Work v Life – from Hugh MacCleod

With apologies to all my sincere friends, no offence meant. If you take yourself so seriously that you can’t cope with even the slightest hint of criticism then you really ought to get out more (or find yourself a life coach).

I dislike the phrase “Work Life Balance”; it co-exists in that unreal world of “Life Coaching” where “Quality Time”, “Alignment” and “Fulfilment” are made to appear easy to achieve and where you “can have it all”.

Frequently used by people who have done a weekend NLP or correspondence course they give the whole of coaching a bad name.

I am a coach and I was a dentist. You cannot be a successful dentist (& I was) without considering the whole person. Am a successful coach? I’ll go with Thomas Leonard’s view: “‘The best coaches don’t think they are. And some of the weakest coaches think they are great“.

‘You can not coach an individual without regard for the whole person, so some of the time I must be considered to be a “Life” Coach but it’s not a phrase with which I am comfortable.

My belief goes with the opening words of M. Scott Peck’s book The Road Less Travelled, that Life is Difficult and the sooner you get used to it the better. I have no time for the “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” just read this one book, it’ll change your life, everything will be hunky-dory and we’ll all live happily ever after. Rees’s take is Men are from Earth, Women are from Earth – now just deal with it.

Work is a huge part of life, the most successful and happiest people I know work extremely hard, they spend large amounts of their lives doing what they call work. But (& it’s a bloody big but)  they make sure they enjoy what they do whatever it is.

Regular readers of this blog know that I am a big fan of Hugh MacLeod his writings and drawings as featured in Gaping Void. So as we head into a new year this struck me as being an appropriate cartoon.

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The Monday Morning Quote

The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times…

the best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”

Mihály Csíkszentmihályi

Merry Christmas

My love of, and enthusiasm for, “popular” music used to be frowned on by my parents and some of my friends. I am from a generation that was told that The Beatles “will never last”, that  The Rolling Stones “were unspeakable animals who should be locked up” and “you can’t take music performed seriously by people called The Who, The Kinks or The Grateful Dead.

Often the people who were quick to criticise loved Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra or the saccharine sweet synthetics of the 1950s. Doubtless they would have told me that White Christmas was a “proper” song for Christmas.

They were wrong. Once the sublime opening salvo of Once in Royal David’s City from “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” is discounted “A Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl is THE Christmas Song.

I first heard this version of the song on RTE Radio 1 last year. Adapted and performed by Gerry McCardle with Colette Proctor it goes to show what a wonderful wordsmith Shane MacGowan (not forgetting Jem Finer, who co-wrote it) can be.

I hope that you have a peaceful Christmas and get set because 2011 is going to be full of challenges.

The Nativity – The Digital Story

Merry Christmas one & all, do try and leave your keyboards alone for a few days.

Update your complaints procedures.

I’m in demob mood, it’s the eve of Christmas Eve and there has been an excess of serious stuff to deal with for most GDPs this year. Please take some time away from your profession and resolve to see the farcical in the excesses of bureaucracy that are threatening to take the joy and spontaneity out of your life.

Just imagine how much fun you could have slipping this example of your typical response to “feedback” from your patients into your practice manual, ah well you can but dream! (Thanks to The Word newsletter for this)

H&S hasn’t reached West Cork yet

The big freeze hasn’t passed West Cork, inspite of being “kissed by the Gulf Stream” as the tourist brochures would have it there have been very low temperatures and snow falls.

At one of the dental practices in Skibbereen, the practice owner was quite concerned about the weight of snow on the flat roof of the building. Taking a tip from the Father Ted book of management he got his dental nurse to get up there with a brush and clear it.

Nice to see female emancipation hasn’t got past Bandon yet.

You can only think of this.

Or was it this?

The Monday Morning Quote

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career.

I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.

And that is why I succeed.”

Michael Jordan

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