Learning in life and all sorts

Over the month of February, I’ve been hosting a range of people on my blog asking them the question: What has been your biggest learning in life? I wasn’t sure what response this would elicit, or what people may end up writing about. I was careful in my question in that I didn’t want it to be focused on work, or organisations. Life encompasses everything, and since we are always everything, this question felt like the right one to ask.

Today, I’d like to pay tribute to my guests and have a carnival celebrating their insights they’ve shared with you all, and taken the time to pen their thoughts. It’s been fascinating for me to learn about and read what people have wanted to contribute, and I’ve enjoyed them all.

Peter Hros kicked things off, and gave fascinating insight into what growing up in Slovakia meant for him, and how it influenced his career, mindset and determination. Saying I don’t know and have no fear of being wrong, have stood him in good stead and I hope it continues to do so.

Diane Lee came by and wrote her first guest post for me which was pretty exciting all round. She talked about how you are in control of your own life, and you can’t control for all the things that should be happening. Wise words indeed, and Letting go, was the key thing for her.

I enjoyed having Robert Weeks stop by and give us his thoughts on how we mature in our roles while within a business. Working with, not for others was a good reminder that just because requests are made it doesn’t mean we have to bend over backwards to meet them.

We were given some pretty solid Life Lessons from Bina Briggs, which really brought to light some of the adversity many before us have had to face, are currently facing, and how making the best of it helps you come out the other side a stronger person.

A question many of us ponder in our working life is Why exactly are you at work?. It was a good question from Patrick Mullarkey, which he answered very well, with illustrations of his own path! It’s not often we can find a role that allows us to be our best, and those of us who find it are the lucky ones.

I love a good story, and Jon Bartlett most certainly delivered. Per ardua ad astra (through adversity to the stars) was a great piece of writing and storytelling about the power of giving someone a chance.

Kate Griffiths-Lambeth gave us a fascinating piece about the journey her life has taken her on and how it broke down in life stages for her. She described it well when referring to Life’s learning ladder.

It’s always interesting to read how and why others use social media, and Margaret Burnside helped us to see how the likes of Twitter can be very useful in gaining access to not only good knowledge, but the opportunity to share, network and meet others. Learning at my fingertips helped capture Margaret’s thoughts quite nicely.

The final post was from Zoe Mounsey, where she talked about Learning to be happy with good enough. This resonated with a lot of people, and the personal reflection on how sometimes, not being perfect is ok, is a good message and I’m thankful to Zoe for writing it.

And there you have it! Quite the series over February, and it’s been a pleasure to host everyone. Experiments like this are interesting and fun. I found even though I may have wanted to blog myself, hosting for others is quite the task in itself, so I have blog post aplenty to write in the coming weeks! More, though, it’s been great to open up the blog in this way to others. There’s a lot to be said for collaboration, and I’m a big advocate. Thanks to my guests, and thanks to you all for taking the time to read their thoughts.

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Learning to be happy with good enough

I’d like to welcome Zoe Mounsey to my blog today. Zoe is currently in the final throes of studying for her MBA via an Open University programme. I’m in awe people choose to take on such studying once they’ve completed their higher education, and applaud everyone who does so. She also keeps her own blog, which is rather worth keeping an eye on for when she has time to write more.

My OU (Open University) tutor reminded me of an interesting word this morning – ‘satisficing’ – a decision-making strategy that attempts to meet criteria for adequacy, rather than to identify an optimal solution (Wikipedia). The everyday phrase I tend to use is ‘good enough’ and it pretty much means the same thing. I used to be a bit of a perfectionist particularly at work and would spend hours tweaking and editing my reports until I was happy with the outcome. My perfectionist tendencies came into play with my non work activities too, with me spending hours planning perfect holidays and days out. Good enough just wasn’t in my vocabulary – it had to be perfect.

Now after having children alongside studying for a further degree there are just not enough hours in the day for everything to be perfect and so I have had to learn to be satisfied with ‘good enough’. But it hasn’t been an easy journey.

I remember my first performance appraisal at work after returning from maternity leave and being very disappointed with only ‘satisfying objectives’ rather than ‘exceeding expectations’. But why had I expected more? The organisation was undergoing massive change, I had moved roles with little guidance and support, was working without a clearly defined job description and had started the MBA programme at the same time as returning to work. There was so much more going on in my life there was no way I could give the same level of focus to work as I had done previously. I still worked hard to achieve my objectives and while still being ‘engaged’ I perhaps didn’t go the extra mile as often as I would have done previously.

I am now in the final few months of my MBA and luckily am no longer working, however with two young children my studies don’t always benefit from my full undivided attention. Assignments are considered complete when they are ‘good enough’ rather than perfect and sometimes that even means when they reach the word limit. Key texts are skim read and only tutorial activities that are a ‘must do’ are completed. Exam preparation tends to be about strategic selection of topics and can be a tad nerve wracking. And as a strategy it isn’t doing too badly so far. Though I have to admit that it is sometimes hard especially when I get an assignment mark back and I think with a bit more effort that could have achieved a merit (I am not delusional enough to think distinction!).

So today when my tutor asked me whether passing my current module was enough or whether I was looking for more I answered honestly – a pass is good enough, I mean, is anyone (other than me) really going to care what grade I got in my MBA? What has been more important is the learning journey that I have been on both in terms of management knowledge and skills and about myself. All of the experiences of the past few years including juggling work, kids and studying have changed me. And on the upside hopefully by being satisfied with being good enough in my studies then I can focus on being good enough in other areas in my life too.

Over the month of February I am hosting guest blog posts and the invitation is open to all. If you’d like to take part, the question you have to answer is: What has been your biggest learning in life?

Learning at my fingertips

Margaret Burnside is someone I enjoy connecting with very much. She’s worked in the L&D field for most of her career and brings a lot of excellent knowledge and wisdom to the table when talking about pretty much everything! She’s a great person to share stories with, and I enjoy her open approach to learning new things.

Learning is a huge subject! My biggest learning is hard to pin down – it feels like a continuous process with no great leaps forward, except perhaps when I ‘got’ Twitter!

My lovely boy set me up with a Twitter account – TomTom’s Mum I think it was called … It had an obscure password and after not really using it much I forgot the password, so did he (he was 9!) and that was the end of that!

Twitter continued to intrigue me and thanks to the little bit of learning from my earlier foray, I confidently stepped into the twitterverse again. This time I explored further, more consistently and persistently and gradually started to get it. In fact, in those early days I think I was probably quite evangelical – guaranteed to switch those teetering on the edge not to step in! I slowly realised the powerful learning tool I had in my hand (literally with my iPhone then iPad) and opened myself up to a wide range of learning opportunities.

Following trusted people enables my learning to be ‘filtered’ and relevant and following a few authors and celebs widens my learning of a different sort!

Investing 10-15 minutes a day typically produces some rich learning and a longer investment allows me to follow some great links to blogs, research, articles and L&D content. What I didn’t fully appreciate was the value in learning about social media and Twitter itself. I’m seen amongst my non-twittering peers as a bit of an ‘expert’ and have delivered webinars, twitter coaching and even a Tweeting service to my L&D colleagues.

As a long term career L&Dist (over 25 years) I’m still constantly amazed at the learning potential Twitter puts literally at your fingertips. And whilst technology has enabled lots of new ways to learn and to share learning over those years (e-mail, PowerPoint, Internet ) I don’t believe I have ever been so engaged in continuous learning in such a way that it is woven into my everyday life.

My big disappointment is that I’ve never learnt what a celebrity has had for breakfast!

Over the month of February I am hosting guest blog posts and the invitation is open to all. If you’d like to take part, the question you have to answer is: What has been your biggest learning in life?

Life’s Learning Ladder

Today’s guest post is from @KateGL. Kate is a jolly smart person who writes interesting things about leadership and what leaders can aspire to be on her blog – Leading Light. She makes the time to comment, talk with and interact with people daily and has built a good many relationship from it.

I’ve had such a wonderful life to date, full of variety, amazing people and things that have inspired me. It’s hard to pick a single learning and describe it as my “biggest”. Every day I learn something new and each learning in its way is huge, because without the foundation of knowledge that I have within me I can’t progress to the next stage. It was due to my inability to provide a single, simple answer to @naturalgrump’s request for an account of “my biggest learning in life” that, initially, I was hesitant about contributing. Then I realised that it is the creation of my attitude towards my experiences that is my biggest learning. I have grown to appreciate that I can draw upon the things I have done and, more importantly, I now understand that I can use all that I have learned from the past to help me going forward. The ability to apply old learnings to new scenarios is part of what makes us human and can result in wonderful outcomes and at times a few laughs.

The capacity to acquire new skills and understanding and to use them as struts in the ladder to the next level of skill or experience is a natural part of human development. Shakespeare wrote about “the seven ages of man”:


“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. As, first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

There is a similarity between the ages of man and the progression that can be made in a corporate career. A smooth flow from stage to stage, with new skills acquired along the way to enable promotion and success at the next level. In learning & development circles, most of us are familiar with the leadership pipeline:

However, outside the corporate environment, we take a similar route in life, regardless of the job we finally end up doing. We cannot progress successfully to the next stage without acquiring the basic skills for the level at which we are at. It seems to me that I have learned from each step so far and, without consciously knowing it, I have used each distinct level to equip me for what is to come:

Infant – the first few years during which we progressively learn to see, to gauge distance and differentiate, to touch and hold, to balance, to walk, to talk, to appreciate that we are an individual (although most of us are convinced that the world revolves around us). I learned about the value of having people around me on whom I could rely. I learned that although I like blue Smarties there are others who prefer the orange ones.

Schoolchild – without the earlier learnings it would be impossible to benefit from being at school. School is not just a place for gaining the skills to read, write, present a lucid argument, to explain and anticipate an outcome; it is also where we first learn to be part of a group and how to interact with strangers. I was the leader of a popular gang. I was also at times ostracised and bullied. I learned how people interact with each other and how much most of us want to be loved.

Teenager – Like most of us, I experienced highs and lows of emotion as the hormones that controlled my moods raged through me. I begrudged the responsibility my parents tried to inflict upon me and I enjoyed “being an adult” with my friends. I grew to appreciate how insecure most of us are and hence how keen we are to be accepted and/or to make an impact. I learned to power of love and the dangers of infatuation.

Student – Being a student was the first time that I was responsible for me and the repercussions of my actions. It was also the first time that I found myself mixing with a truly diverse collection of people from all over the world. I began to appreciate the fact that a combination of knowledge and skills can produce a better answer or result – I was a member of a pub quiz team that was invincible, because each of us were specialists and our combined strength was much more powerful than each person competing on their own.

Worker – Amazing, people wanted to pay me to contribute towards the success of their business! However, I had to learn to comply with rules and regulations, even if I did not agree with them. I learned that success is founded on much more than just academic results and that the solution for a problem can come from various routes. I learned that communication is often the biggest issue in an organisation or between people and that the lens through which you see things will impact your outlook and the way in which you articulate your point of view.

Partner – I learned that life is a balancing act and that there is more to life than work. I learned the meaning of commitment, trust and the joy of sharing things with a person you really care about. I also learned that at times a relationship can be hard and hurtful, but that, if it is important, it’s worth making an effort for others.

Parent – this was the time when I discovered that I am prepared, without question, to sacrifice myself and all that I have for the people that mean most to me. I have experienced such joy and suffered such angst whilst being a parent, but I wouldn’t change a minute of it to make my life easier. I found strengths within myself I did not know I had – and just when I couldn’t cope any longer (e.g. with sleep deprivation or teenage disputes) things changed. I have learned to have faith in the fact that, no matter how awful a time seems, the tide will turn and things will change.

Leader – I really care about people. I want them to achieve their own goals and exceed their own expectations, as well as those of the individuals around them. I enjoy inspiring, supporting and encouraging, as well as helping people to learn. I have co-founded businesses where all we had was a concept and a laptop and, with the right team, we built an award winning business that was exemplary in its field. I have watched people grow and become what they never believed they could be capable of. I am truly lucky and privileged to share and build the experiences that I have had with the people I have worked with. I learned from each and every one of them and I know that I still have some wonderful adventures to come.

Carer – My parents are growing older and the balance of our relationship is shifting. I am often the carer and advisor, rather than the cared for. It was not until I became a parent that I began to appreciate all that my mother and father have done for me. I must confess that I enjoy being able to do something, no matter how small, for them. It is only a trifling contribution, but being able to save my mother £100 off her car insurance, by teaching her the wonders of the internet and the ability to compare prices and providers was, in a tiny way, a means for me to give something back.

And next… I suspect that the time will come when I will need to be cared for and I will have to learn to accept my decline in ability and strength. That acceptance alone will be learning. It will be a new chapter with many lessons and experiences that I will cherish.

The one thing I have learned, and it is a big learning, is that there is always more to learn, but that the skills and knowledge that you have gained in the past will enable you to move forward.

Over the month of February I am hosting guest blog posts and the invitation is open to all. If you’d like to take part, the question you have to answer is: What has been your biggest learning in life?

Per ardua ad astra

Today, on the blog, I give to you, Jon Bartlett. He’s been someone I’ve only connected with in the last 6 months or so, but I’m glad I have. He forever provides a voice of reason, good humour, and is a gent to compare. He writes his own blog on occasion which is often the good read. I have thoroughly enjoyed this story, Jon shares with us below.

“Just let me out, for f***’s sake – I din’t do nothing” came the voice accompanying the explosive percussion on the cell door.

“Sergeant, please can you have a quiet word and explain the error of his ways to him?” I asked. The response came in that gentle Welsh accent. “I’ll try Sir but he wouldn’t listen to the Corporal overnight.” I mused on this, Cpl Evans was a man of infinite patience, if he couldn’t get through maybe it was time for a different tack. “Ok, wheel him in but warn him on his language, there’s no need for him to make it worse for himself” I sat back to listen to the Sergeant prepare the man, (always a pleasure to hear an expert at work). Soon enough a rather bedraggled looking Junior Technician stood in front of me.

“Ah JT Phillips, I should have known it was you when I was told we had a visitor. Well what’s your excuse this time? Girlfriend dumped you? Lost at cards? Moon in Capricorn? Honestly I lose track”

“They shouldn’t have arrested me” he blurted out

“They didn’t arrest you Phillips, you were ‘accommodated’ out of the goodness of Cpl Evans heart because you were about to be beaten up for being rude to people bigger than you and in all honesty you were so drunk that he decided you’d be better off with us rather than choking on your own vomit in your pit. So lets not hear any complaints about how hard done by you are, be thankful we let you have a blanket, one we’ll need to disinfect I note. Now what was it this time?”

“I got passed over for promotion”

“Are you honestly surprised?”

“That’s easy for you to say, poncey officers with your money and your f***ing degrees, Bunch of jumped up w*****s. Think you know it all cos they give you a badge and some power, makes me f***ing sick.” To be fair to him, he did look rather stunned by what he’d just said, I think it was that look of amazement which made me ask the Sergeant to put him back down. Then however I exploded.

“Right, let’s take that from the top, I don’t have a degree, my father is a builder and I lived in a tiny bungalow not some ruddy mansion. I had to work hard to get where I am, be that at school or at the RAF college. So let’s be clear about who I am shall we? Why did they give me the rank? Well I guess because they saw something in me and said, here is a guy who can lead people, who will care about the people under his command. You know Phillips I don’t think I’m any better than you, merely that I have different skills. They made you a technician, because you are clever enough to mend satellite tracking systems, me I can barely wire a plug. So let’s not hear any more bleating about how tough things are. You failed to make corporal or indeed something more because you want to blame everyone else for your lack of achievement instead of standing up and being counted. No one has the right to promotion, you have to earn the trust and respect of your peers and seniors. You want to waste your life in a haze of drink and regret then you go right ahead but don’t bring it to my door, or to Sgt Williams or Cpl Evans. They could have arrested you on a charge of drunkenness. I could have you arrested now for insubordination. My staff have tried to help you – yes I’ve checked the records as I’m only new here – you seem to be a fairly regular visitor to our humble establishment, but no more. We are tired of giving you chances, the next time we see you we will charge you and I can assure you the Commanding Officer will see fit to deprive you of your liberty for a while. So think on that and as you would routinely say ‘F*** off’ out of my sight before I change my mind.”

The Sergeant came back a few minutes later “Well it had to be said sir but I don’t hold out much hope.” I thanked him for his efforts and headed back to my office.

A few days later there was a knock on my door. A very shamefaced JT Phillips had come to apologise. It was the end of a long day and I really wasn’t in the mood. I grudgingly accepted his words, it was more than I had thought I would get to be honest. Then however he asked if I would sponsor him for promotion. I told him that it should be his Flight Commanders job. He admitted that his boss had refused, infuriated with Phillips attitude, deaf to his protestations. I asked him why me? He said it was because I had given him a chance, that underneath his bluster he knew he was destroying himself, the fact that I had let him off a likely charge had shown him that he couldn’t just blame the hierarchy, he needed to step up. I took all that with a pinch of salt and sent him away to write 1000 words on what skills, knowledge and experience he could bring to promotion, and crucially, why him rather than all the other applicants. I figured that would be the last I would see of him.

A week later he was back, the paper was tatty, dog eared, had tippex everwhere but he’d done it. In 987 words he wrote eloquently of his childhood and his desire to escape his upbringing, of how the RAF had provided him with a family which he had then sadly abused as he didn’t know how to deal with kindness. He wrote of how his experience could save others from a similar path.

So who learned more from the experience? Him or me? I’m not sure. I know he went on to become an engineering officer and to a successful career. I know that this event happened almost 20 years ago but it remains fresh in mind and is still a reminder to me to look beyond the surface of everyone I meet. I guess that day is still probably helping both of us to continue to learn.

Over the month of February I am hosting guest blog posts and the invitation is open to all. If you’d like to take part, the question you have to answer is: What has been your biggest learning in life?

So, why exactly are you at work?

I have only known Patrick Mullarkey a short while on Twitter, and he’s quickly becoming a good person to know. He writes on his own blog – Mentoring Mullarkey – quite regularly and is a good one to add to your blogroll.

When I saw that the theme of @naturalgrump’s guest posts were going to be what was your biggest learning in life, part of me hesitated. I just thought that as I get older I realise that I really don’t know a lot, and a lot of my personal and work life has been about trial and error. In saying this, I have only recently applied to myself a lesson that I felt I had learnt some time ago: what motivates you in your work will either be a life saver or taker, from a professional perspective of course, as opposed to anything literal (this is a guest blog post not Murder She Wrote people!). But why did I not apply this lesson sooner?

I feel I can say with some confidence that the most valuable lesson I have now accepted as a rule over the course of the last year/18 months is about acknowledging what motivates me on a daily basis in my work. This might come as a surprise to some of my friends whose reaction is ”Hey didn’t you work in HR? Aren’t you meant to already know all the career management stuff there is out there to advice others?” – well yes, up to a point, but the reality can be quite different.

One thing my work experience and studies (McClelland Theory X and Y anyone? What about some hygiene factors at the back?!) was that people are motivated by different things in terms of their choice of industry and roles, but I had not applied that to myself as readily as I had thought. I had become so head down and obsessed with the ‘doing’ and working my way up the career ladder in HR that I did not stop to take a moment to wonder if the ladder was leaning against the wrong wall.

With the new strategic models/theories of the HR profession this can happen. I certainly felt I was told more about what I should be, and what I should not be – and let us take a moment for those no longer with us: Personnel, reactive HR and ’Policy Police’, may ye all rest in peace.

In doing so I had convinced myself that it was very much a win-lose game in terms of my career, thinking the following was the career path was all that I had ahead of me without considering alternatives:

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And it drove me mad that I was not further along this journey, that it all seemed to come much easier for peers who seemed to be a better ‘fit’ for the industry despite me working my guts out.

I had to get to a pretty bitter and low point about it all, until I just realised that actually I had become wrapped in the expectations and rewards that I had thought I should be receiving and never stopped to think: “Do I actually enjoy this and, if not, what do I enjoy that I could be doing instead?”

This was both a terrifying and electrifying moment – I had realised that I might have made a mistake with the HR generalist route and wasted valuable time and resources trying to climb up that ladder. However, I had the opportunity to jump off on to another and, the most exciting part of all, it was all within my control.

I started digging deeper and realised that, actually, I had constrained myself for so long in wanting to fit a path that was not of my own choosing that I had kind of lost track of myself and this was why I was not further along where I ‘should’ be in comparison with my peers. They were going at their work with a positive intention because it was something they truly loved, whereas I had become distracted with what I felt I was owed.

It was scary – you work and study at something then realise that you it not what you wanted for yourself – but I managed to hitch my star to the L&D wagon, and I can honestly say I have never been happier in a role. I finally feel I am on the right journey, which looks a lot more like this:

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I suppose the point I am trying to get across in this post is that before you start setting out plans of what you are going to do in your career and what it is you actually want to achieve, consider really carefully the ‘why’ behind it all -why do you enjoy different aspects, why do you want to do this, why is this a better alternative to other career routes etc. Make sure that if you have certain expectations or goals they are your own and not a route or path you feel obliged to follow because the rest of the crowd are doing so.

You have to enjoy what you do, that way you will got at it with real feeling, passion, and in doing so are more likely to reap results and have fun along the way. We all might know and accept this as a lesson learnt but, as my experience has taught me, applying this to our day-to-day work lives is something quite different.

Over the month of February I am hosting guest blog posts and the invitation is open to all. If you’d like to take part, the question you have to answer is: What has been your biggest learning in life?

Life Lessons

It’s a pleasure to host Bina Briggs on my blog today. I’ve been talking with Bina for a good while on Twitter, and have only met her the one time at a tweetup in January last year. Since then, she’s been a regular reader of not only my blog but has built a lot of good connections with all in the #connectinghr fold, and regularly talks with everyone. She hasn’t started her own blog yet, but after guest posting for Alison Chisnell, Doug Shaw, and now me, maybe she will?

When Sukhvinder Pabial @naturalgrump tweeted about publishing guest blogs on learning and development, I immediately knew that I wanted to write something. Well, here goes…

Everyone has a story to tell, you just need to have the curiosity to ask the right question and there is a unique life story unfolding right in front of you. There’s always a lesson to be learnt from their story, if you want to.

All my life I feel I have been blessed in so many ways, mostly though of the support of people around me, may that be family, friends, colleagues or business acquaintances. One of the major lessons taught by my parents was to give without expecting anything in return and life finds a way in returning the giving in abundance. This has been interwoven into the fabric of my being.

No matter what curve balls life throws at me, I know that I have my inbuilt intuition to see me through, but more importantly, there’s always a helping hand extended to me without asking! The lesson is to know how to gratefully accept that gesture of genuine help.

As a young girl in Uganda, brought up in a traditional Indian family, life was all about extended family, friends and school friends. I was lucky enough to go to Bombay (Mumbai) to study. A land so alien to Uganda but oh so exciting, so much to learn! Here again, I was supported by my extremely large but loving extended family and I also met people whom I now am lucky enough to call my lifelong friends.

The curve ball came at us in the form of Idi Amin and before we realised what was happening, my family and I left Uganda penniless and arrived in the UK.

Here we go again, a land I knew very little about with not much in common other than the history that joined my two homelands to it.

The inbuilt self reliance kicked in and I found a job in 4 weeks at the local airport. The landlord and his family, the neighbours and the work colleagues all took me/us under their wing!

Over time, I seem to break the mould each time, but then I’ve never thought of it as being different, it’s just me! This includes being the first Indian woman to work as a telephone operator, or in a shift environment in a Computer Centre. Recently another curve ball has turned into a blessing in disguise.

Starting own company in deep recession could be seen as madness; however, the generosity of networking colleagues has been amazing, Twitter, #ConnectingHR , #thebreakfastclub, BNI to name a few! Two things that have helped us when it comes to business and life are, “Givers Gain” and “It ain’t what you do, it’s the way you do it”!

Each time though, people have extended their hand of friendship, shared knowledge, helped me with my goals and enriched my life beyond my wildest dreams and they continue to do so…Thank You! x

Over the month of February I am hosting guest blog posts and the invitation is open to all. If you’d like to take part, the question you have to answer is: What has been your biggest learning in life?