Seven Things I’ve Learnt in 2014

Sometimes we need to pause and consider what we’ve learnt and achieved. This serves not just as a reminder, but as a focus for continued improvements and learning in 2015 and beyond. While this list is not completely work related, sometimes life has a way of permeating all aspects, and family, health and fitness are …

What Have You Shipped?

Last week I received a report on our departmental progress, it was in effect, a reminder of what we’ve “shipped” over the past six months. Having a regular reminder of your progress seems like a good thing, and it is supported by research: making headway on meaningful work brightens a person’s inner work life and …

Guarding your time

Sometimes you just have to say no. “You’ve gotta keep control of your time,” Buffett says, “and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life.” via: Why Productive People have empty schedules Over the past couple of months I have taken on a new role, one which currently …

The Cumulative Effects of Obstructive Complexity

Cumulative effects are very important. I shared the following article with my wife Robyn this week, and she shared many of the same frustrations as Scott just that very night at the local supermarket. Yogurt in multiple aisles, the loyalty cards, the self check out… When I’m ready to pay, I see long lines at the human …

Innovation in Engineering

I can spot them, the engineering companies that trade in formulaic solutions, even when the problem is begging for innovation. Perhaps it is the opportunity to reuse existing infrastructure, or try out a novel technique – all too often these firms will step back from the challenge and choose the “safe” option. If you are …

Ideas and People Who Matter

We get trapped in the mindset of current projects or fads, surrounded by people who endorse our ideas. The challenge is often not to convince people of your ideas, but to convince the right people. It is all too easy to be surrounded by (or to fawn over) people who agree – but are they …

Your Plan

Did you make a new years resolution? What timeframe did you choose for this conscious act of change? For most people, a new years resolution only lasts a couple of weeks or months because there is no plan to support the change. People who resolve to quit smoking forget that the act of buying cigarettes …