As someone who is forever grateful for the opportunities of a lifetime that her school gave her, I felt really sad to read the story of someone whose school experience was not as positive. At the age of only 5, Sean Macnamara was streamed at school, and in effect written off. He suggests that where… Read More Take a seat . . .
“One day you will ask me which is more important? My life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away not knowing that you are my life.” Kahlil Gibran
I overheard a bus driver on a special route transporting students between campuses and exam venues, ask, “why would you take a taxi when there’s a free bus? And she had a point. It’s good to feel you’re getting a bargain, and students can often do with keeping some money in their pocket. But what… Read More The right thing . . .
Sitting in a cafe the other day I heard two University students (around 18 or 19 years of age I would guess) get to know each other. Their main point of reference that they seemed both able to connect to was their A level subjects and grades. I’ve noticed this before – certainly in first… Read More Fast forward . . .
“The ability to formulate a better question will serve you better than answering the wrong question.” Jay Cone
Jane Fonda says that her main form of exercise these days is jumping into things before she really knows what she’s doing: “It’s called a leap of faith … It’s what keeps me young, too. That’s my new workout. When you take a leap of faith you don’t always land in the right place,… Read More Loving this workout . . .
Samuel Frederick Dabney Jr – more commonly known as “Ted” – co- founded a company that designed arcade and home video games, home consoles, and home computers. The company was named “Syzygy” – a term in astronomy relating to the alignment of celestial bodies. I’ve read that the name didn’t stick because it had already… Read More Changing for the good . . .
Listening to someone talk the other day about making the most of the time they spend at work, they moved on to talking about how we each might use failure to our advantage – acknowledging, of course, that not every minute of the working day can be magical, productive or successful. It got me thinking.… Read More Your touchstone . . .
Have you ever walked away from something at work thinking, well, that wasn’t an hour of my time well spent – perhaps after a meeting, attendance at a training event, watching a presentation? What did you do afterwards to make sure you avoid a similar situation again? Let me guess. You felt pretty powerless. So… Read More You have the power . . .
A lovely colleague the other day described a technique she uses to encourage people to talk, to say what’s on their mind … especially when they’re struggling to find the right words. She asks them to “think of a smile moment.” Wonderful imagery, isn’t it. Of course, context is everything, and sensitivity and empathy are… Read More What does it for you ?