Paul’s Jotting – A little ANZAC reflection…
If you are a careful watcher and reader of all things Juno you might notice that we are early publishing our May Journal, woohoo. Early because we are carrying over content that we didn’t want to get lost in the short-week-filled-month that was April 22. My oh my how quickly did April scoot by?
In the last week of April I was particularly reflective on all things ANZAC and ANZAC Day specifically. My reflections definitely brought forward two of my 2022 hashtags #thankful and #grateful. Another of my 22 hashtags is #resilient, and I can but only wonder about the level of resilience and adaptability that our remarkable ANZACs must have possessed, and that those currently ‘serving’ possess.
Can you even begin to imagine the micro and macro acts of leadership that would have played out on an hourly, daily, and weekly basis among the ANZACs? I know I can’t, yet I have been operating in the leadership development space for more than two decades. Here’s a muse. Would the ANZACs have even had the words ‘acts of leadership’, ‘resilience’, or ‘adaptive’ in their vocabulary once upon a time? Who knows!
Anyway, you might be wondering where my Jotting for May is heading. Me too. But sometimes that’s okay. So perhaps as you launch into the rest of our May Journal, ponder Ken Bunker’s ‘A Tribute To ANZAC Day’ for a few minutes…
With their hair a little whiter, their step not quite so sure
Still they march on proudly as they did the year before.
Theirs were the hands that saved us, their courage showed the way
Their lives they laid down for us, that we may live today.
From Gallipoli’s rugged hillsides, to the sands of Alamein
On rolling seas and in the skies, those memories will remain.
Of airmen and the sailors, of Lone Pine and Suvla Bay
The boys of the Dardenelles are remembered on this day.
They fought their way through jungles, their blood soaked desert sands
They still remember comrades who rest in foreign lands.
They remember the siege of old Tobruk, the mud of the Kokoda Trail
Some paying the supreme sacrifice with courage that did not fail.
To the icy land of Korea, the steamy jungles of Vietnam
And the heroic battle of Kapyong and that epic victory at Long Tan.
Fathers, sons and brothers, together they fought and died
That we may live in peace together, while at home their mothers cried.
When that final bugle calls them to cross that great divide
Those comrades will be waiting when they reach the other side.
Paul Lacey – Director
What are you reading?
I was on the phone to a friend and former colleague a week or so ago and this question came down the wire (is it still a wire?)… PG, what are you reading?
I am somewhat known to be a reader. That said though during many of my years as a working leader, save for the email inbox, the daily paper, the monthly professional periodicals and the occasional deeper read, books didn’t feature in my leader’s reads. Simply not enough hours in the day, and when the hours did appear the brain just couldn’t commit the space to reading books.
One of my core Leadership Mantras of sorts though is that ‘leaders are readers’, and so I did try and commit to a book or two when going on annual leave with the aim of returning to work a little fresher and better than when I left. These past two years or so I have read more books than I had in the decade prior beyond doubt. Many that I have read of late I so wish that I had read a little sooner. But never too late right?
So, the ensuing convo with my friend went something like this…
“PG what are you reading?”
“I am part way through five or so titles right now, so can I reframe the question?’
“PG what have you recently finished reading?”
“OK let’s go with that question then.”
“The Present” by Dr Spencer Johnson.
“Tell me a little more about The Present.”
“The Present is not The Past and it is not The Future. The Present is The Present Moment. The Present is Right Now. The Present is A Gift. Do The Best you can TODAY.”
– Peter Godfrey ‘PG’.
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 (or refreshed), provokes a thought, causes you to pause and ponder, is interesting. Occasionally I’ll add something-completely-different too.
Optimism, Enthusiasm, Empathy and more
Learning, Unlearning, Relearning
From the ever reliable HBR, here’s some absolute gold I have been sitting on since November last year: “Investing in our ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn helps us increase our readiness for the opportunities that change presents and our resilience to the inevitable challenges we’ll experience along the way”.
Random (or perhaps not so random) ‘Quote’ of the Month
It’s always time for a little piece of wisdom from Marcus Aurelius…
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
~ Originally from the poem ‘Recessional’ by Rudyard Kipling…
Mock Interview Workshop
Here’s a couple of pics from a recent Mock Interview Workshop.
It was so good to be able to deliver this one face to face.
We are BACK!!!!!!
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