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Remembering my purpose — revisited

Posted by Philip on 7 October 2016, 2:45 pm in , , , , , , , ,

Last week I blogged about my purpose. I said I felt purposeless, and wondered if being purposeless was, in fact, my purpose for now.

I've changed my mind. I wonder if surrendering my purpose was part of rediscovering it. I also wonder if my parents bringing a whole lot of newspaper clipping from when I was born has helped me remember.

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Remembering my purpose

Posted by Philip on 29 September 2016, 1:43 pm in , , , , , , ,

Last night I had the privilege to host a conversation evening facilitated b​y Sue Davidoff and Allan Kaplan of the Proteus Initiative. I've blogged about a couple of retreats I've done with them and I wanted to do another next week but couldn't make it because of work and my support needs.

So I invited 15 others who have also worked with Allan and Sue​ to my place for a shared meal and conversation​​​​​. I shared the issue I wanted to explore​:

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The art and etiquette of actually being helpful

Posted by Philip on 27 July 2014, 12:48 pm in , , , ,

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Hand offering a daisyI get a lot of people trying to help me. The less they know me the less helpful their help is. So it's useful and interesting to make the distinction between 'helping' and 'being helpful'. They are definitely not synonymous and are, so often, completely antithetical.

The most unhelpful help I am offered is getting my wheelchair in and out of my car. It's quite a complex operation — getting it in involves neutralising the wheels, clipping the winch to the footplate, winching it up the 45° ramp and securing it on its platform in the car. And getting it out involves the reverse.

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The lengths we have gone to get away from ourselves

Posted by Philip on 8 April 2014, 8:02 am in , , , , ,

I went to a play the other day. A lot of people had recommended it. It was good, a little long perhaps, but well-written, well-acted and well staged. Not life-changing though. I missed a sunny afternoon reading on the deck.

I went to a seminar the other day. The first two speakers were rather dull. The keynote speaker was egotistical and irritating. Definitely not life-changing. I missed another a sunny afternoon reading on the deck.

Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008) was a farmer and philosopher who was born and raised on the Japanese island of Shikoku. He studied plant pathology and spent several years working as a customs inspector in Yokohama. While working there, at the age of 25, he had an inspiration that changed his life. He decided to quit his job, return to his home village and put his ideas into practice by applying them to agriculture. In 1975 he wrote The One-Straw Revolution, a best-selling book that described his life’s journey, his philosophy, and farming techniques.

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The difference between doing and being diversity

Posted by Philip on 30 July 2013, 10:35 am in , , , ,

Organisations that "do" diversity:

  • Have policies, strategies and plans to manage it
  • Get trained in different aspects of diversity - gender, culture, sexuality, disability
  • Have "ethnic" days, lunches, etc
  • Count staff categories
  • Try hard to work out how to attract a wider range of employees and customers
  • Apply for diversity awards and have diversity groups
  • Desperately try not to offend anyone
  • Have to manage complaints
  • Take diversity very seriously

Organisations that "are" diversity:

  • Encourage self awareness and reflection amongst staff to let it lead the organisation
  • Talk about diversity around the lunch table
  • Have staff who offer to share their beliefs, values, customs and lives with each other
  • Are open to changing things when people come and go
  • Naturally attract a wide range of employees and customers
  • Forgive people for getting things wrong
  • Generously explain to each other why something may be offensive
  • Play with and explore diversity

Most organisations do diversity. What they really do is categorise and represent people.

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National Youth Drama School visit

Posted by Philip on 22 April 2013, 12:06 pm in , , , , , ,

Saturday 20 April 2013 saw me wing my way to Havelock North via Napier to speak at the opening of the National Youth Drama School.

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