The Fall of Boris Johnson

Audience for Sebastian Payne at the Blue Bear Bookshop in Farnham There’s recently been a Literary Festival (3rd-12th March) in nearby Farnham and one talk I went to featured Sebastian Payne, author of the recently published ‘The Fall of Boris Johnson’. The event was held in the delightful Blue Bear Bookshop (see picture above).  SebastianContinue reading “The Fall of Boris Johnson”

The Impact of Daily Reflection

I’ve been meditating for short periods for over a year now, usually first thing in the morning and found that it’s really helpful. Recently I’ve started a daily self-reflection period to get a more balanced view on things. I was interested to read that research reported by UCL has provided evidence on the positive impactContinue reading “The Impact of Daily Reflection”

Expectation Management

From the journalist Ian Dunt, on the role of expectation management in handling government election results (but is far more general): “The purpose of expectation management is to neutralise the impact of that data. It uses storytelling to blanket the brute reality of the numbers. It turns an Excel spreadsheet into a Word document.” SuccinctlyContinue reading “Expectation Management”

Knowledge Cafés – What Are They?

Recently I attended an online gathering known as a Knowledge Café. It was organised by David Gurteen who is well known for his many contributions to knowledge management as well as running such Cafés all over the world. Here’s David’s description of a Knowledge Café and it’s purpose (my emphasis in bold): “A Knowledge CaféContinue reading “Knowledge Cafés – What Are They?”

Exhibitions At The London Tates

I’ve recently been to exhibitions at Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London. The first was by (the very impressive) Paula Rego, followed by Anicka Yi and Rodin, and finally the recently opened Hogarth exhibition. I’m a member (supporter) of the Tate and decided a couple of months ago to visit regularly as Covid-19 issuesContinue reading “Exhibitions At The London Tates”

Making Decisions Under Doubt

A previous post discussed new approaches to handling doubt, motivating it’s use as a source of creativity and wisdom rather than as a mental block. There was a focus on exploring unknowns and not being paralysed by them. I was interested to see this quote from Deborah Meaden, a well-known UK entrepreneur and investor: “ButContinue reading “Making Decisions Under Doubt”

Doubt As A Superpower

The most popular post I’ve ever written concerns the well-known physicist Richard Feynman and how he overcame a brief period of dejection after winning the Nobel prize in 1965. Perhaps paradoxically, he doubted his ability to continue to make useful and original contributions to theoretical physics after the prize, maybe thinking he had reached hisContinue reading “Doubt As A Superpower”