I was in the UK visa office a few weeks ago when it struck me: what IS this phenomenon of paying a lot of money, spending hours in a visa office, being scrutinised by dour immigration officials, simply to be allowed into another part of the world, OUR world? On the same trip to the… Continue reading “So I need a visa?” from “Commonly Held Myths of the 21st Century”
I have been struggling for 3 years to train a vine in my garden up a trellis. A few days ago I noticed that it had new shoots, so I tied a few of them to the wire that supports the plant. The next day several tendrils ‘felt’ their way towards the wire, mid-air, and… Continue reading Things that Spring has taught me
I was at Agile 2017 at the beginning of August and wow, what an experience! 2500 people, around 16 talks and workshops happening at any time, and those are only the formal activities! As an extrovert I held out till the Thursday morning before I had no choice but to spend a few hours by myself… Continue reading For PETE’s sake, be quiet!
Ever worked with a problem in your team that seems to go round and round, stuck, zapping energy? It’s like everyone has grooves in their brain!* You may want to give the Anti-Problem technique a whirl. This technique asks us to explore, with gusto!, solutions that will guarantee failure. Yes, you read that right, guarantee failure. No holds barred –… Continue reading Upside down you turn me
In the recent Cape storms I discovered a feature on Facebook: the app was aware of the storm and offered me the option to log that I was safe. Not only that, I was given the option to offer help to other FB users. Food, shelter, volunteer help, any number of things to those in… Continue reading Inside the building there are only opinions, no facts