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What's happening to "freedom of speech"?

“Is “being offended” a choice?’ The subject line of this post is one I’ve pondered for some time.  Since leaving the corporate world 7 years ago this month one of the main differences I have noticed, and to some extent enjoyed, is that I can have an opinion publicly on things now that will not, by inference, be applied to the brand of the corporate I might be working for.  As an independent contractor my view is my view. It does not by association become that of my “employe...

June 12, 2018

The washing machine broke down. How's yours?

It’s a new calendar year and, as at the time of writing this, “all of a sudden” 7 percent of it has gone.  We took some time out on the proverbial “charger” during January, as many people do, which was excellent. If you’ve done something similar I’m sure you will be familiar with what appears to be a “mountain of washing” when you get home. We had one. Into the washing machine the first load went. About two thirds of the way through the cycle it stopped. Error message and ...

January 24, 2018

How much is enough?

When is enough enough? How much should I do? Will I know when to stop? Probably all rhetorical questions. In recent weeks the question has consistently raised itself in my mind. “How much is enough?” Am I doing enough to keep in touch with people? Is the amount of exercise I’m doing enough? Is the mix of work and play about right? Am I reading or learning enough? Sometimes the answer is instinctive. You just know. Invariably we feel as though we could have done more don’t we, but if we d...

December 4, 2017

Are you “winning” or are you”#winning”?

Are you “winning” in what you are doing? How do you know? What does “winning” look like? More importantly – what does winning “feel” like? There are a multitude of measures we can use to determine our level of success. The ones we use will vary according to what we are involved in. When it comes to dealing with people, even in this increasingly digitally connected age, there is still no substitute, in my view, for person to person contact to create the best results. To win. Kim Wic...

November 17, 2017

Life’s not Perfect. Be “The Man in the Arena” anyway.

Life isn’t perfect.  Is it just me or has there been a lot of publicity lately about people who “got things wrong”, or situations that “aren’t resolved correctly”?  Are we being dictated to by a noisy minority? Or if not dictated to, at least bombarded! In the age of omnipresent social media, where most of what we say and do is somehow recorded either consciously or unwittingly, “incidents” are often transmitted to a potentially global audience either as they happen or ...

July 17, 2017

A Platform for the Future

So, with a look back at 5 years in operation, what are 5 key things to take forward into the future that might work for you: 1) Do what feels right Coming into self employment from over two decades in the corporate world provided a certain liberation to the extent that you make your own rules. That provides both freedom and uncertainty. Freedom in that you can choose what to do or not do. Uncertainty in a world with almost limitless choices; which ones do you make? As time has gone on it has bec...

July 9, 2016

Milestones and A Measure of a Man

Milestones We all have them don’t we. Milestones along the way. Things we have done, achieved, earned. There are a number of milestones that we recognise, celebrate and appreciate. The end of March represents something of a milestone for all of us. The first quarter of the year is finished. How has it been for you? How are you progressing towards the goals you set yourself for 2014? As it happens March is a big month for significant milestones in our family. This year there were a couple of ad...

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