The title of this post is taken from a TV series that ran for nearly 20 years. Called Stars In Their Eyes, it involved members of the public, sometimes celebrities, impersonating famous people from the music industry by singing one of their songs. At the beginning of each impersonation you got to see the person going about their own life and giving clues about who they were going to impersonate. Just before their transformation into the pop star, they would introduce themselves by saying the words, “Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be [insert pop star's name].”
I’ve no desires to be a pop star or impersonate others but this week has been helpful in better understanding the need to define the difference between me as Phil from Moortown and as Phil from the council. Continue reading
In 2013 I was fortunate enough to travel to Australia. Whilst it’s a fabulous place, more here, something happened there that really made me think about stuff and how I sometimes view things.
I like a coffee every now and then, perhaps more now than then, but stay with me on this. It was late in the afternoon and the sun was just starting to sink. We’d been doing the sights in Sydney and decided to have a drink in one of the quayside bars. The tables had sun shades and we chose a table; part inside and part out as it was cooling down. I’d picked a seat that was in the shade but that would be in the sun shortly. Continue reading
I made the decision to spend holiday time with friends and family over Christmas and that meant less time online. Time with them is precious and it’s too easy to neglect loved ones for work related things. I did however spend time reflecting on 2013 and contemplating what 2014 would bring.
2013 was a busy year with plenty of changes at work and home and much learnt. Some of the things I realised were:
- most of the time I talk sense and make informed decisions;
- the rest of the time I need to listen to others as we’re never too old to learn new skills or to try and see things differently;
- 0thers rely on me more than I thought;
- I therefore need to keep myself fit in body and mind to be effective;
- if we think we have been through a lot of recent changes in how we live and work then it is nothing to what is yet to come.
Crucially, I’ve realised all the above rely on the success of the second and fourth points. If we are over committed, stressed, aren’t fit or able to continue to learn we will be less effective. Listening, learning, contributing to, sharing and developing what others are doing can be creative ways of problem solving. It’s basic stuff but sometimes overlooked as we go about the daily grind..
So some things I’ve recently read that I want to share and highlight as I think they will become mainstream for me and hopefully others too in 2014. I hope you find them useful. Continue reading
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