Earn your Saturday: The 2 minute Rule

My Grandad Dennis used to say to me when I was complaining about a hard work week. “earn your Saturday”. I think I have earned this Saturday, I hope you have earned yours too. My aim for these posts that they are two minutes at most. To explore an idea or concept and share itContinue reading “Earn your Saturday: The 2 minute Rule”

In prison or in exile; neither are preferred but we must choose

In life we seek both company and solemnity, life presents choices between these two compulsions. We typically must choose between one or the other. The more we seek the company and comfort of others the more we feel hampered by expectations, obligation and conformity. If it is help you seek on a project or endeavourContinue reading “In prison or in exile; neither are preferred but we must choose”

L’esprit de l’escalier

I am often in a meeting or social engagement where a remark, joke or comment is made which leaves me speechless, I tend to take longer to process things than others. If someone says something against me I am usually embarrassed or confused as to how to react and so let the moment pass by.Continue reading “L’esprit de l’escalier”

You have no authority Jackie Weaver

This video that went viral, it says so many things to me, it says people can’t use zoom, that they can’t spell iPad, that this violent misogyny still exists at the local council level. However it also says that if you stay level headed and do the right thing, you will emerge with your reputationContinue reading “You have no authority Jackie Weaver”

Reading is not slacking

Meetings, team calls and 1:1’s are part of our working day culture and no one questions them on a calendar. What if you saw ‘Read a Book for an hour’ on someone’s calendar what would you think? Reading can change your perspective. This in turn can lead to improved productivity or you and your teamContinue reading “Reading is not slacking”

Stories improve sales

I read a good book recently called ‘Significant Objects’, it is a literary and anthropological experiment devised by Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn, where they demonstrated that the effect of narrative on any given object’s subjective value can be measured objectively. In their book, they recount an experiment on eBay. “Stories are such a powerfulContinue reading “Stories improve sales”

Good, better, best, never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best

The search for self improvement is a constant one. It implores you to be uncomfortable being comfortable, discontent feeling content. You can always improve but it will require effort there are many ways I picked eight things I do to try and be better; Read books; No surprise with this first one Listen to podcasts;Continue reading “Good, better, best, never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best”

This place is ‘my water’, where is yours?

I miss the sea more than anything else in the pandemic. I usually go to the beach every Friday and return Sunday night, most of the year round. I have a beach holiday home and a little beach hut by the sea in a town called Lancing. It is not grand, it is certainly nothingContinue reading “This place is ‘my water’, where is yours?”

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow

Even the most fortunate of us would agree that life can and is difficult. My mum used to say often, “Nathan, no one promised you a rose garden” Everyone of us experiences difficulties that are hard to overcome. It was Buddha that said “Pain is certain, suffering is optional.” No matter what we’re going through itContinue reading “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow”

I was involved in a a bank robbery and Jesus was my getaway driver

Authors Note: As click bait goes. thats a cracker right? I mean it would be great click bait if it were not true. My last day of a business trip to Pleasanton in 2019 was an eventful one. I managed to lose, cancel and find my passport. Then feature in a bank robbery, yes thatsContinue reading “I was involved in a a bank robbery and Jesus was my getaway driver”

Koi carp on Cialis and the secret fax

It is funny how nostalgia can file off the rough the edges of the good old days. I often think back to when I was I used to work for a pharmaceutical company supporting commercial IT. I supported a bunch of different teams, all of them were nice people and occasionally you would see someContinue reading “Koi carp on Cialis and the secret fax”