#15 Flying Pigs at Number 20

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Week 15 of posts to inspire you through the week. Copy the format, engage in the content, learn and grow. We are all on a journey, why not make it a conscious one.  Below:  Leadership, What Matters, Community, Work/Life balance and The Week Ahead.  But first…

I’ve been thinking a lot about CHANGE, in particular leading in times of change this week.  It was only a matter of time until Robert Frost reared his head.  I’ve moved the poem to the end of this post format.


Leadership Conversations: There’s a new series coming up about leading in times of change.  Stay posted for more.  In the meantime, you can keep an eye (and ear) on the podcasts to date HERE  and if you’ve got something to say about leadership or the things that matter most to you don’t hesitate to get in touch HERE

Leadership lessons: This week I’ve been thinking a lot about change.  How some of us are willing and able to take it in our stride and yet for others it feels like the end of the world.  And then, of course it depends on exactly what the change is.  At some point in all of our lives, our businesses, our communities change happens.  The greatest challenge is to iron out the bumps, or at the very least to learn how to hang on as you hurtle over the unstable ground.  Some lessons on leading in times of change this week which were inspired by my mum.  Let’s face it, we are never too old for some good mum advice:

1. Bring it back to the basics: Change can carry many emotional ups and downs and when you’re caught up in ‘feeling’ it can be pretty tricky to make good decisions.  Go back to basics.  Make decisions on the most necessary things and leave the rest until tomorrow.  Understand that not everything has to happen (or change) at once and slowing down is OK.

2. People move at different paces:  When you are leading change understand that not everyone moves at the same pace.  My friend Antoinette who is a human design practitioner tells me that for some people it is only possible to make a decision on the full moon. I don’t get that, but I have a hearty respect for it.  Particularly after I had some insights from my own human design profile.  You can find out more about human design here


KerryG_Illustration-01What Matters?

Some deeper thinking about what matters this week. I’ve been thinking about how people respond to the ‘what matters’ conversation.  I’ve noticed that for some it seems just too simplistic.  And questioned is that because they are absolutely and utterly in touch with the things that matter most to them? Or, is it that is seems obvious but they can’t be bothered digging into it because they are too busy (or, perhaps it’s too painful).  I accept that not everyone wants to lead the life that matters to them, that for some it’s much easier to just go with the flow maintaining status quo.  While that makes me feel sad, I get conformity.

Anyhoo, opinions aside I also discovered this week that part of the admission to Stanford GSB MBA program is an essay about ‘what matters’ most to you and why.

See more ‘what matters’ statements here


community This week I celebrate my online community.  They are local friends, they are people I’ve never met from other countries but somehow we manage to come together, in community to share, learn, support and grow.  Living in regional Australia can be isolating at times.  Having access to a like minded community is absolutely essential.

A lot of people tell me that Facebook is a waste of time, that there’s nothing good on it and it’s boring or even dangerous.  TO those people I say – change your feed, drop some ‘friends’ and find new ones.

1 beautiful musicWork/Life balance

The decluttering of last week was Ah-mazing.  I’ve reshuffled my living zones to a much more practical and clutter free existence.  It’s amazing the difference an uncluttered environment can make.  I’ve also been experimenting with a new work routine to better juggle home life and work life.  It starts much earlier so I can use my early morning brain (for me that works) before the kids get up for writing tasks – then I can leave the office a little earlier to take on after school activities, or just be there for the kids.  This week I re-integrate exercise to the new routine.  I’ve been really missing the gym in the last 2 weeks and look forward to getting back into it.

Intentions for the week ahead:

kids thailandGENTLE worked well for me last week.  This week is all about good health.

I’m not going to set rules around what what good health means, but I’ll know as it unfolds.  The fridge and pantry are already stocked with healthy fare and the garden is bursting with a range of salad offerings.  A bit of exercise in the mix and I’m off to a good week.

PS what does this post have to do with 20 flying pigs? First – it’s a template for you to use to reflect on your own week. Use these titles or create your own. Secondly, it’s a simple note to myself about anything being possible, about the importance of reflection and taking the time to notice. It’s about writing for pleasure and bringing even more joy to work. Finally it’s about exploring beyond what is possible, challenging my (and your) beliefs and uniting change.
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Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.