Back in October 2017, I dressed up as a witch (complete with pointy hat and broomstick) and presented on the hot topic of The Curse of Knowledge, explained by Steven Pinker as: "the difficulty of imagining what it's like for someone else not to know something that you know."
In a "better late than never" moment, I wrote a new article summarising the issue and offering a selection of cures to lift the curse. Enjoy the read.
Never a day goes by without the word Brexit being mentioned countless times - complete with speculation, informed opinion or simply fake news.
Those who hope we will be free of EU red tape are living in cloud cuckoo land. Just as we will have to fall in line with the rules and regulations of whatever trade or customs agreements we end up with, so we will have to abide by the procurement laws of the countries we want to sell to. For an informed opinion, check out Andrew Millross' article.
28th February 2018: Serious stuff - Personal Data and Cyber Security
With so much press about cyber attacks and protecting personal data, it was time to healthcheck some of our technology and processes.
First, get Cyber Essentials certified - a Government scheme to improve cyber security within the UK. Cyber Essentials focuses on five key aspects of keeping technology secure - firewalls, secure configuration, access controls, malware and patch management.
It was an interesting if slightly baffling exercise for a non-techie, but I had solid support from savvy customers and colleagues, and I now feel better educated and much safer.
Then turning to the General Data Protection Regulation - or GDPR as it's known - that is being advertised heavily as it becomes law on 25th May 2018.
Let’s face it, if you win a contract, you just want to pop the champagne cork and walk into the sunset with your new client.
And if you lose, you probably just want to forget about it. Nobody enjoys a ghastly post-mortem. What’s done is done.
But hold on, taking time to understand why your proposal was successful or not can make a remarkable difference to your future performance. So, my first article of 2018 explains the value of making proposal win and loss reviews a standard practice. Perhaps seek and act on feedback is a sound New Year resolution? Enjoy the full article.
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