The next 20 years of disruption in marketing (and everything else)

“The Thames Illustrated. A picturesque journeying from Richmond to Oxford” — Source: The British Library If you follow the money instead of the marketing services sector’s own narratives, change on a scale far larger than anything Google or Facebook have brought is on the way. That’s the conclusion we can draw when we listen to…… Continue reading The next 20 years of disruption in marketing (and everything else)

Lead with questions

What’s wrong with the old model, anyway? The leader owns the question, the team owns the answers. That’s a thread running through several of things I have been reading and writing about for clients lately. Reading Liz Wiseman’s Multipliers this morning I saw  this quote from Tim Brown of IDEO: As leaders, probably the most important…… Continue reading Lead with questions

Scrum, by Jeff Sutherland — Book report and highlights

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland is part memoir and part introductory practical guide to the Scrum method for software development, which the author invented in the early 2010s and which is hugely popular and influential in business and management more generally. I gave the book five…… Continue reading Scrum, by Jeff Sutherland — Book report and highlights

Alternate Realities exhibition at Lighthouse

Belongings, an immersive artwork on show at Lighthouse, Brighton this week. The Alternate Realities exhibition from Sheffield Doc Fest is on tour and at Lighthouse in Brighton this week (22 – 30 October) as part of Brighton Digital Festival.  I took a look at some of the work on Friday and highly recommend a visit to…… Continue reading Alternate Realities exhibition at Lighthouse

Meeting room traffic lights at Brilliant Noise

Have you got this room booked? The dance of the meeting room hunt and bluff-double-bluff has many variations but is common to offices large and small across the UK. Open plan offices are still the dominant template for workspace design despite a growing army of detractors. So when you need a quiet space for an…… Continue reading Meeting room traffic lights at Brilliant Noise

Pencils for notes, keyboards for ideas

TL;DR: “Type as quickly as you can and always carry a pencil.” — Clive Thompson. When the late Iain Banks talked about the inevitable “where do you get your ideas?” question that authors are dogged by, he said, “we have exactly the same amount of ideas as everybody else – authors are just better at…… Continue reading Pencils for notes, keyboards for ideas

An inbox for the mind

This post comprises notes on a work in progress – a drive to reduce tech-based distractions and learn how to use personal technology help me get things done more effectively and with less distraction and stress. There is only one red dot on my smartphone now. It is to remind me to do things with…… Continue reading An inbox for the mind

Opt in tracking – an all too rare experience

I use the Overcast app for podcasts on my iPhone and iPad. It’s really good – straightforward with some useful features like keeping synced between devices and being able to control the speed of playback. Today it asked me if I wanted to “go anonymous”. So simple. So much simpler and less queasy an experience…… Continue reading Opt in tracking – an all too rare experience

The curse of the red dot

Mark Wilson at Co.Design temporarily switched from his iPhone to Android and never went back. Among the things he like better about the Pixel 2 was that it was calmer: How does Apple tell you that you have a new email or message? A red dot on the app. It’s the color choice of both…… Continue reading The curse of the red dot