Hertfordshire in the snow

February 2, 2009

Apparently this is the heaviest snow fall for 18 years so I went for a walk to make the most of the beautiful views…


Widford Church


Behind the garden, across the farmer’s fields

Woods near Widford

The woods behind our house

River Ash

Idea Mapping in Mind Manager – Webinar

January 19, 2009

22 January 2009

Jamie Nast

Jamie Nast


Register for the upcoming 1-hour event with Mind hosts Lisa Fait and Michael Deutch. Join NastGroup founder and Idea Mapping author, Jamie Nast, in this webinar as they explore how idea mapping in MindManager can help you and your colleagues increase productivity every day.


Ask Questions + Listen patiently = Motivation

July 26, 2008

One Thing You Can’t Hide
By: Brian Tracy 

One of the most important traits of all motivators at work is consideration. Employees report that the best managers they ever had were people who cared about them as people and as friends. These managers took the time to ask them questions about their lives, and to listen patiently while they talked about the dilemmas and problems and situations in their families. The more that the employees felt that the boss liked them and respected them, the more empowered and motivated they felt. 

Caring is the Key
The flip side of this motivator is the de-motivating feeling that the boss doesn’t care. This is almost invariably expressed in a lack of recognition, a lack of approval, a lack of appreciation and a general failure to pay attention to the employee over time. 

Spend Time Listening
Remember, the amount of time that you spend talking to and listening to an employee is a signal to that employee that he or she is important to you and to the company. This is why the very best bosses spend a lot of time walking around and chatting with their employees. They sit with them for lunch and coffee. They invite their comments and encourage open discussion and disagreements about work. They create an environment where people feel that the work belongs to them as well as to the company. In that environment, employees feel good about themselves and more fully committed to doing the job and doing it well.


The Networking Whistleblower

February 21, 2008

I have had the privilege of knowing John Donnelly for several years and am delighted to see that he will be delivering a Workshop for EveryWoman all about networking, entitled “The Networking Whistle Blower”. The event is fully funded ( so it’s FREE to Women in the East of England ) and booking is straightforward via an online booking form (using RSVPBook which I reviewed last year).  Whilst I know John personally I have not attended this particular workshop before and have therefore booked to attend in March and will provide a review afterwards. 


 See a full Post via this link:-  https://kayenightingale.wordpress.com/2008/01/21/the-networking-whistleblower/

Websense Express to monitor Internet traffic

February 3, 2008


Most businesses these days need to be connected to the Internet. But that connection could represent a security threat, cause a drag on productivity, or serve as a way to let inappropriate content into your workplace. You might find yourself losing money or even key intellectual property. One very good solution is to run Websense Express on your network. This app monitors every bit of Internet traffic and lets you know who’s doing what in detailed and informative reports. And when you’re not around, it can act in your stead to implement the security and usage policies that its simple interface lets you easily set up.

Websense Express is powerful tool for monitoring all Internet traffic and combining URL and protocol content-filtering with reporting. You can configure the app to do nothing more than report on Internet use or actively apply policies to block users from accessing unsuitable content. The software lets you track and manage not just Web browsing but also instant messaging and peer-to-peer traffic to prevent employees from wasting bandwidth, disseminating company secrets, and exposing systems to malware.  


Full article available on PC Magazine’s website:-  http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,2255078,00.asp?kc=PCRSS02129TX1K0000530

Seeing a clearer way to project success

October 21, 2007



MindManager& Microsoft Office Project & Prince2

Anyone who has ever worked in project management (whether beginner or expert) knows that Prince2™  is a methodology and, to the beginner, it seems “difficult” and “daunting”.  I was therefore extremely pleased to discover this free event being hosted by Visual Technology Solutions and am really looking forward to it.  Anything which can assist people running projects to be able to “see a clearer way to project success” must be worth taking a good look at and it is yet another reason why I am enjoying the journey of learning MindManager 7.0 Pro™  from Mindjet.  To be able to see the VISION whilst controlling the DETAIL is a common theme with me … people need to be able to “see the wood from the trees” whilst keeping accurate and timely records.  Looks like this event should be a perfect demonstration of that in action.

The details from VTS are as follows:

Location: University of Westminster, New Cavendish Street, London, United Kingdom
Date: 31st October 2007
Time: 9:30am – 1:00 pm  

The availability of Project Management applications in today’s market place are plentiful, but what about the age old problem of project Inception, Planning and Brainstorming activities?  These very necessary precursors to any major project are often managed using the more traditional tools of white boards, flip charts and sticky notes. 

This morning event is aimed at providing anyone with an interest in  project management methodology a short but thorough clearer picture of the processes involved.


9:30am           Registration Tea & Coffee
10:00am        Introduction to Mapping
10:40am        Visualizing PRINCE2™
11:15am         Coffee
11:30am         Implementing New Processes
12:15am         Q&A
1:00pm          Close

Register for the above event or download a free 21-day trial of MindManager 7.0 Pro


I’ll post an update after the event on 31st October and am now about to take a closer look at VTS’s Visual Bubble Ribbon … sounds very interesting …

Mindjet Monthly Newsletter (US)

October 19, 2007

Collaboration with Jamie Nast – Integrating MindManager with Microsoft Outlook

As anyone who has been reading this blog knows, I bought Jamie Nast’s book “Idea Mapping” in August and highly recommend it – there are several posts on this Blog about her work – please select “Jamie Nast” from Categories to see them all.  She has enabled me to allow the creative, imaginative, visionary “Me” to work in harmony with the linear, logical, analytical “Me” and I am enjoying the results.  I have always been an organised person but I am now taking those skills to higher levels.  Thanks Jamie!

You can imagine my pleasure when Jamie asked me if I would be prepared to share some of my Maps for an Article she was writing for the Mindjet Monthly Newsletter (US version) about integrating MindManager 7.0 Pro with Microsoft Office Outlook.  You’ll find the US Newsletter on Mindjet’s website where Jamie’s article explains the maps below … I hope that the maps (and the integration with Microsoft Office Outlook) will inspire some ideas …



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