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Chris Whyatt
Creator of the Get to Great benchmarking methodology
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Working shifts and commuting was proving difficult by September 1970 (try working all night and then driving your scooter 12 miles home without falling asleep), so thanks to our computer room cleaner, Violet, I opted for digs in Bridgwater at her place. This meant leaving home at 17! The upside... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at EveryDayIsASchoolDay
In the early months of 1970 (I was just 17), my mum spotted an advert for a Trainee Computer Operator working for British Cellophane in Bridgwater, some 12 miles from our home in Taunton, Somerset. I wrote to them stating that my ambition was to have a career in computers,... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at EveryDayIsASchoolDay
Arriving at Ladymead in autumn 1964 was a big shock – I wasn’t the tallest kid in the school! I also realised that the ‘education’ I’d received at St. John’s was not fit for purpose, even for a secondary modern school. My lack of a basic understanding of the English... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at EveryDayIsASchoolDay
I was born on 26th January 1953 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Peter Port, Guernsey to Beryl and Jim Whyatt. Dad was there because he managed the local Lotus & Delta shoe shop, carrying on a family tradition started by his father James Whyatt and his uncle, Bert Gamble. We move... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at EveryDayIsASchoolDay
In today’s connected world, there’s nowhere to hide. How people perceive and subsequently judge you should concern everyone who’s hoping to get on in the world, so protecting and enhancing your reputation is more of a priority than ever. Ten things to focus on to protect and enhance your reputation... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Sixth Form Speaking
My great-nephew and future leader of our nation, Greg Cook, recently invited me to talk to a group of 40 or so of his fellow lower sixth pupils at Shiplake College. I needed a theme, so picked 'Ten things I wish I’d known when I left school…' because I thought... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Sixth Form Speaking
Sales has negative connotations for many people, and this causes them to dismiss it as a potential career. This interactive workshop is designed to raise awareness and interest in a career in sales by tackling those negative perceptions. Over a one hour period, the workshop addresses the following questions: What... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Sixth Form Speaking
Helmsman has just celebrated its 30th anniversary (May 2018), so I thought I’d revisit an old article I wrote about it back in 2006. I hope you enjoy the story. Helmsman is/was a job scheduler (for automated computer operations) for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at Chris Whyatt thinks...
Over the last five years, I have spoken to a number of sixth form groups on the following subjects: Ten Things I Wish I’d Known When I Left School. One hour interactive talk for both lower and upper sixth. Sales As Career Destination. One hour interactive talk for both lower... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Sixth Form Speaking
In my last blog, I talked but the evolution of Runmac, and gaining the rights to the IP. My son (also Chris) was born in March 1979, prior to which I took a permanent role in ICL CIS in West... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at Chris Whyatt thinks...
In a recent blog I talked about how I found the role of computer operator illogical in the early 1970’s, especially with the arrival of operating systems. I should explain that the computers I refer to were mainframes (one big... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at Chris Whyatt thinks...
In an earlier blog I wrote about how, in 1970, I got into the computer industry, and how I ended up in Beckenham in early 1973. In this post I want to write about that industry in the first half... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at Chris Whyatt thinks...
Before you turn away in horror, this is NOT a post about golf, but what playing golf at different clubs taught me about the English class system in the early 1970’s! I was introduced to golf at about 12 years... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Chris Whyatt thinks...
I became a teenager on 26th January 1966, and as a mentioned in a previous post, music was already a big part of my life. Radio was the primary (read only) source of new music, initially from Radio Luxembourg and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Chris Whyatt thinks...
I was 14 in 1967… My teachers started talking about careers, so I started to think about what I wanted to do. I can honestly say that I only ever wanted to do one thing – work in (what was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Chris Whyatt thinks...
We all learnt a lot from our parents, perhaps more so than from anybody else in our lives (grandparents excepted), as they guide us through life, to varying degrees, from birth until we leave home, and beyond. I was lucky... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Chris Whyatt thinks...
I went to school in Tangier, honestly! Sadly, only the Tangier area in Taunton. Tangier was perhaps half a mile from our flat in Fore Street, and contained the nearest school available, St. John’s (no longer there). St. John’s was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at Chris Whyatt thinks...
Where does one start when doing a personal blog? Well, NOT by using ‘one’ for a start! I guess you start at the beginning… I was born in Guernsey in 1953, as my father Jim was managing a shoe shop... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at Chris Whyatt thinks...
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