Mistakes and losses

I read today that it “is no coincidence that Einstein, who made the most discoveries, also made the greatest number of mistakes”. Elsewhere, Neil Pasricha has written this as “lose more to win more”. Time and again, successful folks pass on the message that there is no straightforward road to success. We must be open to failure, course correction, and new information. Humility helps. Courage … Continue reading Mistakes and losses

It’s a kind of magic

Today has been a great day. Nothing particularly magical happened, but I felt the magic of human connection very deeply. Across time, too – driving along to Queen’s greatest hits and thinking of my Dad when he was the age I am now. His singing was never magic, but his air drumming was convincing! Nothing is materially different, but gratitude and companionship lent today a … Continue reading It’s a kind of magic

Honest mistakes

The more I’ve read about great people accomplishing great things, in their own words where possible, the clearer it is that they’ve made their share of mistakes. Not big political divide style mistakes where ideology is the judge of what’s right and wrong. Personally recognised mistakes, that honest self-accounting has shown up. It’s liberating for me, learning of these. If we show up wanting to … Continue reading Honest mistakes

Exploring or mining

I’m enjoying another great book about organisational leadership – Turn the Ship Around. Increasingly, I’m conscious that reading alone takes you only so far. You have to act on what you learn, to spend time with the lessons and thinking how you want to apply them to situation you want to influence. Reading and absorbing is a help, to really extract value you have to … Continue reading Exploring or mining

Shouldn’t be, but is – now what

Bob McKinnon’s weekly blog spoke to me directly today, posting about Frustration. He quotes an article from Psychology Today – “The majority of anger and frustration in life, no matter what the situation, has at its basis one simple thought: It shouldn’t be this way.” But, it is this way. The article offers tips on what to do when you can although sometimes there isn’t much … Continue reading Shouldn’t be, but is – now what