My Top 6 Books of 2018

Reading Time: 2 minutes Prisoners of Geography This book was a massive “AHA” moment for me: rivers, mountains, seas, plains, boundaries and why they mean, almost everything. Shoe Dog I’ll never look at a pair of Nikes the same way again. A business non-fiction that reads like a novel. A great real life tale combining sports and business entrepreneurship … More My Top 6 Books of 2018

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

Running off DB Pensions: What is Self-Sufficiency?

Reading Time: 9 minutes A simple question of defining an oft-used term leads to important but tricky questions, and throws light on key issues. It becomes clear that running a pension scheme in run-off mode involves a very different set of considerations to deficit recovery mode. Mindset, language and tools need to change. The conclusion is that a full … More Running off DB Pensions: What is Self-Sufficiency?

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

[Books] Wiser (part 2) – getting past groupthink to better outcomes

Reading Time: 3 minutes Authors Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie have put together an excellent and readable taxonomy of the “bugs” that can afflict group decision making and cause groups to blunder in their book Wiser. In the first part of this blog I discussed their dissection of the causes of group decision making failure. How can we make … More [Books] Wiser (part 2) – getting past groupthink to better outcomes

[Books] Wiser – how group decisions can let us down

Reading Time: 5 minutes I’m sure you can picture the scene. A group sits down to make a critically important decision. Much discussion follows. One person after another lays out their views, lots of points are made. There are some clear areas of agreement. Nods all round. The answer starts to become clear. With a few changes a consensus … More [Books] Wiser – how group decisions can let us down

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