Should You Choose to Accept It…

Many parents see the return of their children to school this week in Australia and many grandparents see off the grandchildren they mind during the long summer holidays.

Growing up, the summer holidays seemed like the long bright days that would virtually never end, blighted only by the occasional prospect of the return to school subordination. (I suspect they actually gave us longer holidays.) My parents would take a two-week mid-Summer break from the kids by sending us to summer camp for two weeks in the middle of the sweltering heat. Some parents feel like that when they send their children back to school – as per the Officeworks (or Home Depot) commercial, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”. We have always felt the opposite with our girls – it’s a break, a relief and a joy when they’re home with us.

The summer holiday period is milder weather now in my hometown, with the heat tending to come after the holidays have ended and the new school year has commenced. As time passes, the summers also seem shorter and shorter, but their intensity can be just as vivid and just as delightful as those I experienced growing up.

As the seasons of your leadership and career(s) pass, many of them will seem shorter – periods of plenty and lean periods, challenges and smooth rides all – but the intensity can still be just as wonderful. The secret is to maintain focus, direction and effort during those times. Value the experiences. Remember the relationships and the lessons. Be grateful for the good and the bad that can make you into a more complete leader and person.

As you head fully into 2018, renew your focus, savour what the coming year will bring and remember those bright long days of summer fondly.


The Great Leaders Project: Spend a half day with me reviewing the fascinating stories and episodes of some of history’s greatest acknowledged secular leaders [*see following note] and take away lessons that you can apply that day. Date will be in 2018, depending on interest. If you would like to do this in a shorter online format instead, let me know. Register your interest by email to [*Religious leaders would involve too many ontological discussions, but if you ever want to do that, let me know and I’ll work it out – I have a minor in theology and worked in the faculty.]

The Business Success Workshop: Too many people fail to thrive in their business simply because they don’t know how to put everything together to execute. We’ll spend one supercharged day together in an entrepreneurial mindset, with owners, MDs and execs from diverse industries looking to dramatically drive forward their business idea. At the same time, we’ll consider the mechanisms you need to employ to ensure that you thrive personally and don’t lose balance in your life while you pursue your mission! Tentatively planned for February 2018. Register your interest by email to

Transformational Leadership Retreat 2018: I’m using all of my coaching, educational & development expertise, research, resources and personal executive leadership experience at ultra-challenging levels to design the ultimate transformational leadership retreat – everything that can be accomplished in two and a half days does that not involve ropes and a drill sergeant yelling at people! I’ll be bringing in the big guns for designing this one and sloughing off all the dross and dregs of buzzwords and buzz strategies, so-called development and research that merely obfuscate and “lose the name of action”. If you want to be involved, or have a request for something you’d really wish you could accomplish through a leadership retreat/workshop, then let me know while I’m in the design phase. Watch this space!

© 2018 Peter J. McLean

Peter McLean’s Monday Morning Mission – 29/01/2018
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