370 continues and as families wait desperately for news – any news – of the fate of their loved ones, I can’t help but think we are in a dangerous mindset as a global community – that we are believing the hype of what we can and cannot do as […]

  • Early lessons from my '30 days of free #remote #agile #coaching' experiment

    In late December, I announced a really juicy offer of free remote agile coaching for 30 days for organisations willing to help me learn how remote coaching might work and how effective it could be. It is now late January and I finally got my 5 lucky volunteers from a total set of 11 respondents. […]