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How you judge your progress and resources for your 2019 ambitions

Thanks to all those readers who participated in our latest poll, of your progress last year. Initial results are in, so let me share them with you all. It has been fascinating to review your answers, especially compared to the results from last year. It seems there have been some changes. The questions asked in this survey were selected to shed light on actual practice compared to advice shared on.. Read More

Data Visualisation excellence, my faves from #IIBAwards 2018

Data Visualisation excellence

This time of year we have another opportunity to celebrate excellence in data visualisation, at the IIB 2018 awards. The Information Is Beautiful (IIB) awards have been running since 2012. Originally created by Data Viz pioneer & artist David McCandless.  His excellent Information is Beautiful blog works well with sponsor Kantar Media. Together they have done a good job of highlighting some of the best data visualisers of 21st century.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, to review your story

review your story

Is this the time of year when you review your story? Perhaps you expected me to say appraise your performance, or review your goals? Under traditional performance management systems, end-of-year can be full of interpreting metrics. How can you present your performance this year in the most favourable light? But I wasn’t talking about ‘spin‘, rather a different kind of review. Over recent years, my leadership coaching practice & CPD has.. Read More

Apps I keep using, a leader’s view on 3 standing the test of time

apps i keep using

More apps in this post, continuing our theme with a different leader’s “apps I keep using“. Whether researching cars or holiday locations, it’s always useful to hear from experienced users. Once the lure of the ‘sexy demo‘ has worn off, how well does the item live up to its promise. So, as part of our new series focussing on apps that leaders find useful, I’m pleased to welcome back guest.. Read More

How a book can help you, ask a more beautiful question, and why that matters

More beautiful question

Books can help you do many things better, including asking a more beautiful question. If that sounds intriguing, so is the benefit that guest blogger William Buist has gained from this book. It’s a pleasure to welcome William back. You may recall that he has blogged for us here before, on topics including GDPR/external change and physical environments.

When should your teams do different work? Follow this research

When

As we focus on developing your teams, I’m delighted to share why you need to focus on when? In his latest book, renowned business writer Daniel Pink, shares his extensive research on timing. In “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing”, he makes a convincing case for us all to focus more on when to do different tasks. Despite being deeply researched, sharing evidence from a wide range of sectors,.. Read More