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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...

Monthnotes – July 2021

July feels like it’s been a long month. A lot of ground covered both mentally and physically seems to have taken its toll a bit and I’m feeling quite empty and lacking in my usual drive and passion. A day off and a short trip away to visit family at the...

Monthnotes – June 2021

Earlier this month I joined my first session of a monthly networking group for people worldwide who are working in progressive organisational design. Organised by Brent Lowe, it was a superb opportunity to meet people working in a wide range of sectors, doing a wide...

Monthnotes – May 2021

As well as being my 18th wedding anniversary, apparently today’s the hottest day of the year so far in our part of the UK. The sun’s shining, the coast-bound roads are busy and I was lucky enough to spend the bank holiday weekend weekend at a small...

Monthnotes – April 2021

It’s interesting that the past month for me has been quite focussed on thinking about the future. Maybe it’s the start of the financial year providing a planning cadence which forces forward planning or maybe it’s that the UK’s emergence from...

Monthnotes – March 2021

Last month I wrote about a sense of change and March feels like it has continued in the same vein. Sunrise over Bishopsbourne, March 2021 The continuing success of the Covid-19 vaccination programme in the UK, the return of face-to-face education and more recent...

Monthnotes – February 2021

February might have been a short month, but it feels like a month where change has been a strong theme in many ways, both at work and outside work. In Kent the month began with a proper icy blast of sub-zero temperatures and then gave us a week of snow to break up the...