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Office Speak: In the Wheelhouse - of boats and baseball

I’ve heard this phrase quite a bit recently, it’s one of those that comes and then it goes again. It’s primarily used by my colleague from the other side of the Atlantic where I suspect it’s a common phrase. That’s right in our wheelhouse What do we need…
I've heard this phrase quite a bit recently, it's one of those that comes and then it goes again. It's primarily used by my colleague from the other side of the Atlantic where I suspect it's a common phrase. That's right in our wheelhouse What do we need to do to get this nearer our wheelhouse? I'd always assumed that it was a boating term - boats have wheelhouses and that's the place where you control the boat - so being in the wheelhouse is the...
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I’ve been pondering the question of how we know that what we are being told is the real story. This was highlighted by a recent incident at an AFC Championship game. At a recent game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots there was a…
I've been pondering the question of how we know that what we are being told is the real story. This was highlighted by a recent incident at an AFC Championship game. At a recent game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots there was a technical problem with the systems that provide vital information to the sidelines. This system uses, as part of a marketing deal, a set of Microsoft Surface tablets. Disclaimer: I'm British and know...
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Managing my tasks my way with a bit of help from technology
Benjamin Franklin once said: In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. There's another things that's quite certain and that's lists and in particular to-do lists. The lists always exist, it's our choice how we manage them. There are many-many choices for methods of managing to-do lists and a correspondingly long list of applications that support the methods. My personal choice of application for the management of to...
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How am I to know what you know?
I've had a few conversations recently along the lines of: Someone else: "How do we do..." Me: "Well that's obvious..." Someone else: "How did you know that?" Me: "Doesn't everyone know that?" Someone else: "No, why didn't you tell me?" Me: I would have done if I'd known that you didn't know..." This is normally followed by a bit of embarrassment on both sides. I'm embarrassed because I made a false assumption about someone and made them feel dumb...
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In my post How I process information (2015 update) one of the changes I highlighted was that I’d started using Buffer. What Buffer does is relatively simple, but no less useful for its simplicity, and it’s elegantly done. When I read through information…
In my post How I process information (2015 update) one of the changes I highlighted was that I'd started using Buffer. What Buffer does is relatively simple, but no less useful for its simplicity, and it's elegantly done. When I read through information in a morning I find things that I'd like to share with other people, primarily on Twitter. As I come to these items I could just share each one as I go through them. The problem with this approach...
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“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Victor Frankl
"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." Victor Frankl
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It’s been a while for both Because it’s Friday and the Action Movie Kid, but this made me smile:
It's been a while for both Because it's Friday and the Action Movie Kid, but this made me smile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmpiizDX_lU
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They are watching you
I've been struck recently by how much of our life is influenced, even controlled, by algorithms. If you found his post through a search engine then you were only shown this post because an algorithm aligned my writing with your search terms. We trust these search algorithms so much that we rarely go to the second page of a set of results – our viewpoint of governed what we read and what we read is governed by the search algorithm. There’s a whole...
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In a previous story I told you about an experience with large waves at Hornsea. I also told you, in another story, about my Dad’s less than stereotypical approach to cars. This story brings those two threads together again. When I was younger we lived in…
In a previous story I told you about an experience with large waves at Hornsea. I also told you, in another story, about my Dad's less than stereotypical approach to cars. This story brings those two threads together again. When I was younger we lived in a house that still had an open fire. This type of fire were, at that time, being replaced with gas stoves across the UK. There's something magical about a proper fire though. There are environmen...
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I'm starting to feel like we are in a world of Millennial-washing.
Unlike other Office Speak posts this one isn't one I've heard in my office, but is one I think we should start using. For those of you who have been on a multi-year retreat in the Himalayas without access to electricity, the Millennials are that group of people who are currently entering the workforce and were born somewhere between the early 1980's and the early 2000's. According to the commentators something happened around then that turned thi...
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From time to time I decide that this little piece of internet real-estate needs a bit of a makeover. As we move further into 2016 I’ve decided that it is again time to do some tinkering. That tinkering isn’t finished, by any measure. These changes are…
From time to time I decide that this little piece of internet real-estate needs a bit of a makeover. As we move further into 2016 I've decided that it is again time to do some tinkering. That tinkering isn't finished, by any measure. These changes are always a bit of a journey where I start with a blank-sheet and customise until I'm happy. What you see now is the blank-sheet which will be tinkered with until I'm happy. This year's blank-sheet is ...
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There hasn’t been much new content on this site this year, there are many reasons for that, but I have to admit that the primary one is that I just didn’t get around to it. For Blessings posts the top 10 have looked like this: Count Your Blessings #120 –…
There hasn't been much new content on this site this year, there are many reasons for that, but I have to admit that the primary one is that I just didn't get around to it. For Blessings posts the top 10 have looked like this: Count Your Blessings #120 – Short Stories Blessings #183 – Counting the thing I have that money can’t buy Blessing #203 – High-Mileage Songs Blessing #205 – A Bit of Nonsense Count Your Blessings #64 – Stories, Fables and ...
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