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The Next Renaissance

Once upon a time… Each village had the butcher, the baker and a candlestick maker.  Then supermarkets put everything under one roof to serve a collection of villages, larger towns and cities. This led the way for retail parks where you can eat, watch a movie, try on a frock and pick up a pint…

Elephants, please, one at a time.

Difficult conversations and challenging topics are in vast abundance in our open and transparent culture. Inviting and addressing the elephant in the room is good practice. There is also a need to moderate the number of invitations. If every elephant was invited into the room where you are, space would be limited. Space for thought…

Are you learning to speak “civvy”?

Last summer when I had a few lessons with Peter Brookes-Smith and learned to code – a new language inevitably came with it. So not only did I better understand the principles and see that I use and deploy coding more than I realised, learning the lingo helped me to better communicate with people with a higher…

The Great Resignation – Revisited… again!

A few weeks back I mentioned this term in a blog and referred back to it in one of my early postings when I got into writing in 2019. And more recently, there was a great thread on LinkedIn about the “mass exodus” from Uniformed Services. And now it’s got me thinking… Is it, really?…

You think that’s bad…

Heard a story recently… A military person, interviewing an actor who was saying how awful it is for them being away from home while filming… This did not sit well. And I can see how. But, actors are actors. They are part of a system that puts them in fancy hotels, with runners to get…

You do not have a training problem

There is an abundance of training opportunities. Every organisation, large and small has them. 1:1 training, group training, e-learning, distance learning, self-lead learning, reflective practice, supervision, coaching, mentoring, courses long and short… In the military… stand by…. Phase 1 Initial, Phase 2 Trade Training, Phase 3 Specialised Training, CPD, DLE, Command courses at various rank…

Did they win, or did you lose? 

Because there is a difference.  They might have won through preparedness, focus, wise choices and tactically forcing errors.  Or, you lost due to too many unforced errors, distractions, mindset and being off your game.  If you’re not winning as much as you’d like, it might be worth evaluating and addressing how well you are losing. …

Time and Milestones

Recently we celebrated the Platinum Jubilee for dear old Queenie. And after watching the montages of her reign, it’s times like these when you realise the finite quality of life. And also the leaps we make from one milestone to the next. Even looking back at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations 10 years ago, we have…

Allies

You would think that allies are found on common ground. What if, there was a place to discuss and explain what each of us sees from our perspective? Sure, differences of opinion are likely to emerge. And by leading with curiosity to better understand each other’s perspectives, it might be you have more in common…

Working with Others

How might we need to do less working, and more listening? What is your poker face really saying? And how might it be letting you down? Maybe you have a “tell”, does everyone else know what that means, or are you assuming? If you could create a secret code for your team, what might it…