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Stay on the bus for a while

In times of deep moments in our lives we often look for metaphors to try and make sense of things.  Imagine then the situation where an elderly lady asks a young girl what she should do. She is lost, she is scared. She believes she’s on a bus on her way home from school, the only problem is she does not recognise the streets the bus is riding down, she does not recognise the houses either. She is confused. But the young girl knows better. She knows the old lady is in hospital, that her days are numbered and that one day soon she will be at peace, so the young girl advises her grandmother to ‘stay on the bus for a while’.

What a metaphor this is. On the one hand, we can hear these seven words as a simple piece of advice, on the other hand we can hear them as profound wisdom, as a poem to calm the questioner. However, we can also hear them for what they are, a recommendation to anyone who is not quite sure what to do.

This week I was asked for my professional opinion. I tried to help, I tried to listen but I felt unqualified to answer. I wish now that I had taken the young girl’s approach. Instead I tried to be intellectual, to rationalize, to give a quasi-scientific, management speak answer. What I should have said was ‘stay on the bus for a while’. Nothing more would have been needed. I believe my client and friend would have understood.

Have a good week


Harley Lovegrove

2017-04-12T07:53:29+00:000 Comments

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Harley is a dynamic 'we can do this' kind of person with a successful track record of working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors. From very small family run businesses right through to giant multi-nationals. Over the last thirty five years Harley has built a reputation for inspiring those around him to rout out and tackle the core problems facing their organizations. Armed with a wide range of pragmatic tools that he has developed over the years, Harley is able to help his clients bring about long-term, sustainable solutions, while having fun at the same time. Harley is a motivational 'people person' who is nonetheless tough on efficiency and delivery. Apart from being well known for his highly entertaining and motivational speeches, Harley is also a blogger and author of four books; 'The Change Manager's Handbook', 'Transition', 'Inspirational Leadership’ and ‘Making a Difference’.

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