Reading is not slacking

Meetings, team calls and 1:1’s are part of our working day culture and no one questions them on a calendar. What if you saw ‘Read a Book for an hour’ on someone’s calendar what would you think? Reading can change your perspective. This in turn can lead to improved productivity or you and your teamContinue reading “Reading is not slacking”

Employees or crew (how many souls are aboard your boat?)

I had the worst migraine in ages last night. Health really is wealth and you never appreciate how wealthy you are until you are in pain. I think it’s sinus related as I can’t breathe well at all. I hope it will not effect the quality of the post today. I trained as a dayContinue reading “Employees or crew (how many souls are aboard your boat?)”

Make the right decisions, or make your decisions right

We make decisions everyday. Most are easy to call decisions which require very little energy. Some are key decisions that required your focus, energy and time to reflect. You know there is a BUT coming…. But those people that wait too long to make a decision don’t get far. A friend of mine from theContinue reading “Make the right decisions, or make your decisions right”

My favourite teacher story

As my son is a school teacher now and I am a very proud father I have started to collect or notice teacher stories. This one below is one of my favourites, enjoy: A school teacher ran a test that had several sections, each of which contained three questions. He told the students to chooseContinue reading “My favourite teacher story”

Mentoring can be magic

Mentorship works, Socrates mentored young Plato, who in turn mentored Aristotle. Aristotle mentored a youth called Alexander, who ‘over achieved’ that young man went on to conquer the known world as Alexander the Great. I heard about this great example: Great Ormand Street Hospital (GOSH) Doctors and nurses needed to model moves of master handoverers,Continue reading “Mentoring can be magic”

Forget the test, love the lesson

you’d bury yourself alive just to prove you could handle a shovel Jill Stagg That quote above was from my mother just before she passed away. We were talking about how proud she was but how concerned she was that I pushed myself too far. She knew her son. But I started at the endContinue reading “Forget the test, love the lesson”

Perspective

Not sure why I remember this today but it just came back to me this morning. I remember travelling to Scotland years ago, we went right up to the Northern most tip of our beautiful island. I had driven for over a day, got a boat /ferry to get to Lochinver, Sutherland in western Scotland.Continue reading “Perspective”

Execution matters most

Discussing ideas, meeting with smart people and bouncing off of each other is engerising. Ideas are the kindling of progress but they are not progress, the most important ingredient is ‘great execution’. It is in doing the work and putting the idea in the world. Making that idea a reality needs industriousness and effort. ExecutionContinue reading “Execution matters most”

Are you a thermometer or a thermostat leader

I was sitting in the living room earlier this year watching reviews of ‘Home Tech’ and it described the evolution of governing the home temperature as technology progressed. I really think there are parallels of how a modern house is now environmentally managed and how we need to manage our organisations. A thermometer; reflects theContinue reading “Are you a thermometer or a thermostat leader”

Help where you can, when you can

It seems some days there is not even enough time to manage your own workload without the idea of helping another but that is what I am suggesting you do this week. Reach out to someone in your organization and ask them how you can help them, helping can be as little as listening andContinue reading “Help where you can, when you can”

Two thieves both called regret

Saturday morning down the beach hut is a day of reflection for me, a day I look back and try and see the week just passed at arms length. It is important to learn and try and improve but also not to beat yourself up too much. Regrets for the week past on events andContinue reading “Two thieves both called regret”

110%

I can’t abide the term overachiever, It’s not possible for people to rise above their level of competency. We are all in some way under achievers to varying degree. One of my bugbears are sports and business leaders saying a person gave 110 percent. How can that be possible? Coach John Wooden only ever judgedContinue reading “110%”

Not Knowing: uncertainty is your opportunity

We all like knowing things! That feeling we get when we know the most about a subject in a room full of people. This temptation is enticing, it makes you feel good. There is nothing wrong with a desire to know and control your environment. That temptation is hurting you, it’s at least holding youContinue reading “Not Knowing: uncertainty is your opportunity”

Seen it all before

I think we can all agree age is a very high price to pay for maturity, but what maturity teaches you is the feeling so often that you have seen that before, heard that debate before, experienced that moment before. Being married to a historian just cements this assertion. My wife reminds me that weContinue reading “Seen it all before”

Apricity

As a lover of literature and collector of words. I would like to draw your attention to the word Apricity, which means the warmth of the sun in the winter. This term comes from the Latin meaning “to bask in the sun.” This Blog post contributor hopes you will warm to the idea of addingContinue reading “Apricity”

Fish and chips by the sea while reading books about the sea

Some weekends the pleasure of being alive is just within reach and the warmness of the moment is understandable also. It’s a gift to be alive. And each moment, each breathe we take is literally the chance of a lifetime.

No crabby pants allowed only happy clams

As I write this post the bank holiday weekend still has half of Monday left but I can say without a shadow of a doubt that it has been one of my best long weekends for ages. I am at peace with ‘the me’ down at the beach. Whether it be short walks on theContinue reading “No crabby pants allowed only happy clams”

Surprising Sunday

Sunday surprised me with some lovely blue skies, light winds and no rain. I suppose as it is a bank holiday that explains so many people walking up and down the beach paths. I hope you do forgive me for taking yet another photo of my Hut and path outside, I could take a photoContinue reading “Surprising Sunday”

OK Breathe, Orange Coloured Beach Sky;

Arrived at the beach and saw this orange coloured sky as we were unpacking. The sound of the waves, the smell of the salty sea will always be a trigger for me to relax and breathe. The Friday night long drive after a long week is always worth it once we arrive and are metContinue reading “OK Breathe, Orange Coloured Beach Sky;”

People… are interested in people

This post is not a typically reflective or cerebral post but just an observation from my experience of living next to the sea. You see the photo that accompanies this post? well you have two options as you walk along the seaside path. You can look at the majestic ocean, waves, clouds, boats, planes allContinue reading “People… are interested in people”