Contrast and privilege, citizenship of Spaceship Earth

Two events occurred that had me consider today’s post. *I read an article that had me consider if I should remain invested in being a change agent. The article suggested that by focusing our effort into the world we might well be ignoring the very people who are close to us, and that maybe it is better to focus our … Read More

On the days our courage fails us

We all have these days. You know you need to face something. Make a call, speak to your spouse. Take an action that you have been avoiding. We know that if we try to ignore the action we need to take, it will still be there the next day. And the next. The shadow of it will inhabit our dreams, … Read More

Fear – the relinquishing of authority

No one is exempt from fear. It comes in all shapes and sizes, from the wave of weakness that engulfs us like a tsunami, to the dull sick feeling gnawing away on the fringes of our consciousness, to the prickle of skin. It keeps us awake at night. We eat and drink too much to try and silence its presence. … Read More

Change, addiction to growth and the development of the interiors

‘If change is happening faster on the outside than the inside, then the end is nigh.’ Jack Welsh. I happen to agree with Mr. Welsh. Sadly few businesses spend any time on this. Or few relationships of any nature. Our Western mind, our business schools, our education system trains us all to focus on the results on the outside. The … Read More

How do you keep score? All-in-cost, integral accounting and real value.

Our society is brought up on measuring and keeping score. We don’t even realise how much we do this. We will immediately look at someone’s clothes, shoes, car, hair, skin colour….and make massive assumptions about their status in society. Over the course of the last 50 plus years business has been reduced to keeping score in one domain only. Return … Read More

The art of apprenticeship

From Old French, apprendre- to learn, apprenticing as an act of reverence to life and our journey across its unexpected contours evokes much needed humility. In the medieval times all craftspeople started as an apprentice, bound to a master for seven years at least. After this time they became journeyman, able to charge their own fee, still far from mastery. … Read More

Addicted to busy

We are addicted to busy. Our work demands constant busyness. There is an illusion that if we are not busy busy busy then we are being unproductive. It is a seriously flawed illusion. The last few days I have been watching myself as my days are crammed from the moment I get up to the moment I go to bed … Read More

When collapse is a good thing

As an endurance runner we most often have clear signals that the body needs rest or fuel. The signals usually start with more subtle hints, a niggle here, a slight feeling of weakness. When we fail to pay attention to these signals, they get louder. If we continue to ignore them, then we will get collapse. And the collapse will … Read More

The value of one small step repeated every day

As a marathon runner I know the value of the next small step. And then the next. And the next. Eventually you will have stepped 42.275kms. Most anyone can do this. The question is long will it take? Sometimes our focus on the time it takes is the wrong focus. I know many people who don’t start a marathon … Read More

How strong is your core as a leader?

“Effective leaders are individuals who help us overcome the limitations of our own selfishness and weakness and fears and get us to do harder, better more important things than we can get ourselves to do on our own.” David Foster Most humans I have ever met want to rise to their best selves. We all have aspects of self that … Read More