Feeling battered and bruised

Today is day 9 of my quarantine, and I am feeling better, my cough was less aggressive overnight. I now feel battered and bruised, I feel breathless and my chest really hurts this morning. It is as if I have been kicked in the chest. I can take paracetamol for the pain and I canContinue reading “Feeling battered and bruised”

01/04/2020 My faith in humanity is confirmed

What a truly lovely bunch of people we all are. Over the past week I have witnessed how kind and compassionate people are. I have had messages every day from people I have known for years and from people I have never met. All of them wishing me well and showing genuine concern for me.Continue reading “01/04/2020 My faith in humanity is confirmed”

28/03/20 Boris, Disney, and coughing

Well it turns out I have something in common with Boris. Get well soon Boris and Matt. This disease does feel like a juggernaut relentlessly rumbling around the world in an unstoppable wave of destruction. The only way to beat this is to stay inside as much as you can. Reducing contact reduces the abilityContinue reading “28/03/20 Boris, Disney, and coughing”

27/03/2020 Sunshine, applause, and gratitude

Wasn’t that emotional last night? I stood on the back step as Lisa and the boys were at the front door and I didn’t want to get too close. For those of you that know me you wont be surprised that I shed a tear. In October last year I gave up my Nursing registrationContinue reading “27/03/2020 Sunshine, applause, and gratitude”

26/03/20 Day 2 of quarantine and appreciating all the compassion there is around us

Only the dog was willing to be in the photograph. Yesterday I started with a persistent cough. That persistent cough has now changed into waves of coughing fits and spikes in temperature. So I fluctuate from feeling OK to feeling really unwell, which is irritating to say the least. My chest is killing me dueContinue reading “26/03/20 Day 2 of quarantine and appreciating all the compassion there is around us”

24/03/2020 Stay at home, save a life.

I missed yesterday, I worked a 12 hour shift and just was too tired to write anything when I got in, plus Boris was on the telly when I got in. Boy a lot has happened since I last wrote an entry. On Sunday after I had finished my entry we raced across to ManchesterContinue reading “24/03/2020 Stay at home, save a life.”

Look after yourself by caring for others

There is plenty of research that shows caring for others actually restores us and improves our own sense of well-being. We are a social species, therefore concern and care for the well-being of others is a biological need and necessity. If you are worried and anxious, one strategy for alleviating this is connecting with people,Continue reading “Look after yourself by caring for others”

Does your leadership style increase the risk of error

Many of us are taught that leaders must be in complete control of what is happening in their team. This approach however is more likely to lead to error and poor performance. If there is a culture of dominant leaders within your organisation and team, then there is only ever one voice dictating what happens.Continue reading “Does your leadership style increase the risk of error”

Being a leader

At the weekend I wrote about being a parent. It got me thinking about my leadership experience. Mostly how my perspective of it has changed over the years. I have been in leadership positions now for over 20 years. One thing that has not changed over the years has been my instinct on what leadershipContinue reading “Being a leader”

Always Dad

Dad is one of those titles, that once you have been given it, it is yours for life, no matter what. You will always be a Dad! There are however good Dads, bad Dads or indifferent Dads. From a moment your children are born the pressure is on to be the protector, provider and roleContinue reading “Always Dad”