Skip to main content

My first month as a numbers

It's been a busy few months as I moved from a wonderful few years spent with the Photobox Group to becoming Chief Executive for Conosco.

Playing to my 'purple' nature, here are some simple numbers to tell the tale of my first month as a CEO:
  • 1 - organisational restructure
  • 0 - resulting redundancies
  • 4 - new members appointed to a newly-created Leadership Team spanning the UK and South Africa
  • 1 - tailored leadership skills course completed by the new Leadership Team
  • 20 - minutes that each leadership team member was asked by me to spend completing a self-analysis questionnaire
  • ~0 - the number of cynics asked to engage with the exercise
  • 1 professional lifetime - the time that the positive impact the individual questionnaire results that were presented to them will last on each of them (ask them, they agree.)
  • 62 minutes - the time it took us to escape from 'Escape Rooms' in London
  • 32 - the floor we ate lunch at in the Shard where we celebrated our offsite as a new Leadership team 
  • 7 - internal promotions
  • 7 - new career paths for those newly promoted members of the team 
  • 1 - new Personal Assistant...who reached their target career a little sooner than expected
  • 8 - the actual number of new career paths now that I'm counting properly
  • 1 - external hire
  • 7 - the days prior to joining that our new hire got in touch to tell us how excited he was to be joining
  • 6 - the number of women we have seen in a candidate pool for 3 more hires we're looking to make (a new business record - thank you Just IT and Sauce IT)
  • 1 - new business capability being readied for launch this month
  • 6 - new prospects interested in that new capability, pre-launch
  • 2 - new business partnerships formed (3rd on it's way soon...)
  • 702 - the number of views about a packet of mints
  • 20% - the prospective additional number of total client endpoints we've been asked to quote to support, in just the past 30 days
  • 1 - family happy to see 'Dad' enjoying his new life as a CEO
  • 9 - hours each weekday that I restrict my time spent working
  • 9 - hours, the same amount of time that I remind staff that I expect them to stick to working each weekday. Any longer and something is wrong.
  • 97.77% the new, higher pass rate our teams achieved on internal security awareness training to support our ongoing ISO27k standing
  • 911 my new favourite mode of transport
  • 8 - mph, said 911's average speed during my daily commute
  • 2 - weeks left until I visit our amazing South African team
  • 12 - donuts celebrating my first month anniversary
  • 1 - month of bad sleep as result of being constantly over excited and racing with ideas about the prospects and opportunities my team and I have ahead of us
  • 1 - completely different, personal business venture started in my spare time...thank you Conosco Board for being so open and visionary
  • 1 - blog post


Popular posts from this blog

Designing a GDPR-compliant consent workflow for eCommerce

It's been quite a journey for me, to date, as I find my way along the twisty path that is understanding GDPR.

Through attempting to better understand what 'compliance' for the Photobox Group looks like, and in a renewed attempt to better understand its likely impact upon us, something I've found hard to find are good examples of 'GDPR compliant' user interfaces for eCommerce around the provision of user consent.

Ultimately we need to ensure that for each and every GDPR-relevant interaction our brands have with our customer's data, we have their appropriate consent.

The question is, how granular the explicit Opt-In requirements need to be?

The ICO does a good job of publishing high-level 'consent guidelines' as below:
Explicit consent requires a very clear and specific statement of consent. Keep your consent requests separate from other terms and conditions.Be specific and granular. Vague or blanket consent is not enough.Name any third parties who wi…

A SOC is cooking - with a sprinkle of Machine Learning and SRE

This week sees the start of an exciting new chapter in our ever-maturing InfoSec story, with our Group Security team forming a new Security Operations Centre (SOC).

It has been founded using key staff from our existing Network Information Security (NIS) and AppSec analyst capabilities and I believe we are taking an interesting approach to the its creation that sees us using our ASV (Surecloud) as our first internal SOC client:

The rationale is simple - Surecloud's consultants are tasked with poking and probing our applications, network and supporting infrastructure (all BAU as part of our PCI-DSS routines), and our SOC is challenged to be able to report back to the testers what it is they did.

To achieve this the new SOC team has been empowered (provided time, creative freedom, engineering resource access and budget) to architect whichever technical solution(s) they require to be gain the required insight, and so a Red/Blue team dynamic is born between 'them' and the '…