A few years ago, I rented out my flat. The new tenant was initially very enthusiastic about the garden and promised to look after it. Inspecting the property a few months later, I discovered the garden had been pretty neglected except for a large gap where a favourite climber had covered a large piece of fence. When I asked the tenant, she said “Oh, I thought it was dead!” She’d mistaken its typical winter appearance (bare and twiggy) and made an executive decision to get rid of it.
Last year, I went along to a few improvisation classes in Brighton in search of some fun and a creativity boost, drop-in classes designed for all levels including novices like me. I love the silly games and the encouraging atmosphere – in improv, everything goes.
I’m not a baker, or even much of a cook, but I’m going to admit to you that I do like my annual fix of GBBO (The Great British Bake-Off for the uninitiated).
Mary, a senior manager, is recently back from maternity leave. She’s juggling a demanding client-facing role with mothering her 18-month old little girl and is, unsurprisingly, battling exhaustion.
When we moved house a few months ago, we took the opportunity to declutter. That included the loft. A daunting task not only because of the amount of stuff up there but also the difficulty accessing it – a small hatch above a narrow stairwell.
Are you struggling to find the time to lead not just manage? To be strategic and future-focussed instead of just trying to keep your head above water? If so, you are not alone.
I loved reading Matthew Syed’s recently published children’s book, You are awesome, an empowering read with the premise that you can be brilliant at anything if you practise.
On a particularly long car journey recently, I was listening to a TED radio hour podcast and came across an interview with Jane Poynter, a scientist who took part in the Biosphere 2 experiment in the early 1990s.
What if I were to tell you that there are leaders missing in your organisation? That there are voices, ideas, opinions and talent that are unheard and unseen?
“We think we are experiencing reality but what we are really experiencing is our thinking.” Michael Neill