November 24, 2019

Weeknote CW47 (S1E6) Try, try, try again

Two weeks in this update.

Last last week was pretty good. Interesting meetings and winding up some overdue 3 month reviews with new team members (who are all fantastic). Wednesday and Thursday I delivered some public design thinking” training. People drew toast, bicycles and solved the problems of licensing BBQ users. Worked at home on Friday to wait for delivery of new chairs for the home office.

My daughter had a ballet performance on Saturday which meant late stage rehearsals on Friday and then two performances on Saturday. On Sunday I caught the cold that she’d had up to the Thursday before final rehearsals.

Last week was a busy one with new projects in pre-kickoff with Hound Networks and Ridgeco1. And the office Xmas party on Friday night. A lovely time was had by all.

What held me back?

The cold I had left me in a total fog all week. Smoke from the fires also gave me hay fever. I felt about 80% as engaged as I wanted to be.

What happened this week that gave me a glimpse of the future?

The new project with Ridgeco is pretty great and an example of the sort of thing I’d like to see us doing more, in terms of scope, the sort of organisation we’re working for and who will benefit.

Longer term, last week’s training was pretty good and will be a good basis for more of that next year.

What did I let go of today?

Today? I feel like the fog has lifted. This week? Maybe the feeling that it’s annoying for clients to not be quite as organised as I’d like them to be.

What did I do this week that I do every week?

Drank just enough coffee. But we have a new coffee machine in the office, so I paid less to nurse the addiction on than most weeks.

What did I learn?

I had the realisation that for many of our clients, working with us is their first time in the sort of research and innovation space we play in, so they might need some more help to get from where they are to where we need them to be before we can do what they’ve asked.


  1. all company names are fake


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