99 years of achievement
I’d like to wish a really Happy Birthday to my Aunt, Mai Tallent. Mai is in hospital in Kilkenny and is doing well. She has had a very full life over the past 99 years.
Mai was born Mai Gorey from Sheestown in County Kilkenny. She trained as a butter maker, spent two years in Ramsgate and then returned to Bennetsbridge Creamery. She married, “the Squire” of Sheestown, Jack Tallent, my uncle (my father’s older brother). Jack was one of 15 kids, a large family by any reckoning. She received many visitors yesterday and loads of cards and well wishes.
Procrastination is a form of self-torture. But, what lies beneath?
Many years ago, I was an enthusiastic (but poor) canoeist. At one point I knew every bend in the Liffey and Boyne rivers as we were out practicing most weekends. On these wide, fairly slow moving rivers, canoeing is relatively safe. But one of the dangers is getting caught in a ‘stopper’, the spot at the bottom of a Weir where the water churns back on itself. It’s possible for canoeists to get stuck in a stopper, upside down, underwater. When this happens it’s dark and disorientating and can be pretty dangerous. Thankfully, most canoeists make it out of the turbulence. Some don’t and die.
What’s your Party Piece? Being insanely good at something is the root of career success
My Aunt Moya was a nun, a nursing sister who spent all her life taking care of old folks in a geriatric hospital just outside Paris. Moya was a formidable lady – having done a stint as the Mother Superior at one point. In her later years she didn’t hold any post of responsibility but continued to work as a nurse well into her 80’s. She had sort of adopted the 10 kids in our family and we were quite close, albeit because of travel restrictions in her community, we only met every couple of years.
Executive Coaching: Does it Deliver?
Do you believe that your performance could be improved through coaching? Perhaps you’re somewhat skeptical, like the author of a US book called: “You go, girl! That’ll be $300” (Savage, 2006). I’ve been working in this particular space for 15+ years and have come to believe that the very best coaches are in the questions rather than the answers business. Let me demonstrate this by detailing a typical listing of questions.