Short blog on life December 1st

Work has been very busy and enjoyable of late.  Although that is not to say there have not been difficulties and difficult negotiations along the way. I have continued to develop a number of projects which all moving forward although not at the pace I would like.  Patience once again becomes an important aspect of character.

The maritime project I have recently been working on has taken a new direction and I presented my thoughts to a large convention in London recently.  I made this presentation very interactive and asked them for advice in developing a number of ideas.  Too often I see groups/companies fail to get all of the stakeholders of a particular project on board and realise that together everyone will achieve much more.  More importantly we can also all profit in very difficulty economic times.

I have also been putting the finishing touches to the recruitment and development side of Britam Defence.  I am looking forward to launching this at the beginning of December but I am also prepared to wait until the New Year if this seems to be the better option.  Again I am having to hold on my enthusiasm to move forward quickly against ensuring having all of the foundations in place.

The leadership training goes from strength to strength and I continue to build on my understanding of how individuals, teams and organizations actually work well together.  I recently spoke to 70 children who are in year 11. I really enjoyed the interactive session and it is important to realise that the vast majority of children want to do well at school.  I never cut corners on my discussions or try to make allowances for their age simply because I do not have to. They get it, they understand that they have to take responsibility for their actions,  that they have to have a vision and courage to move forward.  They have to be dedicated and ask for help where necessary.  At the end of the session I asked them to work as teams and discuss what they had learnt and then present to the rest of the year what it was they had discovered and what they intend to do about it.  I wish I had taped this, all of the teams came up with key strategies for moving forward and making the most of their final year of GCSE’s.  It was inspiring to listen to them.  They also gave me a number of ideas for working in this area in the future.

2012 will be a busy year with the Olympics and World cups coming up and I am looking forward to working with some outstanding people in many different spheres.  I start next week with a team preparing for a World cup next year.  This is a big year for that group and I am looking forward to seeing them achieve great things.  The New Year will also see me travel to India, Bangladesh and Australia

My physical training is going well and I will be on a very tough schedule right up to Christmas which I am pleased with as it keeps me from too much temptation in the lead up xmas.  I am also going ski-ing which will be great as I haven’t been on the slopes for awhile.   I am looking forward to the cross country element too.

Work on the book is coming to a close with all the information now recorded.  I am just working through how best to present this so that it is an enjoyable as well as educational read.  It will be all of the things I wish I had know when I was 15 or so yrs of age.  I am often asked would I really have benefitted from receiving the information at that age. Well after speaking to numerous children that answer to that question is yes.

I wish I had know more about one particular aspect of my own development and that is about how the brain actually works.I am still amazed at how little we are actually taught about how our brains evolve under our direction.  The one great uplifting theme to my book will be that the actually physical architecture of our brains are down to our experiences and how we have sculptured our minds.  Every element of your behavior is a result of what happens in your mind.  Nature and nuture combining to make us unique.The more you understand it the more that you can achieve from it. “The little book of big stuff about the brain” is a brilliant way to fully understand the mind. It is by Andrew Curran isbn 978-184590085-4 read this book and I will guarantee you that you will see how talented you are and could become.

I have also been working on a new way to learn information, it is early stages yet but I think that it could prove to be a wonderful way to understand how easily we can store and find information when we want it.

Lastly, I have been waiting for a knee operation in fact two both of which have been delayed so it looks like it will be next year before they are cleaned out once again.  As a result of waiting I missed the Dubai 7’s which was hugely disappointing.

I intend to write a few more blogs before Christmas and I will certainly cover one on friendship. Once again I have needed a number of friendships to assist me in every area of my life.  Christmas is always a good time to remember and value them.

have a wonderful week.

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