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Waiting for the little, big stuff

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The following words are from a partly overheard conversation – “I just wish they’d get on with the little, big stuff”. I didn’t hear the response but the words struck a chord.

The big unknown for an increasing number of people is learning to cope with an increasingly uncertain future. Whilst it’s the done thing to cope and soldier on, stiff upper lip and all, after a while it becomes mentally exhausting and starts affecting people’s wellbeing.

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The grey area of disruption – a breakthrough from #agecamp

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Like fog, grey areas can be places where it is difficult to see what is going on and where sight of the bigger picture can be lost. Continue reading “The grey area of disruption – a breakthrough from #agecamp”

The importance of divergent voices

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“We need people to take different choices. We need people to state different views. We need people to go a different way. Some will work. Some won’t. Let’s judge the outcomes when there are outcomes to judge, not by the pack called sentiment. Our ecosystem of innovation in ways of organising will be richer for the diversity.”

The above is taken from a thought provoking post by @simongterry titled The pack called sentiment. Take a read and pop back.

Simon talks about how sentiments in a networked world change quickly and how in our reinforcing bubbles of information we can see shared views increase rapidly and reverse direction quickly on the slimmest pieces of information.

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Pleasing all the people

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This week I attended #buyyorkshire, the North’s biggest business conference put on by the Yorkshire Mafia. Great event and the two speakers I saw didn’t disappoint. Sir Ranulph Fiennes, explorer, and former football referee Howard Webb MBE. Both achieved against the odds, and both so passionate and committed in what they did.

Summarising Howard Webb’s talk with images, he described how ordinary people with passion, dedication and a little bit of luck can achieve great things. He certainly did. Continue reading “Pleasing all the people”

The personal touch

IMG_20130826_181316As usual, the seasonal break has been a time of contemplation and self reflection. I’ve been considering what’s happening and changing in my area of work, around where I live and at home as myself, colleagues, family and friends prepare to move on to the next chapters of our lives.

It’s made me consider and appreciate what I have. I’ve also read far more than I usually do and I’ll share some of that shortly.

The family was reunited as firstborn returned from Russia before heading off on his travels again in February. Russia is a communication culture we’ve recently learnt about by experience. It’s not as easy to access folk in Russia in some ways but compared to how things were when I was studying away from home it’s a lot easier. We did however Skype him every week and perhaps spoke more often than when he was at university in the UK. It was good to actually see him talking with us. It certainly narrowed the distance but it’s been really nice to have him home.

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It started with a conversation

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Last Thursday was a good day and a bad day.

It was good because an idea that made things happen was recognised with an award. The award was ‘Best Communication for Change’ at the Comms2point0 Unawards. The folk behind the awards and those in that network are top people. The Un is quite befitting in the context of why it won and I’ll come back to this later.

The idea was a real simple one. What if we explored what a more sociable place to work might be and then did stuff to make it that way? So things like what if we made it easier to find people, connect and share? What if where I worked was a more sociable organisation that helped make a more sociable place to live, work and play? Continue reading “It started with a conversation”

More with less

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The only time I can recall a guaranteed ‘more from less’ was a science experiment at school. Set fire to ammonium dichromate and watch the orange crystals triple in size as they turn into a green mass. It had no purpose other than leave a huge mess and waste 20 minutes of a science lesson. No doubt others remember that bit of science as it threw up something not quite believable. And then there’s a story I heard about bread and fish.

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A different faith

yemenOne of the films that made me think the most was Salmon fishing in the Yemen. I’d not heard others rave about it and it didn’t catch my eye when it was a trailer. Fishing is not my thing either so I don’t know what sttracted me to it.

Times are getting tougher for most folk. Messages about even harder times for public services are becoming more blunt in tone. The reality of less folk to do what is needed are increasingly being felt, meaning some things will have to change and some things will stop.

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Devaluing friction

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Use words like ‘disruptor’ or ‘activist’ when talking about organisational development or business change and there will probably be a few eyebrows raised.

“Disruption! – we’ll have none of that round here thank you kindly, even though things need to change”

Well it’s been a year since seeing the sun go the other way across the sky showed me that being prepared to see things differently can make a huge difference to how we interact with others. 

Another penny dropped whilst on my travels about how what we value might be perceived as different to what others value or see, even when it’s the same thing. Similarly, that how we demonstrate what we value can say a lot about us.

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