We’ve just had another successful Winter Paralympic Games. What stands out for me as an able-bodied person is how much we have to learn about motivation from people who have different physical and mental challenges to me. We hear a lot about can do versus a can’t do mentality. These Games have reminded us that the only limit to what we can do is ourselves.
It sounds counter intuitive doesn’t it? However recent research by the University of Virginia (reported in New Scientist) concludes that critical people often rise to leadership because the disregard they show for social niceties makes them seem powerful.
When Boeing was developing the 747 (more popularly known as the Jumbo Jet) back in the mid 1960’s, the technological problems they faced nearly sank the company.
This is quite an interesting question upon which to muse.
What do actors Robert Englund and Mark Hamill have in common?
Whilst reflecting upon a client dilemma that they deemed impossible to solve, I recalled the above statement from something I had recently read. Despite all of the challenges that Dr King could have spoken about in his seminal address in Washington in 1963, he chose to focus on the outcome (“I have a dream…”) with historic implications.
Have you ever had an idea that the more you thought about it, the more excited you became? Then over the following hours and days you successfully managed to talk yourself out of it? What was the conversation you had with yourself?
You had 86,400 seconds today, what did you achieve with them?
Spare a thought for Laura Muir the Scottish athlete who ran the 1500m in London last weekend. Having led for a significant proportion of the race, she was beaten into fourth place by South African Caster Semenya.
In 2003, the American Punk rock band Greenday were putting the finishing touches to their new album titled Cigarettes and Valentines. As it was nearing completion, the master tapes were stolen…