There’s a lot of talk about collaboration these days — and with it often comes a worry about making decisions. The more you try to include people and decide things together, the longer it all takes — right?

Wrong! At least, it’s not necessarily so.

People who want to be…


If you’ve ever sent supportive notes into a void — never knowing if they’ve been read, let alone been helpful — this very brief story is for you.

A few months ago I was walking the dog when a car screeched to a halt on the other side of the…


Chairing meetings well is an art. Poor chairing results in underachievement, but do it with skill and you’ll get the best performance the group can give. …


In May 2021, nearly 5000 people became local government officials at the elections across the UK, many of them for the first time. Winning the fight can be hard, but making the changes we fought for can be even harder.

To bring their ideas to life, politicians have to work…


Getting things done, and doing them well are not the same thing. To do things well, we need time to work out what to do, and the right tools for the job. If you’re trying to fix things with other people, then the right tools are thinking skills. …


People are tricky. We’ve got a lot of moving emotional parts, so we do well when we handle each other with care. Innocent mistakes are easily made and work can really suffer if things go wrong when we’re trying hard to get it right.

The trouble is, the saying ‘you…


Change is coming, and it’s self organised….

The impact of coworking on UK society is hugely underestimated, but that’s about to change. Coworking leaders across the country are assembling to understand how their efforts add up and to get more ambitious about what they can do together.

The UK Coworking…


Image by Jason Tester — https://www.flickr.com/photos/streamishmc/

“What do you think will be different about coworking spaces in the future?” asked Cleo yesterday at lunchtime. “What will they have that we don’t have now?” …


The problem with being rational, is that what you think is reasonable depends on what you believe. You know science is reasonable and you think you’ve got it licked — but then you bump into quantum physics and find out there’s a liquid that can run uphill, or some other…


The best thing to do is to do the thing you’re best at.

But do you know what that is? And are you making choices that help you make the most of your true potential?

This is a story about a simple exercise I found incredibly helpful when I wasn’t…

Mike Zeidler

Constantly Curious Serial Optimist. Writes about things that work well, sharing the good stuff and adventures in life.

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