Sitting behind the Column

20ca56e77d52b3a99263ee55fd7d0e7aFor the last few weeks I have been sitting in the pews at church that are behind a column. This means that you can hear everything, but not see everything that is going on. This lack of use of all the senses does cut down on the situational awareness of what is going on. It is harder to focus on the Mass as it is easier to be distracted.

It got me thinking about the way we work with people. Are there parts of the puzzle that I am hiding from them? Is there sensitive information that I do not share? Is there just not time to share everything? Do I limit what emails I pass on to my team?

Yes, there can be good reasons for confidentiality and privacy so that we do not share everything with our teams. However I would encourage you to review what you hold back and evaluate if it really needs to be held back from the team. My guess is that we should share more rather than less with our teams.

But why would I say this? With more shared with the teams they will have the full picture. Rather than sitting behind a column and have most of their view blocked they will be able to have a greater understanding of the situation. Yes, you can outline your priorities and understanding of the situation as you pass on the information. Just make sure that your team is not disadvantaged through not having all the information.

 

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Turning a Downed Tree by nature into Mulch

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”

IMG_20150830_160829Earlier this week I had the storms blow over one of the larger trees in my front yard. No real damage except the tree thankfully. So on the weekend I thought I had better start cleaning up the mess. With the assistance of some of my children we started to cut up the tree and mulch it up for the garden beds.

What a gift. Nature has blown over a tree that I was not sure what to do with and the garden beds needed more mulch. Perfect solution. It is funny how life will often send us opportunities, though not always looking like opportunities at the time, and we can choose to make the most of them. When things happen it is often good to take a step back and look at two things. What is negative consequence of the event and what are the opportunities of the event.

With the negative consequences we want to ensure that we mitigate the intolerable downside. While at the same time we want to take advantage of the upside and opportunities. Life is like that. Events happen and quite often it is up to us to interpret. When life gives you a lemon, make lemonade.

  • When is the last time you were handed a lemon?
  • What was the mitigations for the downside that you put in place?
  • What was the opportunities that came from this event?

 

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The Tale of Three Bologneses

65f57548ab46110fc684a897b516ad9eI have conducted an experiment this week with bolognese. I cooked dinner for the children most nights and on three of the nights I cooked pasta with bolognese. But there is a twist…. One day I cooked with beef mince, the next I cooked with pork mince and the third I cooked with chicken mince.

I have always cooked my bolognese with beef mince previously so I was curious about what the children would think of the other two. All in all the children enjoyed all three. Overall the preference is beef, but all were good. One of my daughters even preferred the chicken bolognese.

After cooking many bologneses over the years and always using beef, it was interesting to break the habit and try something new. Though when doing it at the time I was uncertain how it would turn out, I must admit that I was very happy with the results.

  • What habit do you have that needs breaking?
  • What is something that you could experiment with?
  • What is something outside your comfort zone that is worth exploring?

 

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Canberra is Beautiful

08a2720feadec43622e41e72d6572af5Canberra is where I live. It is the capital city of Australia, though many overseas think it is Sydney or Melbourne. It is a bush capital with plenty of reserves and nature areas throughout the city. Though a small city we are growing.

Many look at Canberra as a full of politicians and public servants. They see Canberra as a dull and boring place. Yes, it gets cold in winter and hot in summer, though I think it is a beautiful place to bring up children. Everything is so close and the traffic is easy.

As for not much to do, there is plenty. There is of course the big things Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, Questacon, the arboretum, Stromlo Forest Park ….. and there is also other things like nature walks and Cockington Green. There is many many things to do in Canberra. Plus we are close to the Snowy Mountains and that that brings.

I think that Canberra is a great place to live for lifestyle or to visit. Whether you are looking for children friendly activities, outdoor adventure or wineries Canberra is beautiful.

 

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Systems equal Freedom

As I am getting to the end of the audit for ISO9001 certification for an organisation I am working for, I am am impressed with the way that the organisation has embedded the Quality Management Systems. The embedding of the systems has made the process much simpler and easier.

Coming from a business background I have always seen systems as a way to ensure that things get done without consistent direct involvement. A good system will enable the processes of a business to run efficiently and provide some control measures for quality.

Without systems you will see management and staff running around constantly dealing with the same issues over and over again. So I believe that good systems will reduce the time and effort required to maintain a process. Yes, there will be a time and effort investment into the development of the system, however it will reduce the long term cost.

As I am being audited, I can see that the systems implemented to date will save time and effort in the future, have provided management with better decision making information and have made the whole process of being audited much easier.

 

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Are you Real and Authentic?

c219bb760746ce4c317d73d4780b1d6dI am normally a happy, upbeat and optimistic type of person. To most people I seem happy all the time. And honestly mostly I am. There was several months at the start of this year where I was not my normal self. I was down, lost my mojo, felt weak and without energy. During this time I ask for and received help. And now I am back to my normal me.

During this downtime I received some advice not to tell anyone and hide it. I was advised that if I shared my experience it would impact on career and the way senior people in an organisation would view you. It would also impact on the way people in junior roles would view you too. The advice I received was that sharing the experience was not a good thing.

I was thinking about the advice I received and being the rebel I am I am going to go against it. I am going to do this for two reasons. The first is that by sharing the experience all the way through to getting help and getting back on my feet can assist others having similar experiences. I would rather be real and authentic and help others than be selfish and worry about my career.

The second reason is that if people do not like me because of my experiences then stuff them…. I do not need them to give their approval. I would rather be real and authentic. If senior people in an organisation do not like this about me, then they can lose my services, I am worth far more to them than they are to me.

When sharing about yourself, there is way to this. It is about being real and authentic in order to help others. It is not about getting special concessions from others. Yes some people will lose respect for you and it may be a career limiting move. But I believe that being real and authentic is the best way to help others and live with yourself.

Are you real and authentic?

Has being real and authentic affected your career?

Through being real and authentic how have you helped others?

 

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Half Full or Half Empty

DSC_0792There is a lot of talk about the way we talk. Do we view a glass of water as half full or half empty? Both are factually correct, however the way we say it will have a lot to do with the way we see the world. Some will see a positive side to things, while others will play more the devil’s advocate. Both views are important when planning and running projects and programs.

Yesterday afternoon a little bit of a storm came through near where I live and one of the trees in our front yard came down. My wife called to tell me and she was more on the glass half empty side of the fence. Meanwhile I was all excited as a tree had not come down before on a property I lived at. I could not wait to see it.

My daughter, who I picked up from music lessons on the way home thought I was nuts. I was talking about the fallen tree and could not wait to see it. I was hoping it fell across the driveway and I would have to plan some cool action to clear the way to the house. On arriving home I took some photos and was still bouncing with excitement.

I must admit that I knew no one was hurt and the locations of the trees in the yard would have meant no property damage. In the end the tree has not blocked anything and I will clear it up on the weekend. However even now I am thinking like “I was not sure if I wanted to keep that tree and now I know it is to go”….. Glass half full.

That said it is important for me to ensure that I do not become overly optimistic and have a balance in my outlook. For me that is having other people around that can give me the glass half empty story to ensure that I have not missed anything in my optimistic planning and outlook.

  • Are you a glass half full or half empty type of person?
  • How do you ensure that you balance this out for a balanced outlook?
  • What can you do to ensure a more balanced outlook moving forward?

 

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Celebrate Each Day

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  • How often have you been so busy that you forgot to enjoy the moment?
  • How often have you missed the beauty in the present?
  • How often have you prioritised the wrong things in your life?

I know for myself I have often prioritised work that really did not matter over the family. I know that I have often been so busy with tasks that I missed the beauty around me. It can be hard to balance purposeful and meaningful pursuits with family and enjoying the moment. This is one of the challenges in life.

It may be that we swing between things, it may mean that we operate at a different pace to what we can….. However whatever the solution for you, remember to celebrate each day. Each day is an opportunity for you to see beauty in the world and make a difference.

It may be small things that bring beauty like the flower above…. The flower has push through the fence to smile at me and my family. the flower brings beauty into the lives of my family and though it does so for a short period of time, it is something that we need to stop, enjoy and celebrate.

  • What beauty do you see in the world today?
  • What purposeful and meaningful pursuit are you going to do today?
  • How are you going to celebrate the beauty and purpose of today?

 

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Worrying about being Popular

11830a20a5a121630669f401cb2c79d6When I was in school there was the cool kids and the not cool kids….. Most children were somewhere in between. From what I can tell from my children not much has changed. These groups seem to just exist. It must be human nature as I see this too with adults. Groups form and people think they are cool or perhaps others think they are not.

I think there are three groups of people when it comes to being popular:

  1. Those that are popular
  2. Those that are not popular
  3. And those that do not care

It has intrigued me how being popular is something that people care about. Maybe I am strange, but I just want to have my world the way I want to be. Being popular for the sake of it, just seems like a waste of time. In my opinion most people are insecure in themselves and hence need the approval of others. With a good level of self worth what does it matter what other’s think? Be free to make decisions for yourself.

A few years ago when I was a Venturer Leader in Scouts, I was with a bunch of teanagers in Europe and I was going for a run most mornings. I was not very fashionable….. White runners, green socks, red shorts, orange t-shirt and blue hat. Not cool at all. I had one of the teanagers say to me that I would not be cool if I wore that. I replied with a “okay, I do not need to be cool”. To which the teenager responded “That is so cool, you are so cool”.

Isn’t it funny how by not being cool, I was cool…… Go figure…. I was not trying or wanting to be cool, but it seemed to be cool to make decisions my way.

  • What group do you fall in?
  • What have you only done to seek the approval of other?
  • What decision are you going to make today for you and not for the approval of others?

 

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Support the Canberra Community Sleepout

CatW-Vinnes-sleepout-logo-oncard-01For the third year in a row I am involved in the organising of the Canberra Community Sleepout. From humble beginnings three years ago the Canberra Community Sleepout is growing and becoming an event that many in the community look forward to. As a partnership between Communities@Work and St Vincent de Paul Canberra/Goulburn the event raises funds and awareness about homelessness, particularly in the Canberra Region.

When talking homelessness most people think about the people sleeping rough on the street, but it is far more than that. It is about the people and families that are experiencing housing stress due to the high cost of housing and rents, it is the people sleeping in cars and it is the people that have no permanent home and sleep at friends and family member’s homes, also known as couch surfing.

What causes homelessness? I am no expert on homelessness, but there are many causes… One this year that we are focusing on is family abuse. Just imagine, what would you do it you had an abusive partner, but the cost of housing prevented you from taking you and your children to a safe home. Abuse is not just physical either….. Abuse could be emotional, sexual or even financial to name a few.

Then there are those people that say that Canberra is a wealthy city, surely there can not be homelessness in Canberra. Wealth is a double edged sword. It is good for most, however the wealth of the city also leads to a higher cost of living and in particular housing. So if you are on a below average income, lose your job or have any number of other challenges the cost of housing in Canberra can cause homelessness faster than in most places.

On the 16 October 2015, I will be sleeping out as part of the Canberra Community Sleepout. So far two of my daughters will be joining me. If you are local you can register and join us in Sleeping out. Otherwise, I would encourage you to sponsor our efforts and together lets fight homelessness. My sponsorship page is http://sleepout.org.au/my-fundraising/2118/canberra-community-sleep-out.

  • Are you going to register and sleepout?
  • Are you going to sponsor our efforts?
  • Are you going to promote the cause to others?

 

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