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Ian Burgess

Being a Digital Nomad

September 4, 2017 2 Min Read

Progressively, over the last ten years, my working style has shifted to give me mobile access to all the facilities I would find in a conventional office environment.

With more people having portfolio carriers and the corporate world moving towards flexible hours, hot desking and multiple office locations, the need to change the way we work has increased.

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Personal thoughts on the EU Referendum

March 23, 2016 3 Min Read

I don’t want to focus on the standard arguments of trying to renegotiate trade agreements or the possible effect on the economy or any of the other points or hypothesis that get put forward in these referendum articles or by people. Instead, let’s look at internal concepts one of Sovereignty and the other of Tribe and how both are essential to how we view ourselves and arrive at the decisions…

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A thought on personal responsibility

March 18, 2016 1 Min Read

Over the last few months, I have been thinking about how we are individually much more responsible for events than we think and in many ways how this responsibility is not always clear to us as individuals. This process has caused me to reevaluate many of my previous decisions. It is always easier to understand things when you have an example to illustrate the point, and for this, I will…

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Syria, why can we not debate?

December 2, 2015 1 Min Read

To be clear I am not in favour of air raids and strikes which is not the same not supporting military action as part of a wider set of activities. The thing that interest me in the current situation is that people reject something quickly and in many cases aggressively without rational debate. I like to try to stay as close to truth as I can, even if it is…

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Competition and a Free Market Economy – Uber

October 3, 2015 2 Min Read

I am always worried by regulation that is imposed by government or industry bodies that restrict the evolution of the industry, and in many cases reduce the service that is available to the public/customer. Currently in the UK a prime example of this is TFL (Transport For London) attempt to restrict the capabilities of Uber so that the black cabs can compete on equal terms. This kind of stagnation in…

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The Marked Mans Choices

May 2, 2015 2 Min Read

Lots of recent conversations have possibly made it worth laying out “the marked mans choice” I have heard it called other names but they all amount to the same thing.

Although this can be found with many different starting points the one that is most common in my experience is the company you are moving in to has not got sufficient funds to survive. Most of the staff don’t see this or fully understand the seriousness of the situation, if nothing changes everyone is out of work and struggling to make payments on thier mortgage.

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David Allen at Google Campus

October 13, 2014 1 Min Read

After an invite from Next Action Associates to come to Google Campus and listen to David Allan talk about GTD. As always the brief talk brought about some thought provoking insights and humour that you come to expect from David Allen. The question section as always came round to discussing email and the other inputs that as knowledge workers need to make decisions on every day, with the resounding advice…

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Alex Osterwalder the Business Model Alchemist

June 5, 2012 0 Min Read

I have been a fan of Alex Osterwalder since reading his business model alchemist blog, having used the Business Model Canvas in several projects and most recently as a tool in Claimbase it has great merit. Its worth watching this video to get an understanding of Alex Osterwalder thinking and see if it fits with your current process and tool kit.

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Conversations with Accidental PMs – Goals and Objectives

November 8, 2011 3 Min Read

Over the past week many of the conversations have been with accidental project managers who are struggling with projects. Mainly as a result of them accepting projects that are focused on achieving organisational goals. In most cases doomed for failure as there are either far to many objectives or far to few that are badly defined. Without getting the the original project/projects defined in the beginning the accidental/new PM has…

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