Proudfoot Managing Director, UK, Duncan Manuel on the need for building new habits in order to avoid hanging on to unhealthy ones.
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Let me put my cards on the table. I talk to Amazon's Alexa in the kitchen. I can control my heating, lights and blinds from anywhere in the world, much to my wife's annoyance.
Just up the road from the office is a Starbucks. It has recently been refurbished, and by the door a new recycling bin has appeared. Clearly marked are the specific holes for the cups (empty and upside down please), the plastic lids, the sleeves, any liquid, and other waste – I assume half eaten pieces of cake, napkins and so on.
At the weekends I like to escape the some of day-to-day pressures of work by riding a bike. Whether it be a short ride, or a long one, the metronomic focus on pedalling efficiency is a wonderful tonic to today’s connected world.
Last year I left a large-scale systems integrator to take up the role of UK Managing Director for Proudfoot, an Operational Consulting firm, with a proud 75 year history. Before moving, I thought long and hard about the relevance of operational consulting in the digital world, after all isn’t so much of what we now do influenced by technology?