Blogs

August 1, 2022

Disruption – friend or foe?

It is self-evident that this is one of the most disruptive times for businesses since what has become known as the Great Recession of 2007-09. Unlike that period, which was chiefly caused by unsustainable debt, the current crisis has a broader set of causes which impact businesses in multiple ways. Even before the invasion of […]

July 22, 2022

Armstrong Watson – continued growth with Tensense.ai

Supporting, advising and protecting clients for 150 years, Armstrong Watson is a rapidly growing Financial Services firm providing a full range of specialist financial services across a range of sectors. Paul Dickson, Armstrong Watson’s Managing Partner, has been using Tensense.ai regularly since the beginning of 2021 and for the last 7 months with the new […]

July 11, 2022

Dont let the downturn grind you down

Change and transformation in an economic downturn can be a lifeline. Faced with an economic downturn and possible stagflation, companies may decide to batten down the hatches by cutting costs and protecting cash. Given the uncertainty of the current period, notably the availability and escalating prices of gas and oil, such a strategy is understandable. […]

June 27, 2022

‘Winging it’ or Sensemaking?

In a provocative and thought-provoking article, Emma Beddington contrasts leaders who wing it, perhaps because they love the adrenaline of taking a gamble or perhaps because they are averse to research and study, with leaders who appear to wing it in their decisions, but really have a solid well-researched understanding of the potential risks and […]

April 21, 2021

Don’t let facts get in the way of the right story

In Justin Bariso’s article about the right and wrong way to conduct a discussion, he points to the role that emotions play in persuading people to accept or reject your ideas. If, like a prosecutor looking for a win in a high-profile trial, you bombard people with facts and evidence, then there is a significant […]

April 1, 2021

Dark side of working from home

Goldman Sachs has had so much business and is doing so well in the pandemic that at least for some junior investment analysts it allegedly means working 100 hour weeks, leaving very little time to sleep, eat and wash. Some might have little sympathy for junior analysts on first year salaries and bonuses averaging $123,500 […]

March 25, 2021

An Early Warning System for Business

The human nervous system is a fascinating part of biology.  It’s this amazingly versatile electronic pathway that connects different parts of your body to each other.  Think about that for a moment. That’s a hell of a lot of stuff that is communicating all at once.  You may be wondering what this impromptu biology lesson […]

March 16, 2021

Water Cooler Moments

Water cooler gossip. Office banter. A quick yarn over a lunchtime pint. If you miss the face-to-face chat between you and your colleagues, you’re not alone.  Your business misses them too.  Because it’s moments like these where we can gain invaluable insights into aspects of our business we may otherwise not touch, where we can […]

March 9, 2021

Micromanagement is not the answer

In an excellent article about the challenges of staying in touch with your team in this era of necessary isolation, Kerry Goyette explains why some leaders resort to micromanagement. Micromanagement is often not a preferred leadership style but caused by a feeling that leaders are losing control when they don’t see their teams working as […]