Thank You

Thank you for the conversation : Connection gives us meaning, conversations are the bond.

Thank you for the inspiration.

Thank you for the work – we’ve learned so much this year eh?

Thank you for the remuneration.

Thank you for the criticism – With your help I’ve really enjoyed focussing on understanding and taking a share of responsibility. When others see this in me – it gives them confidence that there are better ways to work than simply blaming one another.

Thank you for the encouragement – 2015 is the year I finally admitted proclaimed* I’m an artist – it feels good.

Staine Glass I and Stained Glass II

Thank you.

* Edit: My friend Janet Webb tweeted me after reading the post and had this to say:

Janet Webb Tweet

I love this observation and have amended the post accordingly 😉

Experiments in Wellbeing – Appreciation

I’m writing this post on the morning of day two of the CIPD annual conference and exhibition. I’m here working with Meg Peppin providing opportunities for conference delegates to reflect and connect, experiment and enjoy good conversation. The experience is enjoyable, in part because I am being mindful of the need to appreciate the curiosity and investment in time people are making when being with us. In return, many people are being generous and honest with their support of the work we are cocreating. Thank you.

Appreciating the contribution you and others make, matters.

I sometimes struggle to see the good in what I do, particularly in the heat of the moment. Last night we finished a creative networking session called The Art of Conversation, and as people were leaving, lots of kindness was being exchanged. Paul Taylor gave me some lovely feedback about his experience and told me how well he felt the session went. How did I respond? I began to pick holes in the experience and list things that could have been better. Paul stopped me and gently suggested I might want to take his feedback and acknowledgement in the spirit it was intended. Paul did a lovely thing for me there and I shifted my thinking as a result.

Appreciating the contribution you and others make, matters.
Accepting the appreciation in the spirit it is intended matters too.

Thanks Paul.