Moving On!

After nearly 12 years I am making a big move, almost it seems against the tide!

After some great years and a couple of years where, if I’m honest, I was a little lost at sea I am embarking on a new and exciting journey.

I have accepted an in house role looking after Management Development at The Orders of St John Care Trust. It ticks a lot of boxes for me.

Its more local and will enable my wife and I to juggle better the demands of two teenage boys, my wife’s blossoming post children career, and most of all it will get me back into an organisation and influence it from the inside rather than the way I have been trying to do over the past 12 years.

It will also play to my strengths with a large emphasis on coaching and will mean I’m part of a team again.Something that I realise now just how much I miss and will gladly forgo the benefits of working independently. Maybe I’m just a corporate boy at heart!

I’m really, really excited about this new role. I believe I have a reasonably blank canvas, and I’ll guess I will found out how much next week when I start my six week induction programme of meeting a wide variety of people across the organisation.

So looking back, I would not have changed the last 12 years. I have built some great relationships, done some great work, and learnt some stuff off many people, which I thank you for.

I still plan to be active on twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram and as I settle in I will find out where we stand but here’s a flavour of where I am going on this YouTube clip.

See you in another guise next week.



Startups and the productivity puzzle

Flip Chart Fairy Tales

The productivity puzzle continues to puzzle. It seems to be too puzzling for our politicians to talk about but lots of other people are on the case. Duncan Weldon wrote a piece earlier this week looking at both the economic and social factors.

This comment set me thinking:

It could be that the nature of Britain’s recovery explains the low productivity growth. Rather than lower productivity leading to lower real wages (as companies cannot afford to increase pay), it may be that lower real wages have encouraged firms to hire workers rather than investing in new equipment. This could have lowered productivity.

Where are Britain’s startups in all this? Entrepreneurs are supposed to come into the market and disrupt it, investing, innovating and bringing in new ideas which eventually improve productivity. At least, that’s the theory.

But there is little evidence that new firms are doing much to improve productivity. If anything…

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