Thursday, 23 July 2009

Books .... covers .. and performance

Tom Watson was recently runner-up in the British Open Golf Championship ... at the age of 59. The way the media went on you would think it remarkable that he could even stand at such an advanced age.

This was a reminder not to judge a book by its cover ... or a person by any the classifications of age, gender, etc ..... judge them by their behaviour and performance.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Don't forget the obvious

I am currently organising a conference to be held in October this year. The nightmare part of this is communicating and holding planning meetings throughout a summer when at any one time some of the key players are away on vacation. This means that everything takes twice as long as it would otherwise. Of course, I have left enough time ... haven't I?

Saturday, 11 July 2009


I have spent the last few hours writing a Memorandum of Understanding covering a project involving 2 other parties. We all trust each other and have worked together before. is this enough? What if a key player in one of those organisations changes and the 'mood' changes also? What happens if our trust goes. writing the MoU means adding in all sorts of clauses that should never be used. But it helps to be insured!