60 minute toilet check

What a reassurance, ‘these toilets are checked every 60 minutes’.  What a relief! After all, the form has been signed or this timer has been reset.  I can enter at my convenience in the knowledge that everything has been checked. Which begs the question, what exactly does a check entail? As I stood outside one of these ‘checked’ facilities at …

Follow the Leader (Make that change)

In the days when Health and Safety allowed kids to race about unsupervised, climb and jump, we played a game called ’follow the leader’.  One person was selected as the leader, the rest follow and copied their actions.  Some were brilliant leaders; they challenged us to push our limits, encouraging us to try something new, different and daring. I was …

That Brilliant Conference

What makes a Conference brilliant?  I’ve lost count of the number of Conferences I’ve attended.  Very few as a delegate I have to admit, most have been as a presenter or organiser which gives a different perspective on the event. For whatever reason I am there, I always stay for the whole event, even though some of these worlds have …

Wassail!

Our season’s greeting, here’s to your good health. It’s actually a bit early for traditional wassailing which usually happens in orchards around the country, on 12th night. Seeing as this could be 5th January or 17th January depending on which calendar you are currently using I thought l’d usurp the sentiment and adopt it as our Christmas greeting. There you …

Lessons from Commedia dell ’Arte

Prologue: ‘What a meeting that was, the two of them sparring like two male buffalos.  She just sat there smiling smugly, chirruping away, playing one off against the other.  She got her comeuppance in the end; when they found she hadn’t sorted-out the finance team.  Well the rest of us could see it coming from a mile away.  Jealousy, intrigue, …

The ‘Gone Fishing’ Mindset

Driven as I am by the desire to work hard to get to the next level, I am particularly struck by the fact that for some reason there are people, even in the present economic climate, who don’t share my passion.  It seems that many are still inclined to hang the sign on the door which reads ‘Gone Fishing’.  This …

An Angry Man

I know this is a bit perverse but don’t you think angry people are quite amusing?  Some people are able to get steamed up very easily; I saw one ranting away in the supermarket car park about a wonky trolley wheel.  The poor assistant was at first apologetic, then bemused and flustered, eventually calling for security.  As one of the …

Custodians of the Rules

The rule makers If you’ve ever observed kids at play, before too long they start to make up rules. It’s in our nature to control our cultural environment to make it more manageable.  When you use your adult experience to judge these ‘play’ rules they often seem arbitrary, unnecessary and limiting.  To the children they are real, important and they …

Paavo Nurmi: The ‘Flying Finn’

If I were to ask you to name famous Finns, you might struggle.  However, there are few more accomplished performers or greater Paradigmeers than Finnish Olympian Paavo Nurmi.  Born in Turku, Finland in 1897, Nurmi was known as one of the famous “Flying Finns.” During the 1920s, he was recognized as the greatest middle and long distance runner in the …

Things that make you go Wow or Whoa: Part 1

Let’s forget the ‘ow!’, ‘oooh!’ ‘and ‘nooo!’ because it’s always quite obvious what is causing you to make these exclamations. They are usually a sign that whatever it was has disappointed in some way is causing you mental anguish or physical pain.  More interesting to those of us who are fascinated by how we might get to the next level …