I’m having a bit of a thing with Barry Gibb. It started a few weeks ago when I spent the afternoon on my sofa watching him take the Sunday afternoon crowd at Glastonbury by storm with a back catalogue that many will never be able to rival. And then I had a bit of a… Read More Stayin’ alive . . .
Bishop John James (R4, 12 July 2017) pondered recently on what might happen if essentials in our lives went pear-shaped at the same time – computer crashes, energy failures, supermarket shortages. He mooted the idea that, in the future, having a strip of land, a garden, an allotment, might be our key to survival –… Read More Onwards and upwards . . .
I’ve long been a fan of the acronym SOAR. I can recommend it for so many uses: interviews, presentations, reflection, appraisals, briefings, speeches, telling stories … even as a framework for meeting specific criteria in an essay. SOAR – situation, obstacles, actions, results – is clearly a versatile tool. Psychologist Rob Yeung suggests we can use… Read More SOAR . . .
Harry Kraemer, clinical professor of strategy at the Kellogg School, offers some ideas for self-reflection – see How Self-Reflection Can Make You a Better Leader. I especially like his “Eight Daily Self-Examination Questions.”
Last November an online survey called The Rest Test was launched to investigate what rest means to different people, how they like to rest and whether there is a link between rest and well-being. It was notable that when asked which words they associated with rest, just under 10% of people chose “guilty” or even… Read More Busy doing nothing . . .
My packet of salt and vinegar crisps tells me that its manufacturers have been perfecting the fresh taste of their product since 1948. Here is a company, I suspect, which understands self-development, self-awareness, feedback and reflection!
“It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?” Isaac Asimov
I’ve had a trial run – a mother of the bride hairdressing appointment in order to experiment with my locks. It’s been a success. I now feel well-prepared for my (or rather my daughter and future son-in-law’s) big day. But something my hairdresser said, as she did the reveal (you know, the moment when she… Read More Just when you least expect it . . .
“What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” (Phil Connors, Groundhog Day, 1993). I think I’m going to have to watch Groundhog Day again. This is a great quote in itself for a little quiet reflection. And then I wondered .… Read More Nothing is wasted . . .
What did you see today? What were you thinking? How did you feel? How might you change?