London Calling

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Zig Ziglar is accredited with saying

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”

Yesterday saw me make a trip to London for a few meetings, and I was most certainly surrounded with dreamers, doers, believers & thinkers, so much so that I’d a pep in my step on making my way to the departure gates reflecting on the folk I’d met throughout the day and the great work they’re doing…

My first meeting was with Ellie Snowden of the Cynefin Centre, we met in Euston & tweaked the Wellbeing Scan we’ve been working on for some time now. This is really exciting work & our efforts have produced an alternative to stress audits which will no doubt hold much appeal to employers (more to follow in the next couple of weeks, webinar on the way to give some more details).

Catching up with Dave Snowden, Jules Kim & Mark Anderson was an unexpected surprise, it was good to catch up on the upcoming Cynefin Retreat in the Aran Islands and various other bits & bobs. The work that’s happening here is so important. On sitting in on one of their meetings with a client, you couldn’t but be impressed by the scale of the work being undertaken, being surrounded with the Cognitive Edge crew most definitely would inspire you…

A lovely meeting was had with Helen Rawlinson over a late lunch, and while the conversation flowed, so too did innovative ideas, synergy and the joining of dots. This is most definitely one lady in Health & Safety who I hold in the highest regard, and look forward to working with again in the near future. Our views are very much aligned and I learned so much from our conversation today, smiles and hugs all round as we departed 😊

My day continued along the same vein for my last meeting of the day, when I met with Teresa Swinton of Paradigm Human Performance at the airport. We sat for a couple of hours discussing HOP (Human & Organisational Performance, PNI (Participatory Narrative Inquiry), anthro-complexity, adaptive safety, Cynefin Framework, SenseMaker, strategy, safety leadership, and so the conversation flowed… On hearing of the various services Teresa & her team provide, I was delighted with her invitation to join the ‘Leadership Development Think Tank’ they have organised for next month, whereby we will explore how Upstream’s services might compliment some of their HOP projects. I’m looking forward to seeing where our collaboration might take us! 😊

I was sorry not to have enough time on this trip to visit Maeve O’Loughlin, a fellow lecturer during my term at Middlesex University, who is now a valued friend. We touched base via technology and from across the city there was no mistaking the positive vibes toing and froing. Again, another woman in Health & Safety who is doing some really impressive work, Maeve will be presenting at the upcoming IOSH Ireland South Conference & I’d encourage anyone working in H&S to make their way to the Rochestown Park Hotel to hear what this lady has to say on February 13th.

Two more trips to London are planned for next month, and some more are on the horizon thereafter, the 4am rise is worthwhile when you have days like this… Not alone were the people I met today dreamers, doers, believers and thinkers, they’re all achievers, and high achievers at that, bringing about some really positive change for the clients and organisations they serve. I’m grateful to be in their midst!

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