Tagged with Leadership

Christmas Reflections

My year started at Co-op bank with a re-organisation and being told my job no longer existed. I left, and after some time reflecting and thinking what next,  I started job hunting, updating LinkedIn and launching this blog and website. To cut a long story short I got added to a short list for an … Continue reading

Life at the Open Univeristy

It’s been a while since my last blog, I’ve been a bit busy getting to grips with my new role running IT Service and Operations at the Open University. The OU is an interesting place to work. Being recognised as a market leader worldwide in distance learning is great, however continuous change and improvement is required to maintain that … Continue reading

Margaret Thatcher as a leader

Margaret Thatcher as a leader

Hearing the discussions after the death of Margaret Thatcher today, everyone had views on her policies that range from passionate agreement to an equal hatred for what she did. To learn from her as a leader I try to put aside my views on the rights and wrongs of what she did. I think she … Continue reading

Which Social Media tools work best?

Which Social Media tools work best?

I often get asked “What do you use different social media tools for?”. I think the answer is personal, it depends on what you are trying to do. I wanted to find a way of sharing useful information, and also communicating my direct and extended team. I lead teams of up to 250 staff and was part of the … Continue reading

What have the NHS and Barclays got in common?

There has been much news coverage on culture change this week in the wake of the report on Mid Staffs  NHS and the LIBOR scandal. I’ve always believed culture is critical to success. So in this blog, here are three personal thoughts. 1. Culture comes from the top.  Leaders get the culture they deserve. Whatever culture you … Continue reading