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Rainy day thoughts

I have a giant backlog of work; taken too much on again. So here I am on a Sunday afternoon behind the screen of a computer while the rain gently falls on the flat roof of my home office. I have been here all day, I need a break and a boost to get me through. But I am still smiling because, this last half an hour I have been listening to a CD that has lifted my spirits – Steely Dan’s ‘Countdown to Ecstasy’. I haven’t heard it for years, probably more than 30! It doesn’t so much as [...]

2018-09-23T16:06:58+00:002 Comments

Sorry to let you down

I hate letting people down, I guess we all do?  But if you are like me, someone who takes on too many activities and always broadens the scope of things to deliver better results, then it will be of no surprise that from time to time I have to let someone down. A forgotten meeting, a double booking in my agenda, the need to cancel a lunch that sits awkwardly in my planning, these are just the easy ones. When I had a PA, I never really saw the full consequences as it was her sent the ‘sorry’ emails or [...]

2018-09-14T17:45:05+00:000 Comments

Detecting real talent

With the intake of new trainees each year, it can be difficult to choose the best, who really has it and who doesn’t?  I used to have a point grading system, where I and the team applied scores to various attributes and characteristics. However, last Saturday, I was privileged to sit in on the auditions of sixteen young musicians, they were competing for a place in the final of a national competition.  The standard was so high, that in any other year, probably any one of them could have been chosen.  So, with only five going through, I thought the [...]

2018-09-07T08:21:41+00:000 Comments

What would you give up to reach your goals?

As I sit here, listening to a CD of young musicians playing Mozart, my mind turns to tomorrow and the day I will spend with eight other professionals, assessing who of the 16 young hopeful musicians will go through to the finals of The Young Belgian Talent, classical music competition. Then my mind turns to a recent conversation about goals, dedication and sacrifice to achieve one’s dream. There can be no doubt of the number of hours a classical musician must invest learning their craft and then the even greater amount, as their future unfolds. Hundreds of days a year [...]

2018-08-31T14:48:27+00:000 Comments

The effect we have on others

There’s a big ship leaving harbour, as she sails out into the sunset, sea birds follow in her wake, ducking and diving behind her. When I look back on my life so far, I think of the things I have done, the things I have said or written and indeed, the things I should have said and written. I think of situations, moments in time, scattered along my life, like ports of harbour along the way.  But rarely do I reflect on the wake I made and the effect it must have had on others. I believe each of us [...]

2018-08-24T09:18:59+00:000 Comments