Stories before the fall

Stories are wonderful things. What sounds like a heroic quest can often turn out to be a tragedy, as the current unravelling of superstar blood-testing start-up Theranos has become. If you’ve been living under a rock reading those rare business publications un-obsessed with Silicon Valley, the sorry story can is summarised well in BBC article…… Continue reading Stories before the fall

Scott Galloway on the break up of big tech – notes and video from DLD18

I’ve been mostly travelling since the DLD conference, so just catching up on my notes and reflections now. Scott Galloway was one of the people I was really keen to see speak in Munich. His recent book The Four was one of my best reads of 2017 – I bought several copies for our office…… Continue reading Scott Galloway on the break up of big tech – notes and video from DLD18

Cabbies at the gate – Uber’s CEO at DLD18

Arriving at the DLD conference shortly before Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi took to the stage there was a real buzz in the streets. Not delirious VC fanboys or ride-hailing fans, but a group of Munich’s taxi drivers none too pleased to welcome Travis Kalanick’s successor to the city. Protest was a theme that connected Khosrowshahi…… Continue reading Cabbies at the gate – Uber’s CEO at DLD18

Authentic leadership and digital transformation: Herminia Ibarra at DLD18

People struggle when they move up a leadership level – they find all sorts of reasons to do their old job and avoid the new one. It’s a subject that London Business School professor Herminia Ibarra has been studying for some time – and one she expands on usefully in her brilliant book Act Like…… Continue reading Authentic leadership and digital transformation: Herminia Ibarra at DLD18

Taking back the future – DLD18 notes from Day One

I’ve already posted about Paul Daugherty of Accenture’s session on AI – the following are some themes and notes I picked up through the rest of Sunday at DLD 18 Munich.  Yesterday at DLD began with Facebook’s VP Communications and Public Policy, Elliot Schrage, defending the company’s critics. What is Facebook going to do about…… Continue reading Taking back the future – DLD18 notes from Day One

How I read

Image: Foyles in Soho, London. Following on from my post about the best books I read last year – a few notes about how reading is changing for me. Like 2016, I set a reading goal last year on Goodreads the slowly improving, delightful social network for readers of 52 books, an average of one…… Continue reading How I read

The best books I read in 2017

First published on Medium. Sitting in the rear carriage of 2017 as it approached the annual terminal, I will admit to having been a little befuddled and bemused about what just happened. There were so many unexpected and hard to believe developments in the public sphere that if 2017 had been a novel I’d think…… Continue reading The best books I read in 2017