Why I make my work calendar public

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A weekly calendar showing lots of overlapping meetings.

If you'd like to set up a meeting or call with me, chances are, I've sent you a link to my calendar. It's a public website where you can see when I'm available. One important note, before we go any further, this public calendar only shows my free/busy status. It doesn't show the names of…

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Weeknotes: A year at #NHSX

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Terence Eden speaking at a conference.

A year ago, I swapped my comfy job at GDS for a new role at the Department of Health and Social Care. So, this is a sort of informal end-of-year review. It has been a fun and challenging year. Some of the things I've tried have worked, others less so. The Good Helped kickstart NHSX.…

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Another year over, and what have you done?

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A zoomed out view of dozens of Trello cards.

It's really easy to think "I haven't achieved anything this week!" and fall into self-pity. So, at the start of 2019, I decided to give future-me a present. I started a Trello board called "Done!". Each week, I created a new column - "Done 2019-01-04", "Done 2019-01-11", and so on for the rest of the…

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The Corridors of Power

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Terence Eden standing outside Number 10 Downing Street.

These are the lyrics to my constant earworm: Sometimes my life it feels like fiction Some of the days it's really quite surreal George Harrison - Pisces Fish I occasionally find myself having meetings in the Palace of Westminster with People From The News. I want to talk about what that's like. I'm waiting to…

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Tell the audience what you want them to do

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24 tweets from people - including photos of the slide.

I do lots of public speaking as part of my job. I'd like to share one of my tips for giving engaging and impactful talks. Two caveats: This is a sort-of work post. In that, I'll be discussing something I did for my employer - but they haven't asked me to write this, nor have…

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The worst morale boosting gesture I've experienced

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The Vodafone logo with the text "The future is exciting. Ready?"

I promise you this story is true. Many years ago, when I was very young and you were even younger... Work was not going well. Our recently launched product was a flop. Rumours of job cuts were swirling. Things were tense. I was sat in work, headphones on, trying to drown out the sound of…

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The Secret Rules For Getting Hired

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Web Developer with a job (has a great big beard). Web Developer without a job (is clean shaven).

I'm going to let you in to three TOP SECRET rules for getting hired. These are the hidden techniques used by TOP interviewers… Never Tell The Candidates The Rules Of Success I read an infuriating blog post recently: "If someone doesn't send a thank you email, don't hire them". This is a great way to…

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Weeknotes - Mid-year Review

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Terence Eden standing outside Number 10 Downing Street.

I loathe performance reviews. OKRs, KPIs, EYRs? Bleugh! There's a level of introspection which always makes me intrinsicly uncomfortable. Besides, I always feel like I've done nothing worthwhile other than arse about on a computer. In my new job, I decided to keep an achievement journal. Well, a Trello list of tasks I've done well.…

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Scruffiness Privilege

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Web Developer with a job (has a great big beard). Web Developer without a job (is clean shaven).

When I was at school, we had to wear a uniform. Black trousers, white shirt, brown blazer, brown tie. Coincidentally, it was more-or-less the same uniform as the local supermarket. On the last day of school, I ripped off my tie and vowed never to wear one again. And, aside from the occasional wedding and…

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Weeknotes - hello #NHSX

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NHSX Twitter Feed.

This is what I've been working on in my new job: Big welcome to @NHSX - harnessing technology to deliver for patients https://t.co/4apSRvcerh — Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) February 19, 2019 Hello, World!https://t.co/IthZjHo9Yq — NHSX (@NHSX) February 19, 2019 BOOM! With a fancy announcement in the House of Commons and everything! It has been a lot…

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