GemBook May 8th

Explore the world of Labyrinths – very calming and cleansing Why is there no ‘Old Adult’ litereature? When there is ‘Young Adult’ literature. Check out SSRN for research trends and interests NowCasting v ForeCasting – eg earthquakes can’t be predicted, by can be diagnosed as imminent with warning signals. “I’m so far in it would take as much time to turn back.” – Morgan Check out Bookplates. One-off creators (Picasso, Dylan) v Iterative artists (Cezanne, Cohen) Live adventurously. Try micro-adventures. Walk the doorstep mile.

GemBook May 1st

A few gems from my week at end of April “Cherish, conserve, consider, create.” – Lou Harrison Some curious elders – Iggy Pop, Palu McCartney, Rolling Stones “The older I get,The less I feelThe needTo be includedUnderstoodOr accepted.” “Introverts are capable of acting like extroverts for the sake of work they consider important, people they love, or anything they value highly.” In learning, look at tasks, not topics. “If I’d asked the people what they wanted I would have built a faster horse.” – Henry Ford Dress better than the audience. “I think communication is so firsbern.” – Steve Martin

Fly the Feedback Flag

Would you take feedback from someone you don’t respect? Probably not. Just like you wouldn’t take advice from anyone who doesn’t have the credibility to be respected. So those who provide a view about your performance, your actions, your intent, had better be well-regarded by me to take any notice. Otherwise it’s so hard to acknowledge your contribution. I don’t feel so blinded and lacking in self-awareness that I’ll still probably listen to the advice to see if it might apply – but generally you had better be qualified in what you advising. Otherwise, I couldn’t really be less interested

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Routines

It is often identified as a characteristic of personal success to have a set routine each day, or even for each week (Monday is washing day, Tuesday is cleaning day). This creates momentum and ensures good things happen. Workers, sportspeople, entrepreneurs, business people are all said to go through their routine and this contributes to their success in whatever arena they put themselves. The daily routine can however be stifling. A worker who goes through their morning, afternoon and evening routine is often set in their way and while this M.O will get the job done – efficiently – it

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Fridays are Planning Days

The To-Do list is my favourite way of ensuring momentum is maintained each day. Things occur to me during the day and overnight, in the shower, and they need to be jotted down. It’s amazing how this creates such energy during the day – being able to tick off jobs done; tasks completed. I even do it for weekends and days’ off. The next level is to plan a week in advance. And I normally do that on a Friday afternoon. It clears the mind for the weekend and gives me a flying start on Mondays. After all, Friday afternoons

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Breaking the Rules

Every morning I go on a walk around our neighbourhood and the weekly bin day often throws up some interesting sights. Such a minor change to the landscape, but it’s a weekly event that’s always fraught. Often because people break the rules. But nothing wrong with these rules being broken, is there? Of course not. The bins get emptied (or they don’t) and there’s no victim here. I’ve often been restrained in the workplace because of rules and unwritten laws. More recently my impulses have taken over and I’ve started break these rules. I haven’t been breaking laws, or compliance

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Kraftwerk Radioactivity

Not sure what attracted this five-year-old to spend some time gazing at this Kraftwerk poster – but he did. Tracing the lines in and out from the centre to the edge and following the patterns forever. Bit like Kraftwerk themselves – mesmerising and absorbing. I gave this he five-year-old the poster when we met up in a park playing in the outdoors. Despite the park being a new play area, the poster took priority for a while. To make sense of the patterns of life is a primary desire and this desire is not always apparent. When the patterns are

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Exaggerating

The online meeting world is making actors out of us all. The exaggerated wave, the huge body guffaw, the overstated surprise face. It’s all part of communicating. In most meetings we need to stay on mute so that the noise isn’t too cacophonic. So we need to deploy an exaggerated body shape to send a message. It will be interesting returning to face to face meetings to see if the new behaviours remain.

The Still Life

I’m pretty much used to the lockdown life. The still life. I enjoy depending on my own resources and focussing on personal, private interests that energise me. My years in remote indigenous communities without TV, newspapers, before the internet, and in some instances, without power have entrenched an internal strength – and preference. It’s inevitable that writing, reading and thinking are my prime activities. Other are more artistic with inward expressions. Even in my childhood, we were an insular family who rejected most extended family and friend invites. No school friends were invited around because my Father had a home

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