Sweathead, with Mark Pollard

A while back I was holed up in a hotel room in Lisbon after running a leadership workshop for Vodafone and I recorded an interview for Mark Pollard’s excellent Sweathead podcast. Mark’s an excellent interviewer and has a lovely disarming style to his questioning so even though I was pretty knackered, Mark ensured that we had a good chat around subjects as varied as being a consultant, my work, the whole agile-at-scale thing, how leadership is changing, books I recommend, my next book, strategy blogging, Post of the Month, Google Firestarters and more. You can listen to it here.

My thanks to Mark for a great chat.

Post of the Month – July 2019 – The Vote

Post of the Month – July 2019 – Nominations


It’s time to open nominations for Post of the Month, so if there is a good post that you’ve read over the past four weeks please do nominate it by sending the link to me direct or leaving it in th comments below. As usual I have a few starters below but do add to these and when I have enough I’ll put them up for the vote. So my strarting three are:

Lessons from Japanese athletes for creative brief writing by Phil Adams

Listening to your inner rhythm by Jim Carroll

Want to innovate like Amazon? Here’s their formula by Scott Brinker

Do add to these nominations with your own.

Adaptability Quotient

The BBC had a great list of the 101 people, ideas and things changing how we work today. Lots of interesting thoughts in there – Jason Kottle picked out a few of the most notable. One of my favourites though was the idea of an ‘Adaptability Quotient’ (or AQ) which relates to your ability and willingness to learn continuously and embrace change. As the article says:

‘The good news is that scientists agree AQ is not fixed – it can be developed. Theory U by Otto Scharmer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggests three elements can help provide a framework: keeping an open mind, so you see the world with fresh eyes and remain open to possibilities; keeping an open heart, so you can try to see any situation through another person’s eyes; and keeping an open will, letting go of identity and ego to sit with the discomfort of the unknown.’

In a time when we move jobs more often than ever before, and when success is increasingly defined by how well we adapt, soft skills like curiosity, open-mindedness, adaptability, collaboration have never been so important.