Being Bettina’s dad
My inspiration for what I do
Driving home from a family get together in Manchester this weekend, I reflected on how Bettina has, once again, enchanted everyone and I am reminded, yet again, how much she inspires her family. Bettina’s wider family have followed her progress since she came into our world over 30 years ago. A person who was at… Read More ›
Climbing out of my snow hole, I received a letter from home. This was no mean feat as I was somewhere in the Arctic Circle and about a month into a winter deployment with 3 Commando Brigade. It was the news I had dreamed of from Joyce– we were going to have a baby! I… Read More ›
In this post, I talk about how Bettina relates to people and reflect on what is most important in life.
Bettina has always been true to herself – she doesn’t compromise on being authentic. Regular readers of my blog series ‘Being Bettina’s Dad’ will know that I have learned so much from how she acts and moves within her world.
In our family we each have a code of conduct, but we all work and support Bettina’s code of conduct.
As a leader you want to make a dent in the world, to make a difference in people’s lives and leave the place where you live and/or work a better place than when you found it. Someone who does this, and from whom I have learned, is Bettina.
So this post is about ‘Influence’. I think it is perhaps one of the most important traits of leadership. When you have influence and when you influence others you know you are a leader.
We had booked into the outdoor activity centre ‘Redridge’ at the end of the 1990s, a place Bettina and I were to visit annually for a number of years where we rock climbed, abseiled, trekked, canoed and even walked up a mountain together.
Over the years we have nudged many professionals working with Bettina out of their comfort zones by persuading them to take risks and push Bettina’s knowledge and skills forward, on the basis that until we do this we will not know what she is capable of achieving.
One of the many lessons Bettina has taught me, that I strive to include in my life, is that no matter what has gone on in her world the day before, when she wakes up to Joyce’s knock on her bedroom door she is ready ‘to go again’