Do Mundane Things Culture Club

Here’s a question. How do you find a parking space for someone visiting your organisation? Is it as challenging as securing a visa for a sightseeing tour of North Korea, for you and your friends from the photography club? Alternatively, do you just check for an available space and book it? Simples! Recently I shared […]

Churchill Fellowship Post 2: Many Thanks, Panic Buttons and Dunning Kruger

Fulfilling the promise I made in my initial blog post (link here), I’m starting to share some learning from my Churchill Travelling Fellowship. This post summarises the whirlwind since the 2018 Fellowships were formally announced on the 9th March and today, the 25th. It’s been as interesting and exciting as people promised. Thanks… and Don’t […]

Failure is Not an Option, and Neither is Blame, Most of the Time.

Here’s a quick quiz.  Where did the phrase ‘Failure is not an option’ originate?  Queen Boudicca AD 61, in her famous  rallying call to the Iceni Tribe before taking on the occupation forces of the Roman Empire. Chief Engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel 1835. In his brief memo to all Great Western Railway staff, stressing the importance […]

The Life Cycle of a Silver Bullet

“Silver Bullets could actually be called Silver Boomerangs, because they keep coming back…”.  A lovely observation from Matt Wyatt which doesn’t need much explanation, and I’ll pick it up again later. It was prompted by the previous post, A lesson from the Lone Ranger on Pascale’e Management Fads and Silver Bullet Syndrome, which led to […]

Dog Poo! From Hero to Zero to Hero. A Brief Circular History

How can a noxious substance like dog poo move between multiple uses in society? a manufacturing process ‘raw’ material sought after by humans,  a public nuisance leading to enforcement and prosecution, and  a new opportunity to light the streets and improve communication? To put some context around my sudden interest in dog poo, it’s featured […]