Author Archives: John Worne

Bees 

In a meeting this week I asked how people felt about ‘whacking the beehive again’.  We are trying a new ‘change management’ approach (as opposed the University standard of ‘resistance management’) on a major move; part of which involves regularly … Continue reading

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Cetaceans

Famously clever like us, Cetaceans are the smart cookies of the ocean – and they’ve been in my thoughts at work this week. The question being which one to be… The Sperm Whale? Wikipedia tells us the Sperm whale “has … Continue reading

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Gaia II – Truth and Beauty

James Lovelock ends ‘Gaia‘ with a rather profound summary:  To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and … Continue reading

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Quiet 

Some weeks back I was talking to someone at work about the racket going on in her head. Too much on her mind. As luck would have it, I’d just started reading a book which tackles the issue head on: … Continue reading

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Gaia 

I’m reading James Lovelock’s famous ‘Gaia’ – the first airing of the hypothesis that the planet (and not just we creatures on it) is itself a self-regulating living system. Lovelock got plenty of stick for this book. A scientist accused … Continue reading

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To infinity and beyond…

Last weekend at twilight by the seaside, I took this photo.  It picks up a theme I’m reading about at the moment; which is getting into the habit of looking a little beyond what’s happening right in front of you.  … Continue reading

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Everybody’s talkin’ at me…

I sat through nearly two days of interviews this week. And, as so often, was amazed by how much people like to talk – and what they shared!  Surely the most valuable thing to learn in life (and certainly in … Continue reading

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Smile, surf, sleep

Smile Talking to my daughter about her friendship angst this morning, I advocated she try a welcoming smile.  I told her about the nice lady at work who told me about the cold snap in Romania and how it’s threatening … Continue reading

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Smorgasbord 

Bank Holiday view; spot the nuclear power station… oops. Feeling a little jaded today after a late night and a long drive back from the Welsh borders – I’m not much looking forward to work tomorrow. How fortunate to stumble … Continue reading

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Confrontation and Compassion

Compassion came up a number of times this week – on Tuesday in the context of confrontation; and yesterday as a way to run an entire organisation. Of course the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu would argue (in the … Continue reading

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