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Should I Migrate to Hey for Email?

Having signed up the wait list for Hey, I received my invite and subsequently undertook a two-week trial. What happened next has changed how I interact with email forever. Although I may be repeating information that is already out there, I’m going to focus on a small number of features that let you change your […]

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The Lockdown Effect

As some countries around the world lift restrictions following COVID-19 lockdowns, we can start to see the effects the lockdown will have on different companies and industries. From the data I have seen so far, the lockdown effect seems to divide organisations into three broad categories: winners, losers, and recoverees. Let’s look at what this […]

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Where to Place Your Desk in Relation to Your Windows

Half-human, half-bird; the sirens lured hapless sailors to their destruction. Your window could be doing the same to you in your new WFH set up. Over the years I have been responsible for several office redesigns. The most common trigger for me to wade in and start moving furniture is the location of desks in […]

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Advertising Experiment: What are Annoying Adverts Worth

Firstly, to list of the sampling issues with this experiment would mean a near-infinite scrollbar. The intention here is not to say that “this is what you will experience”. The purpose of this article is to show that annoying adverts make more money than subtle advertising; but that you should test how much more and […]

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Tragic Competition

Tragic Competition occurs when the service fragments between many service providers, and each charges a similar subscription. For example, you can currently subscribe to a music service provider who will give you “all music” for $10/month… imagine if this was replaced with multiple partial offerings at the same cost, for example each record label offering […]

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The Definitive Decadic Reference: Gifting Back the New Decade

As we entered 2020, you will have no doubt heard people celebrating the new decade. Just as certainly, you will have heard those declaring that this is not the start of a decade, because we have to wait until 2021. In this post, I rebut this tiresome pseudo-intellectual peacocking and gift back to the humble […]

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Symmetrical Professional Behaviour

I started to write this from a leadership perspective, but soon realised that this is a general principle that applies at all levels within an organisation. It’s a principle I’m going to call symmetrical professional behaviour. It works like this… whatever formal or informal contracts you use to interact with other people, it needs to […]

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Tech is Only as Bad as the Non-Tech Analog

I had an interesting discussion with a very smart woman I know about tech. In particular, we talked about whether technology is inherently good, or bad. Our conclusion was that tech is only as bad as the non-tech analog for the activity you are engaging in. This is deep stuff, so let’s use some examples […]

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Grinders vs Growers: Millenial Falcons Fly Free

There is an emerging theme of videos and articles aimed at millennials, telling them that they need to stay in jobs longer and learn “grit and perseverance”. This is the modern equivalent of the patronising change management book “Who Moved My Cheese”, which is handed out by lazy managers when they are performing radom acts […]

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Principles of Object-Oriented Living (OOL)

I thought I’d have a bit of fun applying Uncle Bob’s SOLID Principles to life. Obviously, this is a metaphor that could be stretched too far; but here are the principles of object-oriented living. If you aren’t familiar with these principles as applied to programming, you probably ought to start with Uncle Bob’s article linked […]