I learnt about …

  • How behaviour can shape the culture

    Andrew Cherrie is the pastor of Home Church. In a recent sermon entitled “7 lessons from 7 years at Home Church” he gave the following quote: The culture is shaped by the worst behaviour the leader is willing to accept He was particularly referencing the church however it is much broader than this. This observation has certainly shown to be the case where I have worked. Without wanting to incriminate myself, there have been some questionable decisions made by the management in the past which have meant it has been very difficult to hold others accountable for their later actions when a precedence has been set.

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  • Solitude and conversations lead to great ideas

    There was a tweet recently by Sahil Lavingia that stated “Great ideas come from two places: solitude and conversation." I have certainly found this to be the case. When I was commuting into London every day I would regularly spend 30 minutes walking back from the train station. During this time I would either listen to podcasts - all sorts of subjects - or just use the time to think. This led to a whole bunch of ideas around work or potential projects or just interesting avenues to follow.

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  • How we recharged the team with a fallow week

    Due to the ongoing COVID situation the team had been struggling to stay focussed and motivated. The inability to go out, the lack of change of scenery and the sameness every day has been taking its toll. To try to address this we actively encouraged them to take time off - which, given the limitations on travel, was less appealing than it normally would be. For those unable or unwilling to take time off we decided to introduce a “fallow week”.

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  • How to change your day with meeting plans

    I recently had a day where I had about 10 different meetings - all on different subjects. I knew that I would struggle to be productive in each of them if I turned up for them unprepared and had to switch subjects each time. To solve this I created a simple document and added a heading for each meeting. Under each heading I made a simple bullet list of everything I wanted to cover or possibly discuss in the meeting.

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  • When your WPF menu alignment is wrong

    I had a very weird problem where my menus on a WPF application were dropping down to the left instead of the normal to the right. It turns out it is due to having a tablet setting set to right handed … even though I don’t have a tablet. The answer was found on the link at the bottom of this post. To fix it: Press the Windows key + R and then copy/paste the following line of text.

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