Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe has been a popular celebrity recently.  I saw her for 10 minutes or so on Who Wants to be a Millionaire.  During those ten minutes she really made an impression.  She came across as a confident, capable, down-to-earth, but more than anything, decisive.  Where many people – including her celebrity teammate – would dither indecisively after discussing the options and coming to no clear conclusion, Ann was right in there with a decision once no more information was forthcoming, and she didn’t seem to regret one of them.

Decisiveness – or at least the ability to make decisions – is a trait often talked about in the context of great leaders.  Very few people are both decisive and have good judgement.  Even fewer also refuse to regret decisions already made, though this last skill is possibly the most important of the three.   I have no idea if Ann Widdecombe regrets, and other people are better placed than I to judge if her decisions were good ones, but I was left in no doubt as to her decisiveness.  British politics has truly lost a lion – one with the courage of her convictions.


An invitation to talk

Hello World!

I still remember the first time I wrote those words, when as a child I created my first rudimentary computer program on our battered Acorn computer. Since then my programming skills haven’t got a whole lot better, but I have learnt a lot of other things about life.

I’m particularly interested in innovation, entrepreneurship and the way our minds work, and through this blog I’d like to share with you some of my thoughts and the lessons I’ve learnt.  More than that, though, I’d really like to hear your thoughts and discuss ideas with you, so please do comment on my posts. I will try and reply to everyone who invites a dialogue.