Last week I was fortunate to have lunch with 3 ex-members of the IBM partner community. Accompanying them on many IBM trips to Austin and Fort Lauderdale back in the 80s and 90s, we always managed to include a game of golf. So, we set up an IT Golf Society called the IWGS, which later became the WITS. We had our own logo and headed paper (see pic) and held 4 or 5 society events around the country each year, the first in October 1992. Starters on that day were from esteemed companies such as Tetra, Multisoft, Systems House, Sphinx, CST and Panacea.
Helping employees understand what your business does should be a key management goal. It will underpin longer term business success.
Despite a global re-organisation, the sell-off of their Infrastructure Managed Services business and the recent departure of their Red Hat acquired President, IBM is about to make another huge technology announcement.
Making decisions is something all of us do every day. Some are planned well in advance, others, sometimes through necessity, are taken in the moment. Some are based on an in depth understanding of the information and others are based on a gut reaction; a wish to do the right thing.
For those of us who have built careers on meeting people face-to-face, it is great news to see somethings returning to normal.
Amongst the weekend post was the 2020 Annual Report from the Institute of Directors. Printed on carbon balanced paper and wrapped in a potato starch polythene. It has a new look and is representative of the times we live in, reflecting the challenges facing businesses, especially smaller ones, today.
As a month of football kicked off on Friday night, an impressive Italian win suggested they might be a real threat in the delayed 2020 Euros. With England, Belgium and the Dutch all winning, it promises to be an exciting tournament. However, the story that made most headlines was that of Christian Eriksen, who collapsed halfway through the game between Denmark and Finland on Saturday. Now recovering in Hospital, having been given CPR on the pitch, we saw the true value of having trained medical teams at sporting events. The team on the pitch in Copenhagen almost certainly saved his life.
According to the customs clearance platform, Klearnow, around 60% of British suppliers have experienced import delays during May (BBC News).
The long Bank Holiday weekend weather provided an opportunity to leave the laptop for a few days; time to appreciate so much that is good about living in the UK.
With fans and audiences returning to live sporting and entertainment events, there is a feeling that normality is slowly returning. This was certainly the case at the PGA Golf Championship on Sunday night. Thousands of golf fans massed around the 18th green at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, to see Phil Mickelson become the oldest winner of a Major, a few weeks before his 51st birthday. At a time when professional golf is being dominated by those who hit the ball great distances, how does a 50-year-old win such a prestigious event?