The Bubble Bursts!

The bubble bursts! Are you prepared for your Covid-19 bubble to burst?  I know you’re ready! We’re all ready for a significant change in the way we’re responding to the pandemic, but are you actually prepared? September has always been a threshold for seasonal change in my part of the world. We’re hovering on the edge of harvest, the end of family vacation time arrives, the kids go back to school and the urbanized adults find themselves back at work with new imperatives for business success. This year September’s transformative role is being presented as far more than the normal … Continue reading The Bubble Bursts!

Does ‘work-from-home’ betray the 19th Century Luddites?

Would the 19th century Luddites, predecessors of modern labor activists, support the implementation or move to suppress this suddenly popular ‘work-from-home’ movement? Are we betraying the Luddite vision of a healthy and happy work environment? Technologies, and the new imperative are creating a fertile petri dish for development and discovery of new ‘work from home’ protocols. Petri dish;HA! This is an improvised cauldron brewing up a tempting mulligan stew that has the potential to forever alter the social fabric of business and commerce. Not everyone at home is working. Is the Covid-19 virus becoming an excuse for something the Luddites … Continue reading Does ‘work-from-home’ betray the 19th Century Luddites?

What have you done during Lock-Down?

What have you done during Lock-Down? A colleague positioning himself to re-enter the job force navigated the ATS gating to the point of first interview where he was asked; What have you done during lock-down? Surprised by the question he gave a playful answer. Sadly, the tone and brevity didn’t carry him through to a second interview. What would your answer be? What should it be? Total disclosure: I have done the following; · Taught courses on-line for a contract training firm Began re-writing curriculum, and looked at developing new stuff that I could present to serve my own self … Continue reading What have you done during Lock-Down?

Waiting for the Silver Bullet–dreaming about the future

Waiting for the Silver Bullet–dreaming about the future This situation isn’t going to last forever.  Some bright spark is going to sort through all the data we humans and our new AI servants are collecting to find the silver bullet that will bring this virus to its knees. The challenge is that whatever the silver bullet is it won’t be the magic bullet we need to push the reset button on the economy and society in general. Take a deep breath. This is going to take a while. Waiting for the silver bullet The concept of social and physical distancing … Continue reading Waiting for the Silver Bullet–dreaming about the future

Mazatlan magic

We are out in the world, experiencing the magic of Mazatlan during an uncharacteristic early spring break. Heck, I don’t normally take a break from the Alberta winters at all, so this little 10 day trip is quite special. We arrived in Mazatlan at the end of ‘Truck week’ and left as ‘MotorCycle Week’, AKA ‘Bike Week’ drew to a close. The flight with Swoop Airlines was relaxed, uneventful and relatively inexpensive. I’m impressed by the staff, their attitudes and the quality of service. You’d never know it is supposed to be a ‘no-frills’ airline. They retained their poise and … Continue reading Mazatlan magic

Allow yourself to be seduced by the distractions of holiday travel

Allow yourself to be seduced by the distractions of holiday travel. We often pretend that traveling, taking a holiday or being on vacation will be an opportunity to ‘get stuff done’ while hanging out in the airport transit lounge, enjoying the sun drenched balconies of rented accommodations and lounging on crusty sand beaches, however it rarely works according to plan.  As my own adventure draws to a close I can say that I’ve made a lot of notes, scribbling nearly indecipherable entries in my idea book, but to be truthful my productivity has been pretty much non-existent. I haven’t read … Continue reading Allow yourself to be seduced by the distractions of holiday travel

The Adventure continues, and we really start to get some traction

We had a fitful sleep going into the Wednesday of our journey, the day we moved out of London and headed north to the Lake District.  Our host’s live-in girlfriend had worked late the night before, arriving back at the mews at 1 AM, and the two of them churned for a time trying to debrief on the day, organize for the next day, quietly padding around the flat like two dogs circling and circling before settling in for the night. We had spent a lovely day the previous day doing our own bit of a churn, setting off mid-morning … Continue reading The Adventure continues, and we really start to get some traction

Day One departures

Leaving home can be a stressful affair, fraught with the oh-mi-gawds, and did-I-remembers.  This leaving was no different, especially the part where I stressed out over the weight of our suitcases, thinking forward to the number of times we’d be hauling them through strange airports.  But as a ‘day one‘ goes our journey and adventure was somewhat uneventful and quite comfortable. When we got off the tiny commuter plane from Edmonton to Calgary, we were quite relieved.  Things were going well, just a bit cramped. I, in my usual way, was worried that our big bags wouldn’t make it onto … Continue reading Day One departures