Tackle the pinch, don’t wait for the crunch.

Imagine you’re in a meeting, and on more than one occasion, a colleague seemingly hijacks your ideas and raises them as their own. You might – quite rightly – feel irritated. In their book, Connect, authors David Bradford and Carole Robin identify this feeling as a ‘pinch’. Those little feelings of resentment, irritation or annoyance which […]

Struggling to work with a colleague?

Struggling to work well with certain colleagues? Find yourself having the same issues time and again despite promises to change? If you identify yourself or a team member from the scenario below, then hopefully I have a few ideas which might make you reframe your approach and have more clear thinking to create a better, […]

Inspiration (A Poem)

We all have ideas. Ideas are immortal. They last forever. What doesn’t last forever is inspiration. Inspiration is like fresh fruit or milk: It has an expiration date. If you want to do something, you’ve got to do it now. You can’t put it on the shelf and wait two months to get around to […]

Amy’s Advice to Andy

This week, one of my lead articles got pushed back a week and was replaced by this piece. A gentle but important reminder that you should take a moment to take the foot off the pedal when your energy is low. For the last week or so, I’ve been undertaking a seemingly trivial activity, using […]

Grid of emotions – plotting a route to honest conversation

We should all be aware by now of how incredibly powerful clear, simple systems can be. This is never more true that when you’re preparing to spend more than 70 days alone on the Arctic Ocean’s floating pack ice, in pursuit of becoming the youngest person in history to ski solo to the North Pole. […]

Scope Creep – don’t let the margin disappear in the run up to Christmas

Scope creep. See also, kitchen-sink syndrome, requirement creep, feature creep and focus creep. Scope creep refers to the uncontrolled changes in a project scope. In short? It’s where the margin disappears. Scope creep is problematic all year round for agencies, but as we head into the seasonal Christmas project frenzy, the implications for scope creep […]


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Just four hours. Do not ‘maximise your time’ or ‘optimise your day’

There’s not a lot I don’t love about this article by Oliver Burkeman. A few spoilers (but please read the full article, it’s worthy of serious consideration): Give up demanding more of yourself than three or four hours of daily high-quality mental work Do not ‘maximise your time’ or ‘optimise your day’ – instead, specifically ringfence […]