As we enter a new year and a new decade I thought I’d bring together a brief digest of the articles and insights that have influenced my thinking in 2019.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did and I’d love to hear what you think of any of them.


The world is moving and changing quickly. It’s all too easy to get busy on the fly wheel of ‘doing stuff’. Once in a while it’s great to step back and think about the bigger picture and the opportunities and challenges it presents. This is a fascinating look at the meta-trends that will be most important for organisations, employees, customers and stakeholders alike over the year ahead. 2020 Trends.


Digital Transformation and the unrelenting pace of business change it’s driving can seem bewildering. Like it or not, it’s touching every single part of business and changing what work gets done, where it gets done and who does it. This accessible article serves as a great reminder that at its heart, digital transformation isn’t about technology….. its about people and changing mindsets and behaviour. DT is not about technology


Have better meetings. How often have we heard ourselves saying “I spend nearly all of my time in meetings” and then sit down to think and ‘get on with stuff’ after 6:00 p.m?. If that sounds familiar , this piece offers three questions to ask yourself to get the most from your meetings and make better decisions. Plan a better decision meeting


“If you want something done, give it to a busy person” means that the more productive you become, the longer your to-do list becomes. You need a to-don’t list: a set of activities you permanently cross off your calendar. If Your To-Do List Is Making You Nuts, Start a To-Don’t List


Too often at home, in school (and then at work!) we celebrate children for the grades they get and the goals they score, not for the generosity or kindness the demonstrate. My wife Jess and I believe that this is a mistake: kids raised to be kind end up becoming more successful in school and at work, and happier too. At family dinner, don’t just ask kids how the test went and whether they or their team team won. Ask them who they helped—and who helped them! Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids—and Start Raising Kind Ones

Let me know what you think of them, or what alternatives from your own ‘library’ would make your top 5!

Mat Lowery


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