(And six fun things I get from being Bettina’s Dad) I think I can safely say we are not an especially religious family, however, we do often say that our youngest daughter Bettina is a ‘gift from god’ (we also say that she is our ‘crown jewels’). This morning, Bettina is in our sitting room… Read More ›
We are coming to the end of our coffees and, in Bettina’s case, hot chocolate. It is a Sunday morning and you can always find us in a café before the weekly shop. Joyce (my wife) is giving me serious eye contact which I am returning back to her. It feels like a face off,… Read More ›
Welcome to this year’s December Leadership Pack 2018 The Christmas Annual. I would like to start the review with thanks and gratitude to those who have contributed to the monthly pack throughout 2018 and which I have included again in our ‘Annual’ such as our Resilience Coach, Damian Piper’s contribution. I would like to thank Joyce… Read More ›
“Hello…….Is there anyone there?” Bettina is calling from upstairs and looking over the banister. Our home can be noisy and the atmosphere is always filled with laughter and chatter 99.9% of the time – there are, after all, four adults living together in Bettina’s house. This evening, our house is unusually quiet, two of the… Read More ›
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 ›
Being #BettinaReady means taking ownership of being prepared without making it someone else’s priority/task. It is also quite reassuring to be ready on time and equipped and ready to roll.
At the start of each year (since 1988), instead of making resolutions (who keeps those?), I make commitments. The very word means that you are going to commit to a course of action (there is no going back!).
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.