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Improving the oldest game in history

How might you be out of your length, width and depth? Chess had been around for aeons. The 6th Century according to Google. Then 3D chess came along 13 centuries later. It might take time, but, there’s always going to be a new and better way of doing things. It doesn’t mean you have to…

Generously Challenging

Tech and life hacks might have taken all the fun out of falling flat on your face.And as leaders, we do it to our teams too. Many, including me, have obliger tendencies and it’s in our wiring to help others and make things easier. No one likes to see others suffer. And yet, often it’s…

Stupidity begets Fearlessness equals Success

Inspired by Stephen Gates Stephen Gates is fast becoming another hero of mine and his Crazy One podcast is giving me plenty of food for thought. Namely, he’s very explicit in stating too many stupid people are successful and this is because they feel no fear. They want to do something and they go do it. …

You have some big shoes to fill…

Oh really. I do, do I? Living a military life we get to change jobs every two years or so. And then everyone around us is also changing jobs every two years or so. It’s not great for consistency, trust or relationship building. Whilst the military relies on uniformity, it’s not a foolproof formula. We…

The Trouble with Skills

Skills might be confused with outcomes or results. Skills are infinite and with practice and patience you can continually get better at them. Results are a snap shot – how successful something is at that moment in time. Recently I heard someone say, “positivity and confidence are skills”. I would assert those are outcomes. Because,…

Curating the Chaos

The messy middle has become one of those things that once you see it, you un-see it. That means we know it’s coming, it will be managed one way or another and it will pass. I have found that in making order in other places, the creative chaos has more space to lead the way. …

Aspire to become you

When I was a kid I loved Star Trek and it’s a favourite that has continued into my adult life. One of my early memories was playing in the lounge and imagining I was on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise using my Mum’s wooden sideboard as the console to control information and take orders…

Sharing Our Story

“A Smooth Sea Never Made a Skilled Sailor” Every veteran has a story that fascinates civvies because it’s so far removed from their own lives.  Veterans also have a habit of secrecy.  Don’t tell, don’t share, fit in and be like everyone else. To get to a place of creativity and expressing our unique voice…

The Art of Feedback

Generosity and curiosity might be the cornerstones of feedback. Because it’s a skill to say what you see and learn to do it without being judgemental. And to do that, it’s important to learn to see, really see, and be curious to dig deeper and more importantly – understand. Gather & Share: Creative Talk, is…

F@@k Talent!

It’s taken a while to change my thinking. It’s not my fault it’s taken this long, I have been working in regimented and rigid environments for many years and it takes time to adapt from ideas I have become accustomed to and understand. Here’s what I believe. I assert that Talent is an arbitrary and…