Saturday, December 31, 2016

Bottled water: We will cringe over this

I'm not that big on environmental stuff but I do like a bit of common sense. If we are talking about saving the world and using less oil then perhaps we should not be packing our water up in 2 slabs and selling it in bottles.

I am seeing many people at the moment decide they will drink the water in 500 ml units. That water needs to be bottled shipped and the bottles recycled ( if we are lucky) rather than opening a tap of some sort.

It saddens me when I see people who consider themselves to be environmentally aware just chugging out of a cheap hdpe bottle. And telling me what I should do about my own environmental footprint.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Will i have the awkwardness?

My kids have nicknamed me the scriptwriter. Quite often they say that I had written the script for the situation that we are now in. Perhaps I overthink things.

My friend Bria got the chance to park a caravan very close to mine the other week. She is a nice neighbour to have. I didn't want to be instantly signalling negative vibes but there's a 50% chance that where Bria parks is going to close me out from my preferred parking spot.

As I drive to the drop zone now, it will be interesting to know which way the coin toss went. Either way I'll show Bria this note and we can have a laugh about it.

Verdict: No awkwardness. Lesson to self. I use a lot of emotional energy playing Scriptwriter

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The only person you can really count on is yourself

I get nervous when a person says "stick with me I'll take care of you".
  • In 40% of cases they decide it's not worth the effort
  • In 50% of cases it is simply beyond their power to take care of me
  • In 10% of cases I make it impossible for them to take care of me

But the end result is always the same. The only person I can ever rely on is myself. As it always was, for me and everyone else.

Monday, December 12, 2016

In management too: Nature abhors a vacuum

I enjoy gardening. If I prepare a plot of garden bed and then just leave it I can be sure that 6 months later it will be overgrown with something. Some opportunistically parasitic weed will colonise the bare soil.

So it seems to be in soft systems such as management. In a business where there is no designated manager or if the manager is a weak leader we seem to get results that nobody predicted.

If you are a person that is forced to deal with such a business then your safest bet is to pretend you don't see anything. And pretend that whoever you are dealing with really is as good and as important as they act.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Not having a plan can be a plan, too.

I've worked like a pig to have all my stuff together for this ten days. I have a week of coaching with the world's best bigway coach and I'm driving to Victoria - about eight hours. The gun fired this morning and I spent until 3pm clearing stuff up about the courses I'm running.

At 3pm I went into the office and touched base with a bunch of people face to face and a bunch more in a digital manner. Cleared a few buggy domestic issues and headed towards the DZ (one hour of the eight's driving) to pick up some more gear and tidy up my van.

Oh, and there's a ground training course on! It looks like I'll stay and jump tomorrow morning with students and leave for Nagambie about lunchtime.

I love the plan of not having a plan. It takes a lot of planning to get into that space.