A Lighthearted but potentially serious question This post is based on an editorial piece I wrote for the Q4 2019 Institute of Water Journal which was focused on leadership and management Would you like your managers to be looking for work to do, rather than struggling to meet objectives? And having time to develop their […]
A cheap and effective way of beating the ransomware bandits let’s look at this from the other end first. Imagine you run a small business , like I do. The phone rings. It one of your people telling you that they can’t access any billing or client order information because all your files have been […]
Or why the best candidate may not be the obvious one This post is based on an article I wrote for the spring 2019 edition of the Institute of Water’s magazine The problem What do you do with a team member best described as a rough diamond, technically brilliant but a challenge to work with? […]
in August 2017 I wrote about three small acts of kindness that I had experienced. In each the giver did not do have to do what they did, but did so anyway, and in each case I had a better day as a results. Nice…. In this case the small act of kindness was by […]
In the summer of 2017 I was offered a three month contract as Interim Water Quality Monitoring Manager with Southern Water to help implement a new Compliance and Resilience directorate. Writes Bob Windmill Eight months later (yeah, I know) I had led the creation of an entirely new team of six monitoring scientists and a […]
In this post you will read about a device that costs low hundreds of pounds which only does he same basic job as a something costing about a third of that, but one which I still wouldn’t want to be without. So, what is this device, and what makes it worth the money?
Reading the post you will see why I value a device that cost less than thirty pounds, that at various points caused me to pull my hair out, but yet I wouldn’t want to be without. So what’s the cheap but effective example, then?
I firmly subscribe to the idea that people and relationships are more important than material possessions, yet in a recent discussion I found myself defending the idea of possessions being important. Subscribe or buy? The context was a discussion with a group of friends on millennials increasingly buying rather than possessions, and opting for subscription […]
And not the one you thought it was… Have you ever wrestled with a problem, spending hours and days getting nowhere? Where what ever solution you come up with just wouldn’t work? This post is about a recent example of my own making. Happily the consequences were not serious but it was a sharp reminder […]
In my first post on 3×3 Management I gave my thoughts Leadership and the three key ideas of management styles, effective recruitment and personal values. In my second post I looked at people management and the three key ideas of treating people with respect but setting limits, recognising good performance and addressing poor performance, and […]