Hello, my name is Alasdair

I was born on 18th March, 1969 (yes, I'll be 50 in a few months time). My parents christened me Alasdair Iain McGill, and for 40 of the years I've been on this planet, people have known me as Alasdair. Then social media happened. I joined Twitter in 2008, and after a few months of … Continue reading Hello, my name is Alasdair

Why are you still charging by the hour?

When I worked for Ernst & Young back in the early 90s, we had to account for every 10 minutes of our time. Each hour equated to 6 units, and we had a weekly target of billing a minimum of 75% of chargeable time. In reality, most of us were billing over 100% of our … Continue reading Why are you still charging by the hour?

Working 9-5 what a way to make a living!

*** this post was originally published back in 2011, however the message is as relevant today as it was back then. I'll be interested in your thoughts *** Working 9-5, what a way to make a living! So sang Dolly Parton back in 1980. And in those days, before the Information Age, she had a … Continue reading Working 9-5 what a way to make a living!

New Beginnings

For almost two years now I've been working on a variety of interesting projects through my own company.  During that time I’ve helped launch two innovative startup businesses and have led a large Service Design project, helping to completely redesign the way that a service was delivered, leading to a much better customer experience that built … Continue reading New Beginnings

Working 9-5 what a way to make a living!

So sang Dolly Parton back in 1980. And in those days, before the Information Age, she had a point. 31 years on and a revolution has taken place in the world of work. We're constantly connected in a 24x7 world where customers expect instant responses via Facebook, Twitter, or plain "old" email. But here's the … Continue reading Working 9-5 what a way to make a living!