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We are living in the Information Age. In a world where we are more connected than ever before. With the average global internet speed up to 11Mbps (I know some of you with Gigabit connections will probably be laughing at that but it’s a 20% increase over last year). With 81% of people living in the developed world having an internet connection. On top of that, in 2016, Millennials became the largest generation in the work force, and that’s a key factor.


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When the current global situation reached the shores of the UK, and it was obvious that I’d be working from home for the foreseeable future, I impulse bought a subscription to Masterclass. If you don’t know what Masterclass is, it’s a service which provides courses on various topics delivered by some very influential people. …


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Two weeks ago I attended the Develop conference in Brighton, where people from all across the country come together to talk about all different aspects of game development. As a novice to the industry but very passionate about it, I found it to be an enlightening experience. But one session in particular stands out to me. Ironically, it wasn’t a talk. It was a round table session being facilitated by Lisa Kretschmer on the subject of ‘Managers have feelings too’ and how do we, as managers, deal with our own frustrations and risks of burn-out, particularly if there is no-one…


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Ok it’s pretend time. Imagine a world with no sat-nav, GPS, Google Maps or any route planner of any kind. No doubt for some of you that will be quite hard as you’ve never known a world without those things, but just try. It’s holiday time. You’re off to Montpellier in the south of France. But hold up, you’ve never been to south of France before. How are you going to get there? It’s ok, because you know someone, someone who’s done it before. So you ask them, hey someone, how did you get to the south of France?


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For the purposes of this thought exercise, I want you to pretend that google maps and all other route planner software has been eradicated.

Say you’re going on a journey. You know that from point a to point b, it’s 125 miles. Now imagine I asked you straight off the bat, without any information other than the simple fact that it’s 125 miles away, how long will it take? You’ll most likely have a plethora of questions. What’s the mode of transport? What’s the speed at which we’re going to be travelling? What’s the congestion like at the time of…


The eye of the storm

Over the years I’ve seen many a different style of leadership. From the outstanding, to the downright atrocious. I’ve witnessed leaders who have managed to inspire their people to reach ever increasing levels of high-performance and loyalty. I’ve witnessed leaders who have managed to drive away over half of their workforce in the span on 9 months (that was about 40 people) while simultaneously completely derailing all the good work the people on the ground were trying to do. There is so many different tenets to being a good leader, but I’m not going to go into of all them…


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“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” — Marc Anthony.

How many times have you heard this? And how many times have you thought, ‘I wish doing what I love was financially viable.’ That sentiment also almost exclusively applies to people either working for themselves or running their own business. Rarely will you get the opportunity to do what you love while working for someone else. …


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Many people believe Agile to just be ‘the latest management fad’. Very often they scoff at the idea of becoming Agile because ‘something else will come along soon and replace it’. Well today I want to raise the retort, that it won’t be, and that it’s actually been around for a very long time, you just didn’t know it.

Officially, Agile was born in February of 2001 when 17 developers all met at a resort in Snowbird, Utah to talk about their frustration of building software that just didn’t deliver on what the user needs. So they put their minds…


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It’s very common now a days to hear the phrase, “What does success look like?”, uttered in a meeting. It’s said when creating goals, objectives, metrics, actions for the team, department, company or individual. What I want to talk about today is the reality of what success could look like for individuals and open a dialogue for giving people the freedom to better express what success is to them. It’s very much common place now a days for managers and leaders to want the best from their staff, want them operating at an ever increasing standard (sometimes to a point…


During a recent heated meeting where we were discussing how we can measure whether the teams are ‘going fast enough’, I raised the question “fast enough according to whom?” Which was promptly met with, ‘according to the roadmap’. You mean, according to the arbitrary date which you, as an exec level director decided, based off the estimation in Man-Days a piece of work will take from a manager who not only won’t be delivering the work but didn’t have a well defined scope to go by? …

Martyn Puddephatt

Passionate about changing the working world to enable everyone to live a fulfilled life

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