When I look for inspiration for how to start a blog post it’s amazing how many times I come back to one of the many sayings my family have used over the years. I imagine my family is not untypical, I don’t think we are the Munsters or anything weird.
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This blog is my continued consideration of the opportunities and consequences of overlapping professional and personal identities. I work; I play. I am one person doing many things that then cross into other parts of my life. I life leak, who doesn’t? and sometimes it can appear confusing.
When I write here it’s ‘personal me’ commenting on how my work life and personal life clash or complement each other. I don’t specifically comment on the detail or content of my work here or on my Twitter account.
When I write for work I try and open discussion on various issues to see what people think and encourage conversation. The context there is ‘professional me’; on behalf of my employer, but with the nuances of me as an individual. Last week ‘professional me’ asked a question to see if people thought Leeds was or could be a more sociable city. Interestingly, it led to a discussion elsewhere which included the suggestion there is “inherent tension between you [me] as a person and you [me] as a representative of a (perceived) powerful organisation.” Now I had to follow that up. Continue reading
Once upon a time….we knew nothing about anything. Then as we grew up, we were told stories that explained our culture, taught us about where we lived and how we should be. They included numbers and letters; Three Little Pigs; The Ugly Duckling; The Emperor’s New Clothes. We wanted them reading to us again and again even though we knew what happened in the end. We came to understand the morals of the tales which would help us in later life. We bonded with the people who told us the stories. And we learned to use numbers and letters to tell our own tales.
We learned, because people we trusted explained things to us in a way that meant something; we were involved in the process of storytelling. Continue reading
I’ve recently been fortunate enough to travel to Australia. Whilst it’s a fabulous place, more here, something happened whilst I was there that really made me think about stuff and how I sometimes view things.
At some time on my hols, or just after I return, I usually think about where I fit into the scheme of things, what I like doing; what I don’t; what I need to do to be a better father/husband/friend/manager/employee etc and what I’m going to do about it….you know; new year stuff, but a bit earlier.
So what was this something that got me thinking? Continue reading
Somewhat odd that it takes travelling half way round the world to learn more about your home and yourself but sometimes doing stuff out of the ordinary makes you see and appreciate the obvious. Continue reading
Funny how it sometimes takes not being at work to see things more clearly, I really should be off more often. Surrounding my holiday, I recently read a couple of really thought provoking blog posts which got my blogging juices flowing again, ending up with penning my thoughts at 4.38 in the morning to make sense of it all.
But then that’s what I do on this blog…share my thinking in public; so all counter thoughts or re-aligning of them are welcome. This is work in progress. Continue reading
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