It’s the season

It’s the season

This blog is two weeks out of date now, but I have recently suffered a bereavement in the family and parts of my life got put on the back burner to make way for other things. However, I hope you still find it relevant and interesting.

I have a friend who doesn’t say much but when he does, it’s straight to the point. It’s caring, considered and altogether brief. But it is also perfect. Not a word too many or too few, each with a precise purpose and meaning. He can say more with ten words than many say with a thousand.  So perhaps it’s not surprising that his New Year message to me hit home, so much so, that it got me reflecting on what is it with New Year messages, how is it that the exact same words from two different people can generate two different reactions in me, can it only be context?

For example; a long-forgotten friend’s message simply saying ‘thinking of you and wishing you well’ can deeply move me, while the same, or similar message from someone else might not touch me at all.  If we assume that they were both sincerely meant, then it can only be how I feel about the giver or the mood and circumstances I am in when I receive the message that makes the difference. And that cannot be the givers fault at all, it’s complex and confusing all at once.  As far as context is concerned though, thank goodness the mass blitzing of midnight, end of year text messages is no more!

With most people long back at work or in their daily routines, all I can advise for any late face to face 2019 wishes, is to take a moment to pause and to try and set the context as best you can because the person in front of you is the person you are likely to spend a great deal of time with during 2019, and a good opening will surely have an influence on its end.

So for now, I will stop it here and simply say

‘Wishing you all a splendid 2019’.



2019-01-15T17:29:29+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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