The Atomic Theory of Meetings. Atoms and Meetings are made of mostly NOTHING.

Atoms and meetings are surprisingly similar. Just like in science, where atoms are the basic building blocks, for organisations meetings seem to fulfill a similar purpose. Organisations wouldn’t exist without them (apparently). Unfortunately many meetings aren’t as remotely useful (or interesting) as atoms, but there are startling similarities. Let me explain. Basically there are 3 […]

Power in Partnerships and when it goes bad.

Power is a bit of a taboo subject, we don’t really talk about it. But when you boil things down to what matters in any human connection, power really does count. This is particularly true in a partnership. If you’ve got big differences in how much power sits with people around the table, there’s a […]

Campbell’s Law and why Outcome Measurement is a Dead Cobra.

Target setting and ‘outcome measurement’ are part of a vast industry of checking and ‘holding to account’ but basically it doesn’t work, and probably causes more problems than if you didn’t bother in the first place. That’s a bit controversial…, particularly if you are in the game of; measurement, checking and ‘holding to account’. Let […]

The Retirement Speech Test. “I wish I’d said that years ago”

The Perfect Retirement Speech. I’m thinking of offering a course on how to write the perfect retirement speech. Nothing fancy, clever or sophisticated, just three bite-size chunks. Part 1 is just a case of, writing down what you really think about a specific topic connected to your working life; take your pick from the following […]

The James Reason Swiss Cheese Failure Model in 300 Seconds

James Reason Swiss Cheese Model. Source: BMJ, 2000 Mar 18:320(7237): 768-770 A while ago I was part of the Cardiff pilot of Practical Strategies for Learning from Failure (#LFFdigital). My job was to explain the James Reason Swiss Cheese Failure Model in 300 seconds (5 minutes). This is what I did. The Swiss Cheese Model of […]