The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence – it is to act with yesterday’s logic - Peter Drucker

Person Centred - It's in how we write too



To let new learning in, you have to let some of the old stuff go. An unsettling experience even though the old ways may no longer be serving you well. 

This was last week. I was in Spain (Sierra de Aracena) for the second in a series of three Creative Writing for Business programmes offered by Dark Angels. My introduction to the Dark Angels' approach was the Foundation programme in Inverness-shire last October (2013).

An immersion in Aracena business life inspires a different way of looking at how we communicate through the written word. Along with two others from the group, I was privileged to spend time with a local sculptor - Alberto Germán Franco. We learned about his work and philosophy on life. Despite the recognition he receives for his sculptures, Alberto showed profound humility. It was an inspiring experience. 

Working together we processed, negotiated and captured the essence of our experiences in a written piece. Alberto was invited to a reception where we read our collective words in return for sharing his time. The experience made us deeply conscious of the writing we do in relation to our work. But of course that's the whole point.

How often do we think so deeply about how we write in a work context? I'm thinking particularly about health and social care services where most of my public service experience was based. Elspeth Murray's poem 'This is Bad Enough' captures with cringing clarity just what happens when we get it wrong.

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Leading Improvement: Words that Transform


Carpe Diem

Feeling particularly energised during a conversation with a client yesterday, the words Carpe Diem (seize the day) popped into my mind. Simple words. But put them together and they create something bold and confident. They inspire and uplift. Amazing how words can do that.  

Written almost 2000 years ago by the Latin poet, Horace, the Carpe Diem line in its full expression, includes quam minimum credula postero – ‘put little trust in tomorrow'. It's about taking action for the future today because 'the present' is all we can be sure of. Adding my own interpretation, it represents having the presence of mind to act, to 'catch the wave' because the opportunity - these set of circumstances - may never come again. Just thinking about the words evokes feelings of optimism. I literally straighten my back!

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Guest — Neil Pettinger
Your interpretation (in your second paragraph) of Horace's meaning brings to mind Brutus in Julius Caesar (Act 4 Scene 3): There ... Read More
Sunday, 20 July 2014 11:58

When Sally met Henning: Bringing Dementia into our Social Consciousness


Where memories goThe Trobled Man

 Last night Sally Magnussen met Henning Mankell and in doing so brought the topic of dementia into our collective social consciousness. They didn't actually meet in person. At least not as far as I know, but they came together as part of my Saturday night viewing, and I cried during both shows. 

The first was watching Sally read extracts from her deeply moving book - 'Where Memories Go' - at The Borders Book Festival in Melrose. The second was a couple of hours later when I watched  Krister Henriksson play the iconic Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander on TV who had just received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease (9pm BBC4).

Sally, the daughter of the esteemed (late) Journalist and TV presenter Magnus Magnussen,

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Guest — John Simmons
Thanks, Eileen, a great blog. I watched Wallander on Saturday night too. Was moved to tears, it was so well done.
Monday, 16 June 2014 09:11
Guest — Eileen Moir
Thanks for your feedback John. Much appreciated. Yes, it was TV at its best. The closing scene was so powerful. I hope it will h... Read More
Monday, 16 June 2014 10:38

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