The Machine Part Fallacy

Right now, huge amounts of effort, airtime and emotion are being expended over how fair the exam results are for our children who have not been able to sit formal exams due to the disruption caused by our reactions to COVID. We are obsessed by how this years results might compare to last years results,Continue reading “The Machine Part Fallacy”

The negative scale effect..

Scale is so alluring. All that coverage, all that income. Scaling is an industry. Growth Coaches, Scale up Experts. 1.3 billion items listed on Google. Craft Coaching. Much less popular. 64 million listed on Google. Yet craft is where it all starts. Somewhere, right at the beginning of the product or service was someone dedicatedContinue reading “The negative scale effect..”

Can’t go round it…….

We are always on the edge of something. There’s the safe edge, and then there’s the scary edge. Like a black hole, threatening to suck us into that which we don’t understand and don’t control. I’ve found that much of the time, I’ve been aware of the difference and can choose whether to go, orContinue reading “Can’t go round it…….”

Possibility

Are we seeing a return to craft? Where do we go when we understand volume and scale are losing their lustre, and when the mantra of constant growth becomes recognised for the absurdity it has always been? When we can make or replicate almost anything, anywhere, and replace even the most complicated routine professional skillsContinue reading “Possibility”

A Time for Artists

The time was, only a few months ago that the economy was still considered stable enough to pay us in anticipation of us doing the work . An employment contract, a supplier contract, it was all based on our record of delivery. Defined jobs, with clear specifications, in a marketplace that was familiar. Of course,Continue reading “A Time for Artists”

I, They, We.

I’m staggered and hugely uplifted by both the resourcefulness and the generosity of some, often small businesses at this time and equally distressed by the attitude is some whose sense of entitlement sets them apart. The “I” crowd Those who think “they” should be sorting this out. Those who criticise the inevitable gaps appearing inContinue reading “I, They, We.”

Who’s got your rope?

Most of us find ourselves in something of a hole right now. The depth may vary, but whatever that may be, we want to get out. At times like this, we need somebody to throw us a rope, but because there’s a temptation to accept any rope that comes our way, we need to takeContinue reading “Who’s got your rope?”

What matters most?

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Oh Shit! As we go through this challenging, slightly surreal period, it’s a good time to reflect on what matters most to us, and what we place that at the mercy of. This period of restrictionContinue reading “What matters most?”

Reboot

Sometimes, we’re so busy “doing” that we put “being” on hold. We allocate time to holidays, at some point in the future, to reconnect with ourselves and those who matter to us. Things that get in the way are submerged or ignored. Until something like this. When we don’t really have a choice. In theContinue reading “Reboot”