My daughter, Alyssa (on the right of this picture), has been a client of the Centre since she was 7 months old. She’s now 11 and a half years old. Over the years, the Centre has provided so much time, expertise, assistance and care for our gorgeous girl and the thousands like her who need our help. The Centre is not-for-profit, so relies on grants and donations to provide its services to the many thousands of children and adults across our State who need it.
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While discussing leadership with one of my coaching clients, he commented that part of his leadership development came through owning his own business a number of years ago. Having to ensure that business came through the door, that standards were high and the workers were on the job – all while going towards feeding his family – meant that he felt total responsibility for the work requirements. That basic, elemental part of his leadership – the sense of personal responsibility – is something he has carried over to a highly successful career in a large corporation. And it is a vital quality that activates and sustains leadership.
But developing an appropriate sense of responsibility in yourself and in others can be difficult. How do you do it?
Amazingly, my local Dymocks Bookstore (who are a great bunch) have got a hold of Australian Rock Legend Jimmy Barnes for a book-signing for his new memoirs, to be held Friday morning November 10.
“How did you get him?” I asked the ladies.
“It was really hard. We had the opportunity. Lots and lots of phone calls. I can hardly believe it – won’t believe it until I see him sitting there!” said one of the family who owns and runs the store.
Persistence can pay off, even in my end of the world!
Barnes would have a fascinating story, I’m sure. I’m interested in Jimmy more because he has a child with cerebral palsy, as I do, (superannuated rock stars we already have in the family – Dad) and how he has coped with that given his fame and undeniable musical success.
Anyway, it’s impressive that even this very small business can get a hold of a megastar like Jimmy Barnes (and I believe he’s visiting some of their other stores in Perth). In a day and age of rapidly closing bookstores around the world, this family’s bookstores continue to thrive because they keep putting in special efforts like this. A great lesson for anyone.
If you’re in the area, drop on by Dymocks Ellenbrook on the 10th and pick up a copy of his book, signed by the “Working Class Man” himself. I’ll be there singing along with everyone else, too!
Bravo to the Scholars and Fellows of St George’s College at the University of Western Australia. This past Sunday, my wife and I joined a crowd of over 150, crammed into the Hogwarts-like Dining Hall at St George’s, by the beautiful Swan River. With its elegant stonework, wood panelling, stain glass windowed bay, and stunning wooden arched vaulted ceiling, it’s a rare treasure in Perth.
There, we enjoyed numerous Schubert pieces – sometimes bleak, sometimes hauntingly beautiful, sometimes vivacious and often quite surprising – by talented older musicians and the younger ones they mentor. The enjoyment was enhanced by the elegant setting and the more intimate environment, rather than a large concert venue.
Astonishingly, Schubert died at the age of 31, yet wrote a huge array of brilliant songs and pieces for a wide variety of instruments and groupings. What a talent! And no internet to prod it. Who would have thought ? 🙂
We were able to hear the amazing Paul Wright on the violin, whom I’ve not heard for decades since my family enjoyed his brilliant association with the Ukrainian Kashtany Group in Perth. Raymond Yong delighted us both with his light touch, yet definitive and driving performances on the bright and sumptuous sound of the Fazioli piano. Louise McKay impressed on the cello (which recalled to my wife her joy playing as a youth). I enjoyed the rendition of Ave Maria (which I recall singing for my brother’s wedding) sung by Brooke McKnight. And we were impressed all around by the skill and musicianship of the other young students we heard, all of whom are now studying music. It was a joy!
Visit “Music at St George’s” here at https://musicatstgeorges.squarespace.com/. If you can, visit the gorgeous little campus for a tour of the chapel, library, dining hall, castle parapets and cozy quadrangle that manages to feel like a bastion of peace and isolation in the city and go on to support these fine musicians: There’s a piano competition coming up, which should be impressive!
I have been on extended holidays with my family (hence the Missed Monday Morning Missions) and was reminded of the power of customer service. We had one longer trip and stayed at a hotel we have used before. The hotel is in need of a refresh, but has a wonderful central Atrium feature (more…)
Today marks a public holiday in my state, occasioning the celebration of the Queen’s Birthday (i.e. Queen Elizabeth, one must assume). I have no idea why our State celebrates that date and does not celebrate the June marking of the Queen’s birthday, which is not actually the queen’s birthday, but an occasion designated by previous monarchs for the purposes of celebrating “the royal birthday”. Queen Elizabeth’s actual birthday is April 21. All I know for sure is that our Governor sets the date each year for our State and that it can even change each year. (more…)
Believe it or not, I actually have fun with my clients.
(I’m the not-as-young dude on the left)
Having fun in our work is important. It’s important with my clients, too, because having a good laugh about things helps break down unnecessary resistance by putting us on the same page, introducing positivity and providing perspective. Sometimes it’s like the old MASH saying, (more…)
Fads are big everywhere – socially, politically, in business, in government, in education, health and wellness, you name it. It seems people are never immune from taking up a cause or idea with minimal understanding and maximal enthusiasm. It’s depressing.
For those who’ve not yet read, I am running the True Grit Commando-style obstacle course on October 29 and am using the occasion to raise funds for The Ability Centre. My daughter, now aged over 11 years old, has been a client of their services for most of her life.
I was just there today with my daughter Alyssa, trialling a new walking frame to assist in her walking and getting about for longer distances, while being able to “carry” something with the frame. The time and care that the staff put in is wonderful. They had to put up with Alyssa complaining about being asked to try the new equipment, yet managed to get her into a decent mood about it!
I’m hoping to raise at least $1500 for the Centre and in the 2 and a bit weeks since I announced the fundraising, we’ve received almost half of that amount. Thank you to everyone who has donated and to those who have shared the fundraising posts or page. Sharing the information is just as important as donating, as someone else may be in a position or have the desire to give to this cause too. The beauty of a fundraising site like everydayhero is that your donations are immediately sent straight through to the recipient – in this case, The Ability Centre (for Cerebral Palsy) in Perth, Western Australia – so I don’t see or handle a cent of it, it just goes straight through.
I’ll keep posting to this blog and to the everydayhero site for progress updates and will, of course, share pics from the event in due course.