3 Rare Skills That Make Presentations Clear and Memorable

Reading Time: 5 minutes Bad communication is like a tax we all collect from each other continuously, every year, and every day. What can you remember from that hour long presentation you heard this morning? Can you name three real takeaways that have stuck from all the time you spent in meetings and presentations last week? Let’s face it … More 3 Rare Skills That Make Presentations Clear and Memorable

The Four Most Important Things in Investing

Reading Time: 2 minutes “Investing is the perfect example of a complex problem with no known solution. There are no secrets.” – Nick Magguili (Of Dollars and Data) So what really matters most in the volatile, uncertain and ambiguous environment of investing? Better models? Research? Skilled managers? Access to deals? These things can and do matter, and fortunes have … More The Four Most Important Things in Investing

Underrated Skills

Reading Time: < 1 minute Disagreeing well: it’s easy to disagree badly (and agree badly), and we all know the truism that different viewpoints is good, but harnessing dissenting views in practice is so much harder than you think Managing meetings effectively: many companies would baulk at an expense of several £’000, but routinely allow such sums to be wasted … More Underrated Skills

Simple, but not easy

Reading Time: 2 minutes Some simple skills I think are underrated in today’s world of work: Planning effective meetings Facilitating effective meetings Capturing actions cleanly, and following up Structuring communication clearly and effectively These things don’t get talked about much, but when you work with someone who does them well it can be literally a life-changer, and so refreshing. … More Simple, but not easy

20 Questions to Reflect Professionally and Personally on 2018

Reading Time: 2 minutes The end of the year is a great time for real reflection, which can actually be surprisingly powerful in learning and developing (whether you define that as being better at work, at home being happier or more fulfilled etc). Sure you say, I know that and I’ll reflect at some point, on the train home … More 20 Questions to Reflect Professionally and Personally on 2018

15 Things that changed my perspective so far this year

Reading Time: 5 minutes   Wiser – how group decisions can let us down 50 years since the term “groupthink” was first coined it is still alive and well in the corridors of power in government, business, finance and elsewhere. This readable book by Cass Sunstein & Reid Hastie systematically unpicks the aspects of human nature that can lead … More 15 Things that changed my perspective so far this year

Top 2017 Reads: Blogs, Articles, Books & Podcasts that changed my perspective in 2017

Reading Time: 5 minutes Why a Focus on Personality Matters Fascinating insights from Deloitte and Harvard Business Review helped me understand the role of personality in workplace interactions, and allowed me to re-interpret my relationships with colleagues and peers more productively   volatilityviewpoint.w… Ray Dalio’s Principles Embrace reality and deal with it. Fail well. Understand that tension is key … More Top 2017 Reads: Blogs, Articles, Books & Podcasts that changed my perspective in 2017