…plan plan plan, talk, worry, plan, plan, decide. Rush, hurry, meet, talk, talk talk, check. Plan plan, rush, decide, talk talk, micro-plan, check, worry, doubt, talk talk rush rush hurry hurry decide doubt check, check, check, talk plan, mini-plan, anticipate, confirm, talk, talk, hurry, worry, hurry talk talk talk talk.
l like the idea of thinking of people as oceans rather than objects. Whilst it is neat and tidy to identify people as objects, we are more complex than that. Context shapes who we are far more than we realise and in some ways, we blur into each other (something I have written about before). There are various aspects of the oceans metaphor I like.
At the beginning of September my two elder sons went away to school, leaving Pablo, the youngest, living alone at home with his parents. He is, as they say 'a different person'. We see it ourselves and others comment upon it. With no competition for attention, or food, or time on the Play Station, Pablo has indeed become different.
In an interview last year, I was asked why we use the arts and humanities so much on the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme. To me, the question revealed a couple of assumptions. First, that the most important knowledge is proto-scientific, technical and in the main, rational.
Years ago a friend, who is an artist, did a very simple line drawing portrait of me.
A few years later another, who is an engineer turned it into a wood block. I was amazed at his ingenuity. ‘I have made a few improvements though’ he said. ‘Your glasses weren’t drawn straight, so I levelled them out’.
Over the past couple of months I have started to realise how long it can take for me to learn. Sometimes, years after an event I am still learning. For example, even now, two years on from The Creative Tapas Experiment I am still getting ideas from it – both through reflection and through conversation with other people who were there.
I have been running one person 'Parenthesis' retreats here in Spain for a couple of years now. This year, working with Hilary Gallo we are adding a new, small group format. We are going to be running the first one as a kind of beta-test at the end of June this year.