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Where will the world be in twenty years?

Old and Young — where is the world headed? by Ekaterina Shakharova on Unsplash

Where is the world headed? I don’t have all the answers, but I want to show you how demographics can give us a clue! Demographics are the study of the structure of populations, and I find them fascinating.

I’m always looking for ‘free to use’ indicators that tell you a lot at a glance. For me, this is the best one for long term forecasts. First I’ll show you how I use them, before taking a few countries’ examples and diving into the second order impacts of different age profiles. …

How understanding demographics can show us the future

“Working longer and harder” : Photo by Kahar Erbol on Unsplash

China’s population has been in the news a lot recently because they have just released their census results and they are scary. There just aren’t enough babies being born.

A traditional population has more children than adults and more adults than aged people, creating a ‘demographic pyramid’. That is how it still looks in Africa, whereas Europe has flattened off due to increased life expectancy and fewer children.

China does not have a traditional population pyramid. It is alarming and spiky instead.

The graphs below show how China has changed over the last 40 years, a period which has coincided…

Lists are a terrible waste of your time and mine. Here’s a list to explain why.

’10 ways to waste your time’ : Photo by Tristan Colangelo on Unsplash
  1. There is no nuance in a list, which means that the topic is either really basic or the article is incomplete and oversimplified.
  2. The headlines draw you in but the substance leaves you wanting.
  3. They are used by even the most reputable of news sources e.g. New York Times, BBC News because they get more clicks. They think that wasting pixels is not a problem like wasting printed column inches, despite the damage it does to their reputations.
  4. There is always one of the points that is repeated in a slightly modified fashion to help get an attractive number in…

Different takes on leadership, from submarines to presidents

‘Path to Greatness’ Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash
  • Have you ever had a terrible boss at work?
  • Are you about to take on a leadership role but don’t feel ready?
  • Do you want to be a leader?
  • Or do you just want to learn more about some fascinating people?

These are four exceptional books I would strongly recommend for you to pick up and read. As Simon Sinek says: Start with Why… I’m writing about this because these books have really helped me along the way, changing key aspects of how I live, work & lead. …

A simple software modification to MS Teams could change the paradigm for remote work

“Empty Offices” by LYCS Architecture on Unsplash

Since March 2020, the working world has taken part in the largest social experiment ever conducted — lockdown. People around the world have been taken out of their usual routines and faced instead with a screen and a choice of business and social networks such as Teams, Slack, Zoom, Whatsapp, Facetime. In the process, we’ve lost valuable and enjoyable aspects of office life: the water-cooler chat, the corridor conversation, the coffee-break catch-up.

I was part of three major office moves as our company went from 50…

A positive spin on a tumultuous time

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10.10.19 — or “Ten-Ten” is a day that will stay with me for a very long time. It was the day that we were told the Dyson Electric Vehicle Project or “Automotive Category” was to be shut down. The murmurs beforehand, the ‘last minute meeting’ with everyone on the project that had actually been planned for weeks. The contractors being ejected from the building just before the main event, with the release to the rest of Dyson & then the world hours later. …

The easy route to fantastic conversations with new people

“Great Conversations, Any Location” : Photo by Start Digital on Unsplash

Have you ever walked away from a conversation and thought ‘I’ve learnt nothing from that’? Do you detest ‘small talk’ or dread meeting new people?

We’ve all had the same unsatisfying exchanges:

  • What’s your Name? Steve
  • What do you do? Finance
  • Where are you from? London

These are closed questions that can usually be answered in one word, with a high chance that you won’t find anything in common to build on. It can also make them feel like they are being interviewed so they may start to get defensive! …

Written for all those wanderers (in mind or in body) feeling constrained by global responses to Covid-19 & changing approaches to freedom.

‘Quarantine’ : Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

Towards the end of my two week quarantine, but while still locked up; I found myself feeling freer than I have been in a long time. This may sound odd. I had time to think, so I did. Forgive me if my thoughts tumble onto the page in an odd order. I hope to make you think too.

The definition of freedom is “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants”. It is also…

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