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Launch – Mylunchtable

Over the past few years, the internet has become an abundance of information. According to Netcraft (in Jan 2021), there are just under 1.2bn websites in the world which are a multitude of sizes and purpose. 

I find that I can lose time trying to increase my knowledge in areas of interest and I thought, why not solve this problem.  

On Sunday, I switched on Mylunchtable – a content curation service that promises to unleash the power of targeted curation. My main driver was to simply a method to find more pearls of substance that can excite my thinking, that can inform my variety and share newfound thoughts with my clients.

The concept behind Mylunchtable is a simple one – subscribe to an industry and receive regular updates of some news, thoughts and views that could excite you. As you browse more, we will also start to understand the granularity of your interest and send you more of that type – a clever addition that I hope you will enjoy.

We are currently launching with insights to marketing, coaching, leadership and health and wellbeing utilising content from a wide range of useful sources. We will be building on this regularly and will keep people updated as we get these out of the door.

This is exciting, so be part of this way of dynamic learning and challenge.

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Understanding the reward to risk ratio increases responsibility. 

I was looking at a crowd funding site and was pleasantly surprised to see that they were treating the risk of investment with caution and ensuring that investors understood the risk profile for that investment. They demonstrated an understanding of a reward to risk ratio. They were allowing for and advising those that may not be happy with the risk of crowdfunding that this might not be for them. 

I am looking at online accounting packages currently. Something that will control my business and report my management accounts. I take for granted that industry leading names have the correct and secure access points – probably a sensible deduction but this is different. The risk or perceived risk could actually be managed lower if this assumption wasn’t made. 

I am concerned about the increase in big data capability. We too easily give away information about who we are through signing up to things using our social profile, without understanding the consequences. Sure – we may have something flash up on screen asking for permission but this is not explicit.

Goldilocks lives here – crowdfunding does just about right but others are too cool (and not in terms of fashion). We need to be informed as to what our data profile says about us – how social giants exist and will use the data.  

All this is risk. 

All this is responsibility.

We start with the best intentions but people and processes change. Our data use and profile will and is being used to inform decision.

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What is money anyway?

On Friday, we celebrated Red Nose Day hitting a magnificent. £1bn being raise for noble and worthwhile causes near and far. We celebrated because we, the general public, make a choice to support or not support the causes that are brought into our front room through familiar faces.

Today, I read about a step towards getting high speed trains into the earl world, although the the 1000 mph train is likely to be costly and raised a question as to what value will this speed be of benefit to us.

We look at Africa, and the devestating outbreak of Ebola and the promises made by the relatively rich countries to offer support and cash in helping to tackle this outbreak. As they do this, thousands of young children die in abject poverty subjected to poor water and sanitary conditions.

In May, we will be voting for the party or coalition that will take us forward for the next five years. Powering this is a mass financed marketing machine, helping the politicians to look good in debate and policy. 

We have experienced the collapse of markets over the past 5 years due to American sub prime influence and ‘bending’ of sensible financial guidelines. The impact is being felt still in the UK and other countries as we cut back on our public spending and services. We are complicit in our anhialation of some of the British industries that make us great. We send in consultants to cut back services in the NHS, we sell off assets for short term gain, and we privatise, privatise, privatise… 

No wonder I am confused as to which way is now up. How can we allow poverty whilst others dine out on champagne and caviar? How do we sleep when we can do so much more

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A suggestion or 3 to reduce your emails.

Do you receive far too many emails that do not tell you about anything? Perhaps it is that all too customary cc or bcc that invites you to read about something that may at some time be of value, maybe. Perhaps it could be about that meeting that you are not going too or telling you that an action you asked for had been closed down?

Stephen Covey, in his book “7 habits for highly effective people“, suggested that we consider important and urgent as categories to be aware of and questioned the value of the not urgent not important category. Why then do we continue to get these in our inbox.

For some emails there’s an unsubscribe button,but for the majority of emails received internally, we simply accept the content and do not challenge why we received this email.

Have you stopped and asked a question, why is it that you receive these emails?

From today, I have devised a button that I have placed on the foot of all my emails – simply it says thanks but no thanks. It does not remove people from receiving emails from me, but does flag that the content that I have sent through is not if interest. What a fantastic tech solution to measure the number of emails that people receive from me that they are not interested in receiving. I could look at the read rate, bounce rate, delete rate, uselessness rate, time wasted rate, response rate, bcc rate and cc rate. I could graph these and compare them from day to day, week to week, month to month…..

Noooooo… I am interested in behaviour, not how tech can measure stuff that is not of interest. What we need to consider is root behaviour. What is it that triggered the need for the originator to send through an email that may not be useful to you.

Lencioni introduced us to what makes a team dysfunction. I wonder if part of the cc and bcc behaviour is how the individual feels about the environment that they work in. Some of the elements such as trust and accountability ring out.

  • If we really trusted people to close down actions then why do we need an email to confirm completion?
  • Do we really trust the person to do it?
  • What has our body language or the organisation culture demonstrated that it had the trust of the employee in mind.

I remember working for an organisation where the team I worked in was micro managed. We routinely closed down the tasks by email as we did not feel trusted by the person and organisation – or that is how we felt. Sure, it made the manager feel comfortable but did little to promote a motivated workforce.

I recognise that sometimes closure is essential as part of a compliance process. It could be that there is a mandated legislative requirement, but these are rare.

So,

  • What is the main reason that you receive activity from people?
  • What is it that you are creating or adding to the culture?
  • What could you cease doing, and
  • What something else could you do to promote a better email culture?

It is surprising now that the mobile phone is no longer used to talk to people. It appears to be becoming a secondary function behind the apps that are on offer. The average user looks at their phone 1500 times a week (Source) but rarely uses it to phone. A friend has set themselves a challenge – phone up a new person each day for the next month – perhaps this could be worth a try?

In France last year, a new labour agreement aims to give employees a better work life balance by asking employees to switch off work email after 6pm. How would you cope with this?

Finally, think about those subscriptions that you take out when you are clicking around the web. If important for you, then ask yourself why you subscribed. About every 2 weeks, I have an unsubscribe day. I look through those ‘feels good in the moment’ subscriptions and do an en masse unsubscribe to the resultant effect that my emails go down in volume.

What are you going to do differently to start to take control of your emails?

 

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Crowded, Super Intelligence and our demise

The web is getting more and more crowded and

due to its ‘infinite’ nature, the web infrastructure can cope with this.

Bill Gates noted his concerns on where super intelligence may lead us and the human race. He declared

“I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First, the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that, though, the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern.”

Our understanding of technological processes is increasing.

Only last week did the  UK Parliament vote in favour of a three person baby fertility technique. Many have expressed significant concern at the start of a designer baby craze whilst others are celebrating the “good news for progressive medicine”.

Stephen Hawkins suggests that due to the slower biological evolution phases in humans, we will not be able to compete with the fast moving capabilities that artificial intelligence can evolve.

We have probably all seen science fiction where good intelligence compliments our living, but also that this intelligence can become distorted and threatens our living. We have seen the super intelligence shaped in the form of humans, but this need not be the future. On one hand we have the ‘collective’ Borg as harnessed in Star Trek or the less scary iRobot.

We are approaching a turning point in our evolution when decisions and care need to be taken as to how we can harness our capabilities and understandings of new processes.

 

 

 

 

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Apps to distraction

Empty train (explored)

Photo courtesy of mescon(CC Attribution)

Working from home can have many benefits – but also many challenges. You are yourself accountable for your own time management, and how you choose to explore learning.

It has recently been suggested that there is no such thing as multi tasking but that actually the real skill is to be able to switch from one task to another as quickly and as cleanly as possible.

I caught a train this morning, and although I had bought a ticket, I didn’t realise that the ticket was actually the one I was going to use at a later date. The train was on the platform and I had to run to catch it. I had to pay at the other end.

I look at my iPad screen and see a plethora of Apps ranging from useful business productivity tools to games haphazardly displaced on the screen. I see one that catches my eye not remembering what that one was that I downloaded.

STOP… GET A GRIP

How many of us find ourselves distracted by stuff? Stuff that causes us to sidetrack. 

For me, its about paying attention to the train times, delete those apps I don’t use, and re organise the rest into groups so I can remain focused. What is it that you find is causing you a distraction from your main mission or plot?

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