Over the last week, I found myself doing some painting outside and for one section I had to clear away some cobwebs before beginning the work.
I didn’t give it any thought until the next day when I was walking by the same section and noticed that the beginnings of a small cobweb was in the very place I’d cleaned.
It made me reflect that nature truly is adaptive.
Twenty years ago I was a young executive working with a large multi-national and I was keen to make an impression. At one point I was given responsibility to bring new robotic technology into an aspect of the business. It was exciting but also challenging as there were multiple challenges to making a success of the project.
The very first ‘Inspire Me’ weekly email was in October 2008 – when the financial world had collapsed.
During that time, and over the following years I worked with many leaders as they navigated through turbulent waters – and we learned many things together.
But one of the most important take-aways from that time is the value of pain and disruption. There is always something to be gained in such a time, because when we are disrupted, the edge of possibilities available to us opens up.
Last Friday (23rd January) I was facilitating my annual planning workshop, BluePrint in the Glenview Hotel, Wicklow. As usual the event attracted a diverse mix of people and I’m always interested to see who comes.
For this particular workshop it turned out that everyone in the room was working for themselves
“I need the article within the next hour”.
The call was from my PR advisor Valerie. She’d asked me to prepare an article for a paper and the goal-posts had just shifted.
The journalist was going on holidays the following week and he wanted it ahead of time. He wanted it today. He wanted it in an hour!