How can you tick the box when you’re thinking outside it?

It’s the age of the gig economy and the portfolio career, so we’re told. Yet, judging by the number of people still streaming off the 7.13 to Waterloo and the recruitment angst pervading LinkedIn, a lot of us are still ticking those traditional career boxes; get qualified, get a job, get fed up with that… Read More

#996, the work paradox and the joy of extreme pottering

There’s been a bit of a Linkedin storm following Billionaire Jack Ma’s comments supporting the ‘996’ work culture in China, where people in the tech sector are expected to work 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. It’s part of the long running debate on work/life balance and the perceived constant pressure to work… Read More

Happy 2019! An idiot looks at the future of business, and turnips

I owe you an apology or two. First, I’m meant to be running this as a business blog, hosted on my business website, and (if I can trust my analytics) read almost solely by a bunch of LinkedIn contacts (thank you for your support). Yet I fear my last few posts have gradually strayed further… Read More

Kev the corneal ulcer, and why we need a public service process revolution

Recent news and personal events have got me thinking again about some of the big social disruptors like automation, the ageing population and changes in our work patterns. Specifically, I’ve been wondering how we adapt to the new social pressures created by these disruptors, and how we stop public services like health and taxation becoming… Read More

GDPR the sequel – now it’s personal

I recently jumped on the GDPR bandwagon with a blog post about it, and I couldn’t resist coming back to it. In that post I argue the importance of the ‘Four Ps’ in complying with the regulations: does your implementation address the fundamental principles, are those principles all pertinent to your organisation, and are your GDPR… Read More

The service desk revolution – the age of the Information Ninja?

I was delighted when a former colleague got in touch about one of my blog posts. Apart from the boost to this writer’s fragile ego, it’s always great to hear from ex-workmates, and the cherry on the cake was that he suggested a post topic which particularly piqued my interest. We both worked in IT… Read More

What happens when the work runs out?

Automation’s impact on society is generating much interest, with prognostications all the way up to impending robot Armageddon. Even more measured assessments warn of a double squeeze on resources as the population ages and a significant proportion of human jobs are automated. I’ve written about this in two previous posts on this blog, about the… Read More

Carillion, complexity and the dawn of the robot CEO?

I don’t follow all the ins and outs (mainly outs, I guess) of the outsourcing trend, but for me, as for many people, the collapse of Carillion gave pause for thought. I was particularly taken by Matthew Vincent’s excellent FT article on why Carillion went into liquidation rather than  administration , partly because I actually understood most… Read More