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Kill the dragon – and get stuff done

Definitions matter. Process matters. Why? Because they provide understanding, clarity of purpose and direction. And those things matter because you don’t want to waste your time, money and…

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Excuses bring you comfort, but not much else

I had a dream once. I wanted to retire at the age of forty. Well, that time has come and gone without much fanfare or any sign of…

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What every new dad needs to know about poo

So you’re having a baby! You’re going to be a new dad. That’s brilliant news. I’m sure you’ll make a great dad. As soon as you announce it,…

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A moment of inspiration

A good friend said to me today that we should hold each other accountable. I said I’d rather inspire him. We were talking about helping each other. How…

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The Pig in the Tree

Out of all the things I’ve ever written, or tried writing, a children’s story has been one of the hardest. Because you’ve got to make each word work…

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Staring down the wind

Let’s get one thing out the way right away. I am not a designer. Not any more. I strayed from that path many years ago. But that doesn’t…

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This is Norway

When people hear that I used to live in Norway, I can pretty much guarantee what they’ll say next. “Wasn’t it expensive?” “Don’t they pay a lot of…

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How to ask a good question

We’ve all heard the saying, “The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask.” Well, I think that’s true. More or less. I mean, it works well…

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The 3 most powerful words in the English language

I have a confession. Although I am English and speak English, I didn’t understand much of my own language until I hit my early twenties. I got a…

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A tale of ice and snow

I looked out the window. The sea was a few thousand feet below me. It looked black and impenetrable. But I could still make out a pattern. Ragged…