To text or not to text that is the question

I've been a fan of Textingas I am sure most people have been since those early days of 10p a text I think it was once... 

Today there are hundreds of ways of messaging people... Text, WhatsApp, Messenger, Twitter, linkedin, Hangouts, Skype, Pinterest, Instagram... and that is just scratching the surface with the most popular ones. Often if you receive a message and don't catch the notification you can be wading through the apps trying to find the message.

Like Email; an absolutely amazing innovation when it first appeared... you could send a message anywhere in the world to anyone pretty much instantly... before that it had been 5 days in the post, or expensive phone calls, or... telegram... now I'm going back!  ... telex anyone, facsimile was also there in the mix but way more expensive than email which is FREE! (-ish)

But what has this instant communication actually done?
A lot of the naysayers will immediately say that it has stunted communication and no one talks to an…

Political decentralisation... the next step after Brexit mess?

With the Local Elections around the cornereyes are drawn away from Brexit for a moment. 

These local elections are being earmarked as a barometer for how the electorate are responding to the fiasco in downtown Westminster at the moment. Except... as soon as the Brexit extension was agreed, the place was vacated; Easter holidays!

Local elections have typically had a much lower turnout than General Elections. Seemingly less significant somehow and yet... it is the people on the ground locally who act as councillors that have the illusion of power in our own communities.

But ... maybe times are changing?
With central politics in real chaos, the party system failing miserably, what we are maybe witnessing is the collapse of a dinosaur... a prehistoric animal fighting for life as its world begins to disintegrate around it.

The basics of the government world still persist as virtual armies of civil servants continue to keep the wheels turning, whilst the self serving (not all), ego driven, …

Where next with Brexit?

I didn't vote in the referendum about Brexit, and have oft been chastened about this as a result. The main reason I did not vote was because either outcome was likely to be filled with discontent amongst great swathes of people and the agenda behind the referendum being offered had nothing to do with the vote itself.

We are in a right pickle and no mistake. 2 years later and the date to leave the EU long gone and we look no nearer to solving the puzzle than we did the day after the referendum results came in.

This referendum has caused such a deep divide amongst the people of this country it might never get resolved in some quartersThis referendum was actually designed to settle the EU debate once and for all and went horribly wrong when the expected result was not returned. It has since gone on to be a catalyst to question the very approach to politics in this countryA result which the majority in 'the house' never expected and don't actually support anyway... and yet …

High self esteem is not the end game...

I've been on a good few personal development coursesthat have shared how we can see whether we have high or low self esteem...

I can confess that having started to be aware and recognising the 'symptoms' of low self esteem it is at epidemic levels. You can actually fairly quickly run through your list of contacts pointing out those with low self esteem, so obvious it becomes, when you know what to look out for.

However I was watching a video by Eckhart Tolle about self esteem and ego... and it was interesting in that there was some deliberation about the state of the mind when we have high self esteem.

High self esteem basically is about feeling good about yourself but mostly in comparison to others around you. So if we have more qualifications, are better at some things than others... a bigger car or more beautiful house... then this feeds our self esteem and confidence.

This growing of our own self esteem however comes at a price... the reducing of another's self est…

The power of Art in communicating an idea

My previous post asked the questionabout what do you see in the image of the tree that represents Link4Growth and the 7 principles that underpin it...

When this image was first created in October / November 2015 it was designed to illustrate what Link4Growth stood for and to list the 7 Principles clearly. This would enable the person explaining the Tree to cover off all the main points behind what Link4Growth stood for.

Over the past year I have been enlightened somewhat through conversations that our behaviour can hinder what we are trying to achieve without even noticing it. One such behaviour is "the desire to tell people something because we think that it is important for them to hear what we want to say". Most often without their permission or desire to hear it at all!!

Whenever I have reached into my bag to take out the laminate above (we have 5 others to explain different areas)... it has always been on the basis that people have asked what is Link4…

What do you see?

What do you see in the picture below?

The Laminate itself was produced around October 2015 and was created to explain Link4Growth and its direction on Jan 8th 2016 at the Link4Growth 1st Conference.

You will observe in the roots of the tree; 7 principles are written. These principles were carefully crafted back in 2012 as the fledgling organisation was attempting to define the 'essence' of what Link4Growth was about. The importance of these 7 principles was somehow not really appreciated I feel back then, a little glossed over so to speak. Nowadays however, as an evolving Association that is owned by the 'Friends of Link4Growth' and one of few pioneering in the 'Leaderless Organisation' space, the significance of what underpins the organisation is vitally important.

The actual image was the result of around 50 hours of discussion with the artist who sought to capture the 'essence of Link4growth' and represent it in image form. There were many... many mo…

Liver Cleanse - Part II - What really happened?

I must admit when Greg started to talk to me about Liver cleansingI thought these things never work. I've heard about detoxes and programmes to cleanse before and if I'm honest I think they are mostly gimmicks to relieve us of our money with some great marketing blurb...

But Greg is no fraud and he has taken a freely available process of cleaning the Liver (and gallbladder) which was developed by Andreas Moritz, added his own minor modifications and supports people though the process... he has helped 1500 undergo this totally natural process without a single incident other than what is expected from the treatment.

This isn't about making profit... this is an 'open source' well documented (through reports and experiential comment) cleanse that anyone can choose to do... not backed by any company, working with the body and encouraging the internal organs involved to do what they do. The liver is one of the largest organs in the body and looks after about 500 function…