-- Business blog now available --

A quick note to say that I've set up my Business blog, to be able to speak with a clear voice on both personal and work issues (i.e. by having separate blogs).

Friday, 31 October 2008

Separating work and pleasure (blogs)

dream more...work lessThanks to those of you who voted on the poll regarding whether I should separate out my postings on work and my home life.

Photo credit to wageslaves

The vote was overwhelmingly in favour of creating a work blog [thank you, 2 voters!], and therefore I have done so, here. I have also put a note underneath the blog header, just in case anyone doesn't see this post...

I will continue to post here about the divergent and the unexpected. I was going to say the posts would be less frequent, but I'm not sure that's possible! ;-D

Thursday, 30 October 2008

(Un)Funny Tummy update

At the top of this piece, I'd like to say that I'm writing these posts because I believe others may benefits from knowing about this sort of stuff.
I'm essentially following on from the post I wrote about Angela Beecroft. I'm still taking the bio bacteria, but now I have discussed the results of the test with Angela.
It turns out that I have a nasty little fella called Dientamoeba fragilis in my tummy.
Wikipedia says that this can cause Dientamoebiasis: "[...] symptoms reported have included:
  1. Weight loss
  2. Fatigue
  3. Nausea and vomiting
  4. Fever
  5. Uritcaria (skin rash)
  6. Pruritis (itchiness)
  7. Biliary infection"
[I don't think I've had all this, but it gives you an idea what can happen]
Dientamoeba fragilis fig1At present, I'm taking some anti-microbial tablets recommended by Angela.
Although they cause mild heartburn at times, in conjunction with the bio bacteria, I'm not feeling so exhausted all the time. In fact, I'm sometimes waking up feeling almost raring to go!
Anyway, there's still a few weeks of pills to go, so hopefully my system will sort itself out. It will be interesting to see what happens. I've got the sense that my tummy is more sorted, so that's good.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Business and Personal posts in the same blog?

Folks, I need some advice please.

Up ‘til now I’ve been using Wellbanked as a personal equivalent of Speakers' Corner.

Given that I have left Fujitsu, it’s natural that I should use this blog to publicise the new direction in my working life.

The downside to this is the confusion created by having posts about personal issues cheek-by-jowl with work ones – prospective Customers / Employers might be put off by this!

So, I am looking for feedback on my thoughts so far:

  • Leave my blog as it is – i.e. keep posting on various topics
  • Try and separate out work and personal posts through the use of metadata or tags in some way
  • Set up a separate blog for work issues and cross-link etc.
  • Port to another platform – e.g. Wordpress
  • Set up a website and embed this blog into it

If I was to start a work blog, I need help cooking up a name – the domain I bought appears to be too close to an existing Company. Doh!

I’ve done a quick Google search, but although the answer may be obvious, I’m a bit stumped, and need a bit of crowdsourcing love.

Hopefully you should find a poll running alongside this post – please also leave a comment if you can bear it!

Thursday, 2 October 2008

… "one can't believe impossible things."

"Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things."

"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Alice in Wonderland.

Lovely quote sent to me by lovely Kay Cooke.


Props to The Victorian Web

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Zingthing - facilitation tool

Yesterday I went to a demo of Zingthing, a tool to help workshop facilitators bring together the input from workshop participants.

Carol and Catherine - good people from CPCR - gave Kate & Caroline (from The Bridge Club), and myself a keyboard each and we were able to test-drive it.

"The Zingthing 3.0 software is a specialised meeting system to support organisation-wide knowledge creation, fast implementation of new expert decision or learning processes, cultural change and accelerated innovation." - Max Dumais.

Max gives an excellent intro, so I won't re-hash a description here.

Apparently it is good for brainstorming, and also collecting the input from multiple break-out groups.

In our view, it would be great to help participants feel really involved in proceedings, and also allow shy folk get their voice heard.

CPCR are offering to bring their kit and expertise to a conference near you, for a fee.

n.b. It's not the same as the Backchannel, as described:

  • Here by Roo Reynolds
  • Here in Wikipedia
  • This is a tool to help create a backchannel - BackNoise (referenced by Wikipedia article)

My skills as a Business Consultant

A quick bulleted list to give readers an idea of what I have to offer:

Consultancy skills

  • Business Change: deep understanding of how to combine people, process, and technology to achieve business outcomes—with the emphasis on people
  • Business consultancy: Strategic and technical IT consultancy from a programme viewpoint; business / process analysis and design; report writing and presentation delivery
  • Benefits management: Experience of Fujitsu’s Benefits Realisation methodology, which focuses on business outcomes, and creates network of activities to assure delivery of business benefits
  • Business networking: active business school Alumnus and business networker (online and face-to-face).
  • Project delivery: architecture and design; technology selection; team-worker and leader
  • Project management: project planning and basic financials; awareness of PRINCE 2 methodology

Business Understanding

  • IT Strategy and Governance; Peer collaboration, Financial Services regulation; Corporate Performance Management.; Virtualisation; Enterprise Application Integration & Web Services, Business Process Management, Virtual Worlds; IT Architecture; J2EE and Application Servers


  • Internet protocols and infrastructure; Collaboration platforms and online communities; Windows Operating Systems (MCSE 1999); Database Systems; Gadgets of all kinds

Grasp of Business and Technology Marketspace

  • Through reading The Economist; McKinsey Quarterly, Harvard Business Review; subscription to various Industry Sector and Technology newsletters and blogs
Props to Hugh Macleod