Another year, another attempt at developing a blog that sticks. Weirdly, something is different this time. I feel strangely qualified to start sharing my thoughts and experiences.
A few significant things have happened recently:
- I turned 50.
- I read Seth Godin's book 'The Practice'.
- After many attempts at building an Idea or Knowledge Garden, it's taken hold (or root) using Obsidian. I'm understanding and synthesising more and higher quality information than ever. You'll find a link to my Knowledge Garden on the navigation bar above.
- I feel like I'm doing the best work of my life, leading an IT Reboot initiative with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
So, what is this blog all about? and what's in it for you?
Let me start by what's in it for me 😉, because, let's be honest, no one does anything unless there's something in it for them.
Three reasons: 1) to do some good in the world, to pay it forward and maybe by helping good people do good things; 2) to improve my thinking and understanding by writing things down and asking, humbly, for feedback and 3) to beat a major procrastination issue I've had around publishing on the Internet.
For years I've been paralysed by an irrational fear of being judged harshly on my imperfect content. Irrational because I neither know who would be doing the judging and because I genuinely think I can produce material that other people would enjoy and benefit from reading / watching / listening.
By putting myself and work out there, accepting that it's a work in progress and imperfect I can put it out there as a gift. If you like it, great. If you can help improve it, even better. If you don't like it, then ah-well, it was worth a shot.
So, what's in it for you? You might learn something new. Maybe I'll challenge your thinking, or give you a different perspective. Maybe together we'll create something awesome.
And finally. What's this blog (and site) all about?
I do a lot of reading, writing and thinking about the following topics: leadership and management, technology (particularly enterprise technology and 'digital') and culture change including psychology, influence and motivation. I'm an advocate of new ways of working including lean, agile, design thinking, human-centred leadership and big on the principles of transparency, accountability, authenticity, empowerment, equality and diversity.
Add to that a pretty unique background myself. I identify as neurodiverse, and I'm continuing 40 year love affair with technology and people. I've had a pretty cool career so far and it's starting to get really interesting.