Why feedback matters (and how to respond to negative feedback)

As part of my own development, I recently received 360 degree feedback from peers, my direct reports and the management layer above me.  It daunting to hear what people think and feel about you, so in this post, let’s look at why feedback matters, and how you might respond to it. Let me start by… Continue reading Why feedback matters (and how to respond to negative feedback)

5 workplace characters who stifle innovation and profitable growth

I use real life observations to highlight knowledge, experiences and learnings in my blog posts. Often, it’s easy to turn a negative experience into a positive learning. But sometimes, my inner demon comes out, and I feel the need to vent a little. This week’s cheeky tongue in cheek post pokes fun at characters and… Continue reading 5 workplace characters who stifle innovation and profitable growth

#AllRolesCanFlex – 5 tips on being more flexible with your people

My employer actively promotes a flexible approach to work, and I’m proud to work for a company that embracing flexible working.  Whilst some roles have traditionally been considered to have more flexibility (shift workers, those required to work at multiple sites, those working client-side), many have been tied to their desk in stuffy offices –… Continue reading #AllRolesCanFlex – 5 tips on being more flexible with your people

What does a data scientist have in common with Miss Marple?

Chatting with a colleague recently, I was struggling to explain how to make the most of a data scientist. Working with analysts and actuaries, who are used to manipulating spreadsheets, downloading data and extrapolating trends, it’s not so easy to explain the wondrous skills of data science. I wracked my brains and reflected on the… Continue reading What does a data scientist have in common with Miss Marple?

Valuing customers: Why I deleted my Facebook account

Many of us who are passionate about customers have been following the recent revelations relating to Facebook and customer data used by Cambridge Analytica.  The scandal centres around how Facebook, as a holder of vast amounts of customer data could allow the harvesting of data from 50 million Facebook users to be used by a third… Continue reading Valuing customers: Why I deleted my Facebook account

Feckless manager? Here’s what to do about it!

I was chatting with a business acquaintance recently, who expressed frustration at their manager – weak decisions, unclear plans, always caving in to other managers and not supporting his own team – this manager sounded feckless to me.  Feckless?  What sort of antiquated word is that? The origins of the word date back to the… Continue reading Feckless manager? Here’s what to do about it!

Why your product is NOT what the customer wants!

Whilst this post was intended to focus on the motivation of your strongest advocates, your champions, I hope you might first indulge me whilst I have a small rant! For those of us working on innovative solutions to old problems, one of the worst traps to fall into is misunderstanding the purpose of our product… Continue reading Why your product is NOT what the customer wants!