Speaker, Coach, Blogger

Tuesday, 7 June 2016



"Everything vanishes around me, and works are born as if out of the void. Ripe, graphic fruits fall off. My hand has become the obedient instrument of a remote will."-- Paul Klee

Just for a change, I'm writing this later in the day. It's not that I've got any more to share, but I wanted to read this morning and, therefore, didn't turn my computer on. In any event, I spend enough time at work with my face pressed to a screen.

Work is a little more productive today but only from the standpoint that I've a few more things to do. It's not that I sit at my desk twiddling my thumbs but I'm one of these people who can, I hope, see the wood for the trees and, unlike some of my failed projects at home (DIY!), I can get through a lot of stuff. It's been nice today, even though for a few hours, to have my Office Manager back at work. She's been off for well over a month, having been stricken with two bouts of very nasty flu. She's still on the mend, as if evident from her energy levels, but having her about coalesces people around an issue, whereas I seem to end up spinning plates and not making the same demonstrable progress.

Our house sale is dragging on. I do wish the purchasers and their solicitors would stop being so pedantic and be realistic/commercial about some of the title issues. I accept that they don't want to buy a duffer but hells bells, we've been in the property for 14 years and we seem to have coped; and our lender hasn't complained -- and taken our money!

I'm off to Bristol tomorrow for a leadership course. I hope I come away knowing something. I'm always suspicious of those that teach (this subject) and those that do. I'm sure leadership is a learned skill but making mistakes is often a better teacher (in the people camp).

I'm keeping away from social media as much as possible. In particular, LinkedIn is beginning to seriously get under my skin by dint of the complete absence of talk/discussion about the environment or the natural world. I see all these uber businesses being lauded as well as some fairly big egos making a claim to be amazing but, at the back of my mind, I'm always thinking: "That's great but where's the recognition of the environment/sustainability/the deleterious effect on nature?". I know that sounds a bit off kilter for a B2B site but business can't operate in a vacuum. Twitter and Facebook are better but, there again, they're replete with too much salesmanship and not enough stewardship.

I haven't managed to get near the book outline. I'm hoping, on the train journey tomorrow, I'll have enough time to complete it. Also, I'm reading a great book by Steven Pinker called The Sense of Style. It feels like a better version of Strunk & White and even though I've only just started the book, I'm learning loads. I did decide this morning, much like I've done on a number of previous occasions, that as well as reading more (to be a better writer) I need to study further the craft both for fiction and non-fiction. As far as I'm concerned, I can't learn enough and my mindset is very much Beginner's Mind. (You might like to listen to Beth Orton on last night's Front Row where she was interviewed about her new album. I loved what she had to say on the subject of said mindset.)

Until tomorrow now.

Onwards...

PS. I watched this TEDx talk last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. My only comment was "...and what comes next?".