Hindsight

Just a Friday thought… Isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing? The day I tapped a partition wall with a hammer to find out if the plaster was sound.  It wasn’t.  One minute, beautiful bedroom, next two tons of dust. Pouring petrol on a smouldering bonfire – the result, a small explosion and no eyebrows. Nudging a small, immaculately dressed son as …

Freedom of speech in the workplace?

Nearly 3000 years ago, the Greek philosopher Homer wrote in ‘The Iliad’ that ‘to speak his thoughts is every freeman’s right’.   Now established in English case law since 1999 is that freedom of speech could not be limited to the inoffensive but extended also to ‘the irritating, the contentious, the eccentric, the heretical, the unwelcome, and the provocative, as long …

‘I Thank You’

A great story from my friend Mark Greenop. As a child growing up in the Cumbrian coastal town of Workington he was often dispatched to the local grocery store for bread, cheese and the like.  The shop was run by a kindly lady called Amy Daglish who gave 24 hour service, 365 days a year.  This was remarkable because she …

Lessons from the ‘No-Work’ Garden

It’s Friday.  Antics from the garden this week. I came across an amazing book which has, on the one hand, revolutionised my life and on the other has given my family, friends, colleagues and neighbours hours of amusement at my expense.  It is called ‘The no-work garden’ by Bob Flowerdew, a well known gardening broadcaster.  I was particularly attracted by …

The ‘hard of hearing’ leader

I don’t want to make excuses but when you lead an organisation it is so hard to ‘hear’ the important information that gets sent your way.  Some people get hundreds of e mails, with everyone in the organisation adding you to a ‘cc’ list often to cover their backs rather than taking responsibility for their own actions.  Then there’s the …

The Art of Appreciation

Welcome to another eclectic Friday blog where I can write about more unusual ideas. Whilst I am interested, like many people, in a good cup of tea, this is actually about the appreciation of art.  One aspect of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, as developed and refined over the centuries, was the selection of pieces of art presented by tea-masters to …

The Waiting Game

The Friday Blog is an eclectic mix of interesting ideas with no particular theme and is intended as a bit of fun. Waiters (a cover all descriptor for anyone serving table at a restaurant).  The concept that waiters should not be noticed takes away one of the best parts of any dining experience.  I have to confess at this point …

Nothing like a good metaphor…

I just love writing a blog! 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 …

Why are the antics?

Interesting ideas come from unlikely sources.  Like an exploding shed. Some people will never ‘get’ our ‘Antics series’ of blogs.    Rikyu, the most celebrated Japanese Tea Master ( there you go) was said to have chosen the art to be appreciated at his tea ceremonies such that only one in a thousand would truly understand it.  While I could …