Cold turkey…

It’s been a while since my last post – family duties have been fun but consuming. And as for work: growth and impact are exciting, but after a while, the “humanitarian endeavour” gets, well, to be tiring. And so, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of two like-minded friends who understand my second predicament and are soon to discover the joy of the first, I found myself, with family in tow,… Read More »Cold turkey…

“A convergence of yes’s”

I’ve realised I’ve got a problem… It’s not a constant, ongoing problem, rather it’s one that rears its head from time to time. It happens when my ‘yes’s’ converge. I say ‘yes’ to many things, and ‘no’ to a few. This can happen over a short or a long period of time, but one thing’s for sure, the yes’s accumulate over time. Periodically, a number of those yes’s come home… Read More »“A convergence of yes’s”

Building capacity…

‘Building capacity’ – quite possibly one of the most hackneyed terms in the whole of the humanitarian / international development realm. I have misgivings about the term ‘building capacity’ – if we’re going to do anything with (or to) capacity, then let’s acknowledge that it almost certainly exists already (to a greater or lesser extent), and let’s talk about ‘strengthening capacity‘ instead. Anyhow, I have noticed a growing trend for… Read More »Building capacity…

Social capital?

I’ve been thinking about the notion of social capital a great deal over the last year or two – and the thinking is gradually becoming less ‘inchoate’… As a leader in a global network of nearly 200 NGOs, I have an opportunity to connect people, and to play my part in bringing about transformational results for the organisations we work with, and the communities they serve. And that’s what’s got… Read More »Social capital?

Community

I’m privileged to be working with some like minds at Nokia, Thomson Reuters and the London Business School and together we are exploring what community means in the workplace. It’s a journey of discovery – and it feels like we’re creating a new language through which businesses and non-profits can understand and engage with communities. This week we reflected on our role through a community’s lifecycle, from initiation, to discovery,… Read More »Community

The quality of our thinking…

I received a copy of this inspiring book (Nancy Kline / Time to think) through the post a couple of weeks ago –  a gift from a coach / consultant I’d met a couple of times. Receiving a gift is a wonderful thing – all the more so if it turns out that it’s a gift that changes your life… I met the her [the consultant] again on Friday and experienced… Read More »The quality of our thinking…

Change

This is the last post from the ‘archives’… November 3-5 (2008) in Washington DC was very memorable, but a lot can change in 18 months. For the record, here is what ‘dreams’ look like: Working in Washington this week has been inspirational. I watched Barack Obama be elected President of the United States of America. On Monday and Tuesday, I had a sense of being part of something very historic:… Read More »Change

Walking…

Here’s another of life’s lessons: Walking to church with F yesterday we stopped by P’s store to do some copying. One of his nephews was holding the fort and he got chatting to F in a friendly way as I copied away. Walking back out into the rain, we carried on a little further, until we came to a mother and her two young boys. She was looking stressed and… Read More »Walking…

Focus

Remember Usain Bolt in Beijing? “So I went out there and gave it my all, and left everything on that track.” So said Usain Bolt yesterday after his victory in the 200m sprint in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Once again, I’ve been impressed by the utter commitment the Olympians have shown… Particularly the GB Cycling team whose collective focus on their goal of winning Gold medals has resulted in… Read More »Focus

Thank you!

Here’s another reflection from Summer 2008 – the message is still relevant… ‘Thank you’. Such a small word, yet how irritating when it’s not forthcoming. Especially when you’ve put yourself out for someone. I seem to spend my days reminding F to say ‘thank you’, in the hope that one day he’ll get it. Sometimes he volunteers it without prompting, and it gives a warm feeling I can tell you.… Read More »Thank you!