We have a plan! OK, but is that all you’ve got?


“I thought you were right handed”. My friend had just watched me latch a gate, close a hasp and lock a padlock with my left hand as we locked up the shed and retired out of the rain. Our planned day working in the garden was being curtailed by one of the squalls sweeping across Wiltshire and thus demonstrating the first of my topics here; we knew that the weather was unreliable and had a back-up plan. Read more…

more musings on measuring stuff


Measuring performance is important. It doesn’t matter whether you are measuring it at individual, team or organisation levels or that of pieces of equipment or infrastructure, you need to know how well things are working. Read more…

can you learn leadership?


Can leadership be taught? I believe that it can and to a good standard, but it is another question as to whether someone who learns how to lead can become a great leader. Read more…

holiday humour – FM the way is was


It’s another public holiday and so another amusing story is due. This one is a true story; it recalls events from over thirty years ago and it wasn’t too funny at the time because back then I was taking myself a little too seriously, but it was one of the things that made me see that flaw and do something about it. Read more…

the Environment or the environment?


We focus a lot on the Environment; we have targets to meet, numbers to report on and fines to avoid, all in a good cause. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not knocking it. Far from it because, whilst I am not a full-on Greenie, I have been doing green things from a time when to do so openly was almost career suicide. Read more…

“We have two or three strategies that we can use this afternoon.”


The quote is from someone connected with a sports team so perhaps I should have expected a linguistic howler or two, but aside from the amusement that the words afford there is a serious side for this individual was talking about just one element of his team’s approach to the event. Read more…

things come in threes


It’s an old expression and folks use it in terms of things both good and bad and sometimes, quite often even, it is true, but there is another rule of three that works every time if you use it.

As I have got older I have become aware of just how many things I have been taught that really didn’t register too well at the time, but later in life they have come back to me, usually after I have learned the lesson again, this time the hard way. That is very true of the rule of three that I’m talking about this week. Read more…

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