Tom McCallum
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#OpenLeadership is the secret to linking the new way of thinking about vision, strategy and leadership to deliver on strategy over time.

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Richie Porte supported Chris Froome to win the 2013 Tour de France (see video)

Professional road stage cycling is unique in that it is a team sport in which the glory goes to one individual, to a lesser exten to the team, then the other team riders are often forgotten by all other than the true cognoscenti. In 2013 Chris Froome (in the “maillot jaune” above, the yellow race leader’s jersey) won the Tour de France, yet critical to him succeeding, to him reaching his full potential, to (literally) climbing mountains, was the selfless presence supporting him of Richie Porte, riding just ahead of Froome in the photo. …

Stoicism is an increasingly well-known philosophy dating back to ancient Rome (and Greece) and such key figures as Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus.

stoicism
stoicism

As we move nearly a year into the pandemic, and particularly here in Britain, we hear of people saying all kinds of phrases to reassure themselves and others to keep going. One word, in particular, has been regularly used, and with a totally different meaning to how it originated, and that is the word stoic.

One will often hear of Brits saying and exhorting others to be “stoic” at times of crisis, yet stoicism ≠ Stoicism. Stoicism is…

Write to discover your thoughts
Write to discover your thoughts
Exoskeleton to give strength, from the movie Elysium

I am often asked what my processes/systems/habits for writing daily are, most recently by Rick Carabba of Brainbank, so this is for you, Rick, as my reply explained that, well, I don’t know what my process is, as per this email reply:

When I started writing daily, I remembered the concept that it takes 30 days to start a habit… by the time I got to 100 days in a row, when people asked me how I do it, I simply said “I’m a writer, I write”. Over 1300 days in a row now.. so any process I have I…

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“The Old Guard” (Photo courtesy of Netflix © 2020 )

I’ve flowed on a theme in recent days, from “Don’t be bland if you want to be remembered” to “Weirdness is a Superpower” and now “Only Connect”.

Taken as a piece, these three posts are about both choosing to stand out, choosing to stand for something and then choosing to be abundant in giving to others.

I love to connect with people, then to connect them to others. In both cases I like those connections to be meaningful, so when I “click” with someone I like to build depth in that connection and relationship (and this also makes it so…

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Yoda, Ed Percival. The master of Weird. #BeMoreYou #BeMoreWeird

Yesterday I wrote: “Don’t be bland if you want to be remembered”, moving from talking about “Blands” (vs “Brands”) to focussing on your Eulogy vs Resumé virtues. Later, I saw a tweet:

Indeed, and I replied: My late mentor #EdPercival used to say “where I come from weird is a high form of praise.” Don’t be bland.

Ed Percival has been the greatest mentor in my life so far (see this post). I also mused in another post on: “Ed Percival and his Cayman legacy”, and in that second post, I told my story of meeting Ed and the…

I want to work with companies that have Eulogy Virtues, that will truly be remembered and missed, rather than bland. What will you be remembered for?

Don't be bland if you want to be remembered
Don't be bland if you want to be remembered
“Blands”, not Brands

This week two clients messaged me, both thank me for the difference I had made for them personally, nothing to do with their business. When this happens it means the world to me. Beyond words, really. Whatever I do with my skills and experience to help them and their business now and in the future, I believe they will remember me more for who I was for them as a human being.

What will…

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Yesterday I went on a wonderful walk with my friend Justine Clement, founder of “Forest Bathing — Made in Britain” a hugely valuable break and shift during my week. I took the picture above in an ancient woodland, Notice the many thousands of snowdrops and other similar plants that have suddenly sprung up in the three days since the snow and ice thawed.

Yesterday I also wrote “Growing one day at a time”, commenting “We can grow one day at a time and it can be in small increments, repeated and built upon over time.”

As time moves forwards, one…

Growing one day at a time
Growing one day at a time
How many differences can you see?

Take a look at these two weather screens for consecutive days. This isn’t really a “spot the difference” quiz, but take a look at the smallest text there and note the difference in the sunrise and sunset times. In just one day the sunrise is two minutes earlier and the sunset two minutes later.

That may not seem very much, but that means that, over the half year from the shortest to the longest day, daylight hours increase by a massive 12 hours, from under 7 hours at the winter solstice to 19 hours at the summer solstice.

With the…

Wabi Sabi: Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, nothing is perfect, and therein lies its beauty.
Wabi Sabi: Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, nothing is perfect, and therein lies its beauty.
Courtesy Sketchplanations, words from Wabi Sabi Simple

An episode from a BBC radio series “The Death of Nuance” starts out with a list of “untranslatable” words, reminding me how much I love words from other languages with deep meanings lost in translation into English. I wrote a piece on this some time ago that pulls together links from many such pieces I’ve written. You can enjoy perusing them at: “Beautiful words bring dimensions of meaning

One such word is “Wabi Sabi”, that I wrote of in “Funerals and Wabi-Sabi”, musing on one element of the meaning of the term, around the acceptance of life and death.

I…

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