Author Archives : steven


Trust me, I’m an expert

We all fall for the “trust me, I’m an expert” line once in a while. That’s because the ‘expert’ knows things that we don’t or at least he/she tells us that he does. ‘Experts’ often know how to use tools and techniques to analyse and present information or opinions that the recipients do not, so […]


What the hack?

It seems that barely a week goes by without some organisation (frequently linked to the public sector or an NGO) running a hack to address the challenges of poverty, the environment, sanitation, digital inclusion, unjoined up government, weather, using open data, etc etc and of course most recently flooding. Its hack this, hack that or […]


AGI goes for the Big 5

In a somewhat retro mood I was thinking of Bob Dylan when I heard about AGI’s plans for their 2014 events program Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone If your time to you is worth savin’ […]


Corporate musical chairs

Without pointing the finger at any one company, I’m wondering if there is a connection between lack of success and frequent rounds of musical chairs within the boardroom? Companies that retain the same leadership over long periods seem to execute on their strategies more successfully than those that chop and change leaders at 3-5 yearly […]