Maybe you haven’t analysed it enough? Calculated Choices. Carefully Considered. Absolutely Analytical.

42: Activity
Jun 18 • 13 min
Showing activity is considered by many to be THE critical pre-requisite to managing their teams productivity. What if they’re wrong?
41: Crisis
Apr 3 • 8 min
The Coronavirus, COVID19, SARS-CoV-2, is the biggest global crisis many generations have faced. Through our increasingly enforced social distancing and isolation, I’ve witnessed something unexpected that’s not what you think.
40: Pivot
Apr 11, 2019 • 12 min
Whilst Pivot is a more recent terminology often used in the context of a startup, it applies equally to many aspects of our lives, our endeavours or our own groups within companies of all sizes. We look at when, how, why and importantly if you should…
39: Influence
Mar 31, 2019 • 12 min
When you’re asked to direct a group of people sometimes you aren’t their direct manager. In those cases you’re expected to influence without authority. We look at how it’s different, why it’s hard and how you can go about it.
38: Ideas
Feb 28, 2019 • 11 min
Steve Jobs once said, the best ideas have to win. We unpack what that actually means in practice and ultimately look at how you can tell what the best idea actually can look like.
37: Owner
Feb 17, 2019 • 13 min
When you’re delivering a project understanding who the actual owner is or owners are is crucial. We look at how to figure that out, and how to tell projects that can’t figure that out.
36: Familiarity
Jan 20, 2019 • 11 min
We dive into why familiarity seems to breed contempt, why first impressions are the most misleading and demonstrate my Latin is terrible.
35: Competency
Jan 11, 2019 • 14 min
In every broad discipline it’s become impossible for one person to be competent in all aspects. Organisationally speaking, we look at how we could ensure a collective competency is maintained.
34: Care
Dec 30, 2018 • 11 min
There’s always something that someone expects you to care about, but the dimensions of care we put our energy into can make or break us.
33: Sinking
Dec 20, 2018 • 12 min
Looking at how maintenance teams function can reveal a lot about the system they’re maintaining. We dive in the consequences of poor design and long term operational costs.
32: Cloud
Dec 10, 2018 • 14 min
With operational technology relying more and more on desktop computer platforms for control and monitoring, just how much can be put in the cloud safely?
31: Self
Nov 8, 2018 • 12 min
Understanding yourself and self reflection can be good thing, but it can go too far. How far is far enough and how do you know when to stop?
30: Lists
Sep 27, 2018 • 9 min
Lists can be a great way of tracking things to do and random thoughts and ideas. But if they’re abused they can drag you down into list-hell.
29: Purpose
Sep 13, 2018 • 8 min
Purpose and Passion are inter-related but in ways that might not be obvious at first glance. We unpack why purpose is critical and how it changes everything.
28: Tools
Jul 12, 2018 • 11 min
Some people are obsessed with the tools they use to get the job done. How much better is the best tool vs the right tool and how much time should be spend seeking out the perfect tool for the job?
27: Creators
May 17, 2018 • 12 min
There are creators, consumers and regurgitators of knowledge and information. Which and you? And why I think you should spend at some of your time creating something.
26: Risk
Apr 19, 2018 • 17 min
Risk assessments are a critical part of engineering, but overly sensitive ones can paralyse an organisation. We look at how to make risk assessments useful and how to avoid some of the pitfalls.
25: Nostalgia
Apr 7, 2018 • 12 min
What do Vinyl and CDs and Candles and LED Bulbs share in common? We explore the differences between better, and simple nostalgia.
24: Feedback
Mar 21, 2018 • 16 min
Giving and accepting feedback to and from your manager or direct reports or even your peers is sometimes a missed opportunity. We explore how to make feedback useful again.
23: Metrics
Mar 1, 2018 • 10 min
Metrics can be very useful if they are carefully chosen. Badly chosen metrics can do more harm than good, so how can you tell the difference?
22: Teamwork
Feb 17, 2018 • 11 min
Teamwork is often thrown around as a concept, but do we each really understand whether we’re team players or not? What will you choose?
21: Rugs
Dec 14, 2017 • 10 min
Have you ever heard the expression, to have the rug pulled out from under you? Life does that to us all and sometimes you can do it to others without realising.
20: Music
Nov 30, 2017 • 10 min
Music can connect us to the emotions of others and ourselves yet so many of us won’t give all it has to offer a chance. We explore how it help and why it’s amazing.
19: Effort
Sep 28, 2017 • 11 min
Effort put into a team effort can steer the end result. If it’s good, that’s great! But what if it’s not?
18: Meetings
Sep 7, 2017 • 15 min
Meetings can be valuable, but they can also be a huge waste of time. What kind of meetings will you hold?
17: Time
Jul 27, 2017 • 9 min
There never seems to be enough time to get through everything that needs to be done. Or is there actually enough time and you’re just looking at it wrong?
16: Perspective
Jul 6, 2017 • 12 min
Getting perspective is one of those ideas that takes something quite complicated and condenses it into a singular expression. Let’s unpack that and get some perspective on getting perspective.
15: Downtime
Jun 15, 2017 • 11 min
What is downtime really? And just as importantly how about downspace?
14: Constraints
May 29, 2017 • 13 min
Constraints foster creativity apparently. Let’s explore how if that’s actually true and if the concept can help us.
13: Perfect
Apr 6, 2017 • 10 min
Is it possible to create something perfect with an unchallengeable criteria, or are you just wasting your time?
12: Better
Mar 16, 2017 • 9 min
How people justify the idea that anything you can do, I can do better is questionable at best.
11: Inspiration
Feb 23, 2017 • 9 min
Are all people, events or places constructively inspirational or are they distractionally inspirational, and how we can tell which to explore.
10: Honesty
Feb 2, 2017 • 10 min
If someone says that they’re about to be honest with you, beyond its overuse as an expression, does that actually mean they’re being honest?
9: Focus
Dec 29, 2016 • 25 min
When you’re trying to get something done, John’s Hierarchy of Focus is how I shut out the noise and get things done.
8: Authority
Dec 15, 2016 • 10 min
When asked at a self improvement course what Authority meant, the answer they got wasn’t what they bargained for.
7: Winning
Dec 4, 2016 • 8 min
Winning or losing are concepts taken from games. When you think you’ve won or lost an opportunity, is it really winning or losing?
6: Advancement
Oct 6, 2016 • 10 min
Advancement in an organisation isn’t a straight-forward thing and there’s no one easy answer, but if you want to give yourself the best chance, I have some suggestions.
5: Teachers
Sep 23, 2016 • 9 min
Teachers and teaching is an undervalued skill set and I try to correct a somewhat dismissive mangled old adage.
4: Jerks
Aug 11, 2016 • 11 min
Beyond the ad-hominem nature of dismissing another persons ideas because you think they’re a jerk, what does this behaviour tell us about ourselves, and who’s the actual jerk?
3: Give Them What They Want
Jul 28, 2016 • 10 min
When you’re hired by a company the role we end up doing often changes. How do we balance what needs to be done with giving people what they want to do.
2: Confpetence
Jul 14, 2016 • 10 min
Confidence and Competence have a similar outward appearance but there’s one sure way to tell them apart.
1: Goals
Jun 9, 2016 • 16 min
Analytical opens with a look at goals - personal goals, life goals and how to look at them.