For many years after graduating, I was engaged in three main areas of activity– bringing up my children, earning a living and being active politically and in local community organisations.
Of course, my children grew up, there were moves in jobs and neighbourhoods and major political changes took place.
Many life lessons however, were continually reinforced, whether it was in the lecture theatre, the council chamber or at a child’s birthday party.
For me, the most enduring of these have been:
There can be no doubt that the jobs people do, the places they live, the money they have, bring to bear unequally on the extent to which such limitations are suffered. For many years I focused on working to bring about the social and political changes necessary to lessen those inequalities. Such action is still needed; in some parts of the world desperately so.
If, however, we are to have the mutual respect which needs to underpin any joint endeavour, be it a public/private sector partnership, a voluntary committee or a task based company team, it is also vital that as individuals we develop:
It is on these tasks that I have come to focus.
This has entailed paying attention to the ways in which people think, learn, share and make decisions. Given how much of these processes takes place in meetings of one kind or another, I have also given a great deal of attention to how meetings are most effectively designed and run or, at times, dispensed with.
Building on teaching, management and research skills and experience, and extensive experience in organising and facilitating events, I have obtained certification in meeting management, in competence in the use of psychometric instruments, including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator®* and as an NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner. I have also created my own personality type assessment system, Rainbow-Plus ®.
* MBTI® is a registered trade mark of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Trust