Author Archives: Sam Meldrum

About Sam Meldrum

Sam Meldrum is a Partner at Barnett Waddingham LLP where he leads the IT team. I have an interest in leadership, business, economics, technology, Christianity, running, cycling​ and photography. You can find my other stuff on the web by visiting about.me/SamMeldrum​ or follow me on Twitter: @SamMeldrum.

Change

change – verb – Make or become different. (Source: Oxford Dictionaries) I’ve been thinking about change and progress recently. I read the two quotes illustrated below on my morning commute and it got me thinking about change. How do we effectively bring about change? … Continue reading

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Unified Communications

Barnett Waddingham and Fuze I talk about how Barnett Waddingham are using the Fuze unified communications platform to improve communication within the firm.

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Distraction is the enemy of productivity

distraction – noun – A thing that prevents someone from concentrating on something else. (source: Oxford Dictionaries) Assuming that we want ourselves and our teams to be concentrating on something productive we need to minimise distractions in the workplace. Some people … Continue reading

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The IT within an Actuarial Consultancy I discuss the challenges the company’s IT department faces, the importance of the Cloud and the awareness the Board should have towards technology and its risks with Knowledge Peers.

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Leading Empty Desks

Yesterday afternoon I took part in a panel discussion on “Leading Empty Desks” at Knowledge Peers Exchange 2013 Event. The discussion was led by Giri Tharmananthar of Microsoft who started the discussion with an engaging talk based around Dave Coplin‘s … Continue reading

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Communication

communication – noun – the imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium. (source: Oxford Dictionaries) As leaders, communication is a key tool in the toolbox. Not every leader will be the archetypal charismatic communicator, … Continue reading

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Reboot

It has been a while since I posted here. I have been a little busy. We moved back into our house last November after a big renovation project – a few weeks later than originally planned – just in time … Continue reading

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Following

following – noun – a body of supporters or admirers. (source: Oxford Dictionaries) Leadership is not something bestowed on you from on high, it is something you only have by virtue of your followers and followers can be easily lost. … Continue reading

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Focus

focus – noun – the centre of interest or activity. (Source: Oxford Dictionaries) Being effective in relationships and meetings takes concentrated effort and focus on the individuals we are interacting with in the moment. “Concentration is the secret of strength … Continue reading

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Belief

belief – noun – trust, faith, or confidence in (someone or something). (Source: Oxford Dictionaries) Belief can be empowering or it can be limiting. Often our beliefs are self-fulfilling. One person’s belief that something is impossible will prevent them from … Continue reading

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Purpose

purpose – noun –  a person’s sense of resolve or determination. (Source: Oxford Dictionaries) A purposeful leader is determined, resilient and easy to follow. A good leader needs a definite and deliberate purpose. Following leaders without a real purpose sounds like the … Continue reading

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Support and Challenge

supportive – adjective – providing encouragement or emotional help. (Source: Oxford Dictionaries) challenging – adjective – testing one’s abilities; demanding. (Source: Oxford Dictionaries) As leaders we should seek to motivate and empower our followers by providing them with the right … Continue reading

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