Can you hear the hummm? Maybe you can feel the hummm? You might even just sense the hummm perhaps?
As my version of 2021 begins to take full flight I am definitely sensing, feeling and hearing the hummm. Being physically back in boardrooms, meetings rooms, cafes even, meeting with current and prospective clients, partners, suppliers, and my wonderful Juno Institute team, the hummm is palpable.
My little word play here is a product of this thought bubble – that ‘human’ starts with hummm!
At Juno we are all about making a difference through human connection. 2020 forced an adaptation to how we do what we do of course and it was successful beyond our expectation, and we intend to maintain a virtual delivery option. That said though now that I am out and about again the hummm is irreplaceable.
The hummm of the corridor conversation, The hummm of the chat as you arrive in or leave the meeting room. The hummm of ‘guess who I bumped into in the lift, foyer or street?’ The hummm of ‘hey I am going to grab a coffee, can I get you one?’ The hummm of ‘I noticed you were a bit flat last time we spoke, how about we take a walk at lunchtime?’ The hummm of just being AT work, meaning a workplace that isn’t your lounge, kitchen, dining or bedroom.
There’s something about us hummmmans: connection, organic relationships, magic moments, simple conversations.
Screens, mics, cameras, high speed internet, and software is wonderful of course, but for me, for you, for us, there’s no replacing the hummm.
– Paul Lacey, Director
William Aloysius Keane (1922 – 2011) ring a bell? How about, Bil Keane? Or, The Family Circus? Still no? Try this:
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, which is why we call it the present.”
I was reminded of Bil Keane’s quote this morning as I leafed through my copy of The Daily Stoic (Holiday and Hanselman). The authors loop Keane’s quote into a piece from Marcus Aurelius’ (121 – 180) Meditations ‘the present moment lasts the same for all and is all anyone possesses’.
Common ground between a modern day cartoonist and a centuries ago Emperor and Philosopher, who’d have thunk it possible?
I hadn’t intended to muse about ‘the present’ when I sat down at the keyboard this morning, there’s surely so much more to muse about. Maybe, just maybe, the muse gods had a different idea for me today, in the present..
There’s some rich insight into the present, along with self-discipline and focus, from The Stoics, Aurelius in particular. A copy of Meditations is not too far from my left hand as I type here and now.
“Don’t panic before the picture of your entire life. Don’t dwell on all the troubles you’ve faced or have yet to face, but instead ask yourself as each trouble comes: What is so unbearable or unmanageable in this? Then remind yourself that it’s not the future or the past that bears down on you, but only the present, always the present, which becomes an even smaller thing when isolated in this way and when the mind that cannot bear up under so slender an object is chastened.”
So, yesterday’s worries parked, today’s ‘to-do’ list pushed aside, tomorrow’s anxieties suspended, musing in and about the present for me it is.
What to leave you with as you read my humble muse? What’s in the present for you right now? It’s really all that matters. The email can wait. Go for that walk, listen to that song, hug that partner, child, or sibling, call that friend, write a letter to that parent, reach out to that team member simply to ask them ‘how they are doing?’ Go on, live in the present.
To close, I was reminded on Mark Twain’s quote:
‘I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.’
– Peter Godfrey ‘PG’ Associate Director
In curating content for the Juno Journal I know that your time is precious and I know that the information superhighway is awash with content, and just a little hyper-reality. Selective and minimalist is the goal, aiming for stuff that is fresh, provokes a thought, is interesting, and now and again I’ll add something-completely-different.
Journal No. 2 for 2021, and still The Curator’s dilemma; What to leave out? What to add in?
Working From Home Habits (a little self-leadership)
In the spirit of my often minimalist approach, here’s a 2-minute video from Fast Company with a refresh on ‘working from home’: challenges to overcome, clocking your brain in, reductive mindset, garbage work, and when to indulge in and abstain from EMAIL.
Better Leaders = Creativity, Respect, Integrity
Just a little more of your leader’s time equals a lot more engagement inspiration and innovation
Random (or perhaps not so random) ‘Quote’ of the Month
It’s March, and in March falls International Women’s Day, an important day, a tribute to so much in the past, and a gateway to so much in the future.
To pause then on a couple of quotes…
“I am neither a man nor a woman, but an Author.”
– Charlotte Bronte
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to make many ripples.”
– Mother Teresa
And on a lighter note…
Ahhh organisational life, and the art and science of leadership eh?
At Juno we do serious work absolutely seriously. That said, we have some fun too. When you read the quote below you’ll see why it didn’t feature in this month’s curated content or in the more serious and deliberate ‘quote of the month’. However, it’s hard not to read it, appreciate it, and apply it to so many aspects of life, working and leading….