- Don’t do things just because that’s how they are usually done. There might well be a better, ‘less work’ way.
- Make sure you have all the tools to do the job with you before you start it saves time rather than going back to the shed for them later.
- Find highly productive activity which takes very little effort (like grow fruit).
- Forget the highly groomed lawn; grow a wild flower meadow. High maintenance vs low maintenance.
- Design the garden in such a way that it keeps work to a minimum.
- No-work is a mindset which makes you question whether what you are doing is productive.
- Setting up a no-work operation is initially hard work with but will eventually bring results.
Meanwhile, the hammock is in a cupboard gathering dust. I also have to pretend I’m eccentric when I’m in the Co-op in order to justify my behaviour, but the end is in sight. Soon, the no-work garden will be mine!
- ‘We pass on our ideas’
- ‘We told them this would happen’
- ‘They don’t listen to us’
- ‘If they bothered to ask us we could have prevented this’
Unfortunately, we sometimes come across ‘the high and mighty’ leader. This type can reside anywhere in an organisation, not necessarily at the top. They somehow obtain a title to go on their name badge, this gives them status. At this point, their hearing becomes affected by the extra weight imbued by their seniority. I’m always wary around people who have a name badge extension to accommodate the extra lettering needed to proclaim their rank. Perhaps we need to do some research to prove the negative coloration between job title length and the ability to hear what colleagues are saying. I believe this starts to happen at about four words.
Are you an aircraft carrier or a lighthouse?
- Excellence is not commonplace but can you recognise excellence in order that you might learn from it?
- To achieve the next level requires others to understand what might be possible, which they might not have the skill to do.
- Most importantly this is not about the appreciation of art but about the art of appreciation.
- Awareness: Here is something of note that can be appreciated. Spot it. Take the effort to recognise it.
- Connection: Make the effort to offer your comments.
- Be specific: What is it you like or dislike? What criteria are you using? How does this compare with other examples you have seen?
- How does it make you feel? Emotional response is, for me, the key factor in my appreciation of art, theatre, film, food or an event.
- Dialogue: Appreciation is not a one way street, it is an opportunity to explore with others the reasons for the feelings it evokes.
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- Degree of Frenchness ( 1 no Frenchness – 10 French)
- Polished shoes (1 has never used polish – 10 shiny)
- Waiterisms ( 1 mechanic – 10 Array of flourishes)
- Solomnier ( 1 Gushing – 10 Serious and Professional)
- Sommelier ( 1 Struggles with a cork – 10 sniffs the cork once extracted from the bottle) Placing the bottle between the knees and pulling the cork , with sound effects gets double points.
- Eyebrow manipulation ( 1 no use of the eye brows – 10 uses the eye brows in communication)
- Bowing ( 1 small head nods – 10 proper dipping down with arm flourish)
- Acknowledgement ( 1 regards me as a commodity – 10 Treats me as a full VIP guest)
- Address ( 1 grunts – 10 Always calls me ‘Sir’)
- Door ( 1 No exit strategy – 10 Opens the door to show me out)
The score is turned into a percentage and is used to determine the tip which must always be in cash and placed in the hand of my waiter as a sign of appreciation and respect.
Nothing exists before you start; there is an empty hole in cyber space which is just about to be filled with thoughts in the form of words or images. Before you start there is a void which appears somewhere between your ears. Here is complete and utter stillness with no thoughts or self talk, a blankness which can only usually be achieved through years of meditative practice. This is a starting point where creativity will shape that which is going to happen.