Monthnotes – April 2022

Looking back at last month’s notes, I can see I was aiming to get back to regularly exercising. I’m signed up to a 50 mile ultra run in Snowdonia in early September, so there are four months to get as fit as I can for that kind of adventure. My success in...

Monthnotes – March 2022

Having lived by the annual P&L account for so long now, the end of the financial year has always felt like a time to mentally close down the current financial year, take stock for just a moment and then launch into a new reporting period and chase a new set of...

Monthnotes – February 2022

I started writing this month’s notes a couple of weeks back – I had a week off and had some spare time while travelling to start turning my usual random list of collected thoughts into a more coherent article. But as I was picking that article up again...

Monthnotes – January 2022

How people at work interact within organisations is an endlessly fascinating puzzle for me. And this month’s been all about trying to solve that puzzle just a little bit more every day. Family walk at Greatstone Beach, Kent. January 2022. There are plenty of...

Monthnotes – December 2021

I’ve been prevaricating about writing December’s monthnotes for a few days now. I’d put this down to not being sure what to write about and having been off work for a a fortnight for an extended Christmas break. Bishopsbourne morning run This made it...

Monthnotes – November 2021

I’m struggling to know where to start this month’s notes. It’s more than two years into my practice of reflecting at the end of each month, yet sometimes the words flow and sometimes they don’t. Today they don’t. Revisiting some favourite...

What does a Chief of Staff actually do?

Over the past eight months I’ve been working on a major transformation project to bring together the eight companies that made up The Panoply group into a single integrated business under a new brand. Today was another major milestone in this continuing journey...

Monthnotes – October 2021

It’s an early morning writing session for October’s monthnotes today. The combination of the end of UK summer time and returning from a sunny week away in Ibiza yesterday has meant an unusually early start for a Sunday morning for me. With that week off,...

Monthnotes – September 2021

As my reminder for monthnotes popped up today, my instant reaction was “how was that a month?”.I’ve stuck to the discipline of reflecting at the end of each calendar month for the past two years and it’s become part of the cadence of my working...

Monthnotes – August 2021

Today’s my first day back at work after a couple of weeks off, so August feels like it has been a month of two very different halves. Snowdonian cycling, August 2021 The first half was spent working with colleagues on our company-wide change programme, bringing...