Lessons learned: 2014

At this time of year, when all is festive lights, carol singing and weather warnings, it’s hard to avoid the “this time last year…” thoughts. For quite some time I have resisted spending too much energy looking back, but sometimes it is a great exercise to think about what has been learned from past experience. I… read more

More than meets the eye

Once there was a family man, who eked out a living in Kentucky as a chicken catcher. I’m not sure how much call there is for folk to catch chickens in Kentucky, but he seemed to do all right. He spoke with a distinctive southern accent and he looked, well, he looked a little unkempt in his… read more

Changing Seasons

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness! Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd and plump the hazel shells With… read more

Go big or go home

Have you ever learned a significant lesson from an apparently casual conversation? This year I have had the immense privilege of working with a group of young people developing leadership skills. They are very talented folk and it’s been a joy to watch them developing their skills and growing in confidence through the year; and… read more

Outside Garfunkels?

Recently I was sitting in a branch of Pret a Manger on the Strand in London. It wasn’t busy, so despite the fact I was engrossed in the book I was reading I couldn’t help overhearing one side of a telephone conversation, the speaker sitting at a table near me, by the window. “Well, how… read more