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The Wheel of the Heavens

This wonderful photo is the result of leaving the lens open on a camera set to a very long exposure and shows the movement of the stars relative to Earth (or more accurately the opposite.)  It kind of reminds me that we are part of giant system and it keeps going round and round whatever […][...] read more » The Wheel of the Heavens

A Personal Update: Role and Identity… which comes first?

I was writing to a friend today and sharing some thoughts on the difficulty of breaking out of my virtual ‘egg’ and starting over.  What am I meant to be doing with my time and my life these days?  Who am I now that I’m no longer half a partnership.  Like all parents, we had […][...] read more » A Personal Update: Role and Identity… which comes first?

Winter Seeds

At this time of year the earth nurtures the seeds that were formed in the autumn.  They sit there waiting for their time to come; when the soil warms up and Nature tells them that it is time to begin.  These tiny packages of potential were created full of purpose and only wait their opportunity […][...] read more » Winter Seeds

It is worth asking for what you want

Regular readers will remember that we had the kitchens in Cook Towers refurbished some time ago, and this was accompanied by a wholesale  replacement of our pots, pans etc.  Much to the chef’s dismay, we discovered that both sets of new pans have started to lose their coating /surface.  It caused some distress as we […][...] read more » It is worth asking for what you want

Mary Schmich’s "Wear Sunscreen Speech"

This speech was written by Mary Schmich and published in the Chicago News Tribune in 1997, but is often falsely attributed to Kurt Vonnegut as the MIT commencement speech in that same year.  I thought it was worth reproducing as there is just a chance my kids will read it and benefit from Mary’s wisdom:- […][...] read more » Mary Schmich’s "Wear Sunscreen Speech"

What a Wonderful Life!

My daughter is a movie buff and decided that we needed to have a late Xmas treat and insisted that we sat down to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life”, the James Stewart movie.  If you haven’t seen it, briefly it is about a good man who basically spends his life sacrificing his opportunities to be […][...] read more » What a Wonderful Life!

A successful man?

I was listening to Michael Caine talk on Desert Island Island Disks this morning.  I am a big fan of his acting, especially in his latter years.  Although he is 19 years older than me, I was a teenager when I saw him burst onto the movie scene as Alfie.   So my years of my […][...] read more » A successful man?

Going with the Flow

Someone responded to my blog yesterday “I usually let it go with the flow……or better……where the flow takes us……….”    And it made me realise that what sounds rather like a bit of a hippy cliché in fact contains some really serious keys to successful change.  Change is organic; it comes from within.  Attempts to impose […][...] read more » Going with the Flow

Video Blog: Why Change can’t be ‘managed’

If people ask me “What do you do?”  I’ll often say “I’m a Change consultant” To which they normally go “Oh.. Change management” If time is short I agree, but given half a chance I explain why I don’t like this phrase and why I feel that real change is not something to ‘manage’ rather […][...] read more » Video Blog: Why Change can’t be ‘managed’

Measuring progress beyond goals

When your life is about making the next promotion, selling the next big contract, buying a nicer home or whatever, then it is relatively easy to measure your progress.  Life is like a race and you can see those you are competing against falling behind you in your rear-view mirror.  Your progress up the corporate […][...] read more » Measuring progress beyond goals