My parents continue to teach me

My mum has recently been diagnosed with a life threatening illness and yet she remains the strongest and bravest member of our family.
My mum and my dad have been together for 57 years and their love is as strong today is it ever was.

My older brother shows strength, patience and caring like I’ve never experienced before and all of this is teaching me so much (he’s always all of these things, but I’m witnessing it for myself at an important life moment).

We are not a Walton-esque family by any means. We all lead fairly independent lives and I live a distance away, but we are a family that cares for and about each other.

My parents can be trying (more so as they have aged) because I’ve not been as patient as I could or should be. This I have learnt in the last few days and I’m grateful for the lesson.

When horrible things happen, I firmly believe that there must be something positive to take from it and in this case I’m still learning to be a better person – with the help of my family and friends I’m a better man today than I was yesterday – or at least this is my hope.

Invisible, Everywhere, Unlimited 

ipassomIpass – It’s really rather simple and very good at keeping you always connected.

I witnessed the alternative reality for myself just this afternoon. A simple presentation in a well known coffee establishment with Free Wi-Fi. And we all know that Free isn’t really free – right?

After attempting to log into the free WiFi with credentials that were…..Let’s tell it as it is….forgotten! The aforementioned presenter used a different email address and created a new account. (That’s another set of intell in the public domain). All seemed OK until I asked how secure the connection was…..hmmm – well he hadn’t considered that!

So onto the “demo” – All started really well…..at least until he opened another web page and he was asked for his log in credentials again (big sigh).  Ipass auto connects with invisible credentials to around 50 million hotspots globally with all you can eat data – no limits.

Out of office is dead – surely!

  
Mobility is nothing new. In fact email on the go has been a part of our lives since the late ‘90s and is now considered to be table stakes – it’s seen as a “given” and we’ve marched ahead with many new services available on the move.  
This ability to work from anywhere is of course predicated on the fact that you remain always on and connected.

It does therefore surprise the writer that there are still people using their out of office assistant to claim they are unavailable because they are not at their desk. Anything for a peaceful life eh?

I’m the first to accept that typing on the phone keyboard isn’t easy, and auto correct can prove embarrassing, but to have the technology and power that a modern smartphone provides and to claim isolation is rather poor at best.

Does an ooo have a place? Yes it does. Holidays are to be encouraged and switching off for some personal downtime is a must. Letting people know that you are traveling can also be helpful as driving and accessing your device is to be discouraged.

Common sense and good practice are live and well, and good judgment is still with us. Technology is still very much under our control and Skynet remains just a concern.

Created and posted whilst on the move from my iPhone – apologies for any typos

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I’ve been pondering the very question as I have been reading job boards and job adverts. There is little that I see showing any kind of innovation to attract talent to their business – most jobs appear generic – identical, and with a different employer name or agency at the header. It appears that you need to be able to demonstrate success as measured by achievement against target and have done pretty much the same job before at a different company to be considered. Many ask for graduate level education too, but I’ve yet to see a job advert that distills the requirements down to attitude, behaviours and intelligence. Show me someone with a great attitude and the will to do well, with good advocacy, core intellect and communication skills and I contend that they will offer you the raw material on which to build a stand-out candidate for your business.

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No Man is an island

I recently heard this read on the radio and in light of the Rugby World cup currently in play and the obvious parallels with team performance  I thought I’d post it here to share for those who may also appreciate its sentiment or  indeed the poem.

No man is an island, 

Entire of itself, 

Every man is a piece of the continent, 

A part of the main. 

If a clod be washed away by the sea, 

Europe is the less. 

As well as if a promontory were. 

As well as if a manor of thy friend’s 

Or of thine own were: 

Any man’s death diminishes me, 

Because I am involved in mankind, 

And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; 

It tolls for thee.
by John Donne

Know, like and trust

In my experience, in business, people do business with people that they know, like and trust. This is invariably a position that is arrived at because they have met, and invested time together to reach this understanding. Increasingly we rely on our friends and close contacts and connections to advocate us to others, and others to us, in order for dialogue to begin. I really do not believe that traditional “cold calling” works in the way that it used to, and certainly not consistently.

It can work, however and does have its place I believe, but advocacy and social networking are rapidly becoming the new normal as far as door openers to new business opportunities are concerned. IMHO, this is probably a more globally acceptable way to prospect too.

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