Our Family Advent Wreath as displayed at the commencement of Advent

and its evolution.

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

Calvin Coolidge

The very first Christmas Season tradition I adopted when I moved into my own Home, was the Christian practice of a Family Advent Wreath. This tradition originated among German Lutherans in the 16th Century. However, it was not until three centuries later that the modern Advent wreath as we know it took shape, first by the Protestants and then spreading through to other Christians.

Advent wreaths…

My Personal Journey

My memories of the Christmas Season as I grew up are rich, warm, and deeply connected. My memories strongly feature Family, Friends, Acquaintances, and even strangers in short, Community. They were seasons of generosity, Hope, appreciation, gratitude, Faith, Love and reflection.

Looking back through my Childhood Eyes; through Advent, I see an exquisite wooden hand-carved Nativity Scene, set up in a homemade Stable. I see a homemade Advent Wreath constructed from green conifer branches collected out of the garden, decorated with purple ribbon and the appropriate coloured taper candles. …

There is a distinction between leadership and management.

Leadership is more about change, inspiration, setting the purpose and direction, and building the enthusiasm, unity and staying power for the journey ahead.

Management, on the other hand, is less about change, more about stability and making the best use of resources to get things done — good administration, essentially. Scouller, James. The Three Levels of Leadership

Post-event interviews, whether surveys, reviews or in person interviews are great sources for insights. This is even more so when the event is focused on organizational Transformation and Change.

With enough feedback you start to…

The ghosts among us, are not who we expect ... They are the living lost

1.1 Battlement

Stone by stone the defense is raised until at last the bridge is drawn

Like stones carefully sought and shaped by the mason; every taunt, rejection, injury, ridicule and jest builds the foundation and walls of my ramparts. Until eventually the gates are barred in retraction from the pain, recoiling from the world, it insidiously becomes…..my Prison.

I am known by many names these days and I am frequently the topic of discussion. Each week a new story evolves and a new joke is invented…

The ghosts among us, are not who we expect … They are the living lost.

1.0 Different

“You’re just different!” was the reply.

For many years that statement would haunt me, torment me and isolate me. It would be my constant companion, my greatest foe and yet, also my greatest strength…..I AM different.

To the world I look like an ordinary thirteen year old, slender, athletic and energetic. A girl with green eyes, long straight strawberry blond hair streaked by the sun, and fair skin easily sunburned. …

Collaboration operates through a process in which the successful intellectual achievements of one person arouse the intellectual passions and enthusiasms of others. — Alexander von Humboldt

Coordination equates to Governance (a.k.a Leadership) and enables, facilitates, delegates and holds the Space for the Evolutionary Purpose of an Entity. Coordination is the relationship defining interaction of the Power Structure (seat/s of power) and Power Process (flow/s of power), it is the Rules of Engagement. e.g. centralized, decentralized, cooperation, collaboration.

A frequently asked question in spheres of Human-Centric Organization, those in search of more holistic, balanced and naturally aligned solutions and examples of…

A time, a place, a space

Invest time in you! In that which makes you happy! In that which gives you reprieve from the world!

You know that spot in the garden, that little cafe on the corner, that really good book? They are your oasis of sanity, peace, refreshment and rejuvenation. A place where you can lay down the cares of the world and in a sense step out of time.

How many of us have experienced burnout, insomnia, prolonged stress, or overwhelm? How many have sacrificed hobbies, sports, leisure activities, or passions due to a perceived lack of time or competing priorities?

Think back…

In-house, Outsourcing, Partnering, Co-operative?

As all entrepreneurs know, you live and die by your ability to prioritize. You must focus on the most important, mission-critical tasks each day and night, and then share, delegate, delay or skip the rest. — Jessica Jackley

Many of us would have heard of this English proverb “A problem shared is a problem halved”, or something to similar effect.

This is not something utterly ground breaking or enlightening but, most of us would agree, common sense. …

Borrowing from biology what nature has already perfected

Everyone has heard of the K.I.S.S principle (Keep It Simple Stupid) when it comes to processes but the Quote on which this is based is much more accurate and sound. “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler” — Albert Einstein.

What does this really mean? If it is simple surely it could not be simpler?

How many of us have in our careers dealt with systems and processes that were cumbersome, tedious and political minefields? …

Out of Reach but Not Out of Sight

We have all been told since High School that it is important to set goals, to write them down, and to make them S.M.A.R.T.

How do you know what goals to set, which goals to focus on? Do you make them realistic or far-fetched? Over what time-span are they set? In uncertainty where do you start? And Why are they important to write down?

These are all very valid concerns with the many pressures and responsibilities of personal, professional and leisure life. It is further aggravated by the social idea that these life roles are incompatible and not mutually sustainable…

Mieke Byerley

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