Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Day New

Bringing new

Sun through the fog

Pink hue

Is the clarity of destiny for few

Who have chosen?

Will you?

Careful with your giving

Leading the fresh and the chosen

Who have reached for today

Day nearest when I


Day new now

I will be there today

Monday, September 28, 2009

Failing in Comfort

Too ready to meet the fight

Too assured and well fed

Of my needs I have one to meet

To release my greed and fear

Pity that still in comfort I tread

I sit

Lamenting my loss

Waiting for the tension to spread

And the door once more opened

The voices again speak inside my head

Light given

Hope to the dread

Sunday, September 20, 2009

One page memorandum to self

live with integrity; what you nurture grows; be courageous; actions before plans; remember and keep promises; associate with people you admire and can learn from; it is who knows you and what they think of you that counts; true change can only happen in the now; when results are good look through the window, when results are poorly look in the mirror; inability to see yourself as you truly are makes seeing other things as they truly are impossible; do it, fix it, try it; think of what your work will make out of you rather than what it will give you; lead with your ears; identify what you are passionate about and aim to do more of it; dream big; if nobody will pay you to do what you love, you have a hobby not a career; character and values trump personality and looks; you will never achieve more than you think you can; you do not have the big picture beyond your own experience; life has a simple formula: challenge and response; nothing good happens by accident; give your students the exam ahead of time; what you neglect declines; when you see a problem you have a moment of truth: you have a choice how to respond; to lead you must believe a vision that is beyond your proven ability to realize; the path toward your vision becomes clearer with each step; accept everything that happens and your choice of response; spontaneity is not random, it takes hours of practice; more information makes decisions harder not easier; make sure you generate a reasonable number of mistakes; stick to what you can be best at; trust your gut; truth lurks in the metaphor; your values and purpose are defined by your actions; complexity causes lethargy and inertia; let freedom and responsibility coexist; seek simple crystalline concepts; results first – planning second; maintain a stop doing list; experiment; you control your choice of action, universal laws and principles control the consequences; direction is more important than speed; the way you see, your values, leads to what you do and what you do leads to the results you are getting; from the state of your heart proceeds the conditions of your life; thoughts blossom into deeds; disobedience to conscience make conscience blind; you reap what you sow; look after the goose and the golden eggs will follow; begin with the end in mind; between stimulus and response is our ability to choose; do what you say; satisfied needs do not motivate; diagnose before you prescribe; accurate paradigms explain, then guide; balance courage with consideration; good teams accommodate and capitalize on differences; model character and competence; the range of what you think and do is limited by what you fail to notice; put the problem before the answer; separate people from the problem; speak for a purpose; look through the eyes of different experts; insist on using objective criteria; all sunshine makes the desert; don’t defend your ideas, invite criticism and advice; there is plenty for everyone; trust, but verify; value differences; be proactive; stand for something; be open; know what’s expected; use right materials and equipment; do what you do best; recognize contributions; create a caring environment; human see, human do; opinions count; connect with purpose; find the right fit; focus on strengths; respect the individual; define the right outcomes; select for talent; focus on the future; keep track of own performance and learnings; value world class performance; study the best; a compass in every pocket is better than a chicken in every pot; transparency; disclosure; accountability; you build strong teams by treating people differently; to influence others allow yourself to be influenced; insist on realism; know yourself; informality is critical to candor; how you meet your commitments is at least as important as whether you meet them; strategy must be constructed by those who must execute it; divided responsibility means that nobody is responsible; link your long term intent to your next immediate action; you accomplish what you measure, therefore measure the right things; acknowledge the truth about the results that have been created, accept ownership of the choices that drove the results, declare a path forward; at the end of the day, we either have reasons or results, reasons don’t count; you can have anything you want, you just can’t have everything; if you have 60 minutes to make a point take 40 minutes to plan it and 20 minutes saying it; you are perfectly aligned to get the results you’ve been getting; with people slow is fast and fast is slow; seek first to understand, then to be understood; to know and not to use is not yet to know; you don’t keep digging up a plant to see how its growing; whoever owns the gold makes the rules; the longer you project that you have a consistent set of standards from which you’ll never deviate, the more people will learn to trust you; what you are speaks far more loudly than anything you say or do; things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least; manage from the left brain, lead from the right; rather than things and time, focus on preserving and enhancing relationships and accomplishing results; organize around priorities; 80 percent of the results flow out of 20 percent of the activities; focus on interests not positions; invent options for mutual gain; insist on objective criteria; a problem well stated is a problem half solved; there is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come; you can’t see past a choice you don’t understand; know why you want something; never ask the barber if you need a haircut; when you pick up one end of the stick you pick up the other; victimism gives your future away; creativity thinks up new things, innovation does new things; a place for everything and everything in its place; we all leave a legacy be intentional about yours; remember yourself – you are alive; be aware of your environment, it takes part in forming your thoughts.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


Do you behave like what you want is important to you?

What could you do if your life depended on it?

What have you done about it today?

Are you listening to your conscience?

What does it say?


Friday, September 18, 2009

Fleeting moment

I know what I did with those

Dreams will be decided
from now on.

What I did can be done
no longer.

My future follows every action
started and begun.

(1997 - 2009)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Age of the Acrynom


(27.08.97 and reconstructed in 17.09.09)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"Enjoy the upside"

A marketing cliche for fools
they know that
no-one is
ever satisfied
"You should be getting more"
Which gets you
Have they got you?

(from 22.11.1997)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Your Apparition

Holy itself beats its
chest in awe of
the insightful
of your original


Monday, September 14, 2009


for babble the
girl and her shoe
I only dabble when
something is new
here is your ladder
you know what to do
all mad as the hatter
we believe this is true


Saturday, September 12, 2009


to the edge
of repair
Ripened by the
knowledge of recent
Walking with
bare feet around the town
fair the clowns they
swallow all things,
they don't seem
to care


Friday, September 11, 2009

Mixing for Nelly
Life and


Thursday, September 10, 2009


In your face
Flash the royal lady
Still unable to let her go
Even as life slipped from her
You aimed to hold her image
For more gain
A flash, a flash, a flash
You blow a flickered flame

(Written 02.09.1997 in response to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales 31.08.1997)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

And Then

I notice
I breath
I am thinking
Uncommon to realise
The odds of not being


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Council Worker's Revenge

That person
leaning on a shovel
one day be seated
in the tractor used