Winston Churchill Fellowship

A huge thank you to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, for awarding me a Winston Churchill Fellowship.  This also wouldn’t be possible without the support of my employer.

It was a huge surprise for me in November 2014 as I arrived home to see a large Department of Internal affairs envelope awaiting me.  My immediate thought was ‘What have I done wrong?’

The next day it was announced and it’s been a whirlwind of preparation and networking at all hours ever since.

You don’t get the chance very often in life to go offshore and spend time to learn, understand and develop new insights.  It’s not for a formal course, qualification or conference – instead it’s self directed.

Opportunity knocks and it’s putting me outside my comfort zone.  Reminds me of Outward Bound all those years ago.

“There is more to us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less.” — Kurt Hahn, Founder

Interested in applying in Winston Churchill Fellowship?  Have a look here.


Starting out – the first blog

And so it begins. I’ve talked for too long about starting a blog, and finally here it is.

This will start out as my thoughts on economic development, as I head to the US, Europe and China on a Winston Churchill fellowship in mid 2015. Along the way it will include other perspectives on people, strategy, and change and how they all link to high performance. Where will it go from there?

Makes me think – what is it that holds people back? From starting, from continuing, from finishing. The answer is a whole lot of things…fear, procrastination, lack of resilience, attitude, impatience….

So, there it is. I’ve started, and it wish I’d done it earlier, because I’ve actually shipped that post I’d thought about for so long, and guess what, It only took 10 minutes to write on a bus early in the morning.

I’d appreciate your feedback and if you’re really keen, be my guest blogger…