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Lived in Kenya, UK, & now Singapore. Love meeting people, reading, & playing sport. Enjoy everything from Entrepreneurship to Education to Ecology.

Different takes on leadership, from submarines to presidents

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  • 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

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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

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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.

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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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