I was born in the 1950’s. Actually, right at the beginning of them.
I apparently experienced rationing (I remember the orange juice, and the bottles of milk (it was long before Margaret Thatcher).
I also remember when we had to book two weeks in advance to make a call to Australia, Polio, Diphtheria and other things that make “Call the Midwife” feel like a documentary.
I have been remarkably lucky. I did not have to pay to go to University, and got to go and explore places before they got to be tourist destinations. I got to meet people for whom money was a consequence of kindness, not a pre determinant.
I have done conventional corporate, been a CEO, and an owner of my own businesses. I have had real success, and the occasional dose of failure. I have experienced this all over the world, from China and India, to the USA, to Switzerland. And Grimsby.
But mostly, I found out what to do when we don’t know what to do. When there are few precedents, even fewer rules, and the only way to get somewhere is not qualifications, rank or status, it is to work with those around you and find a way.
I have been married for 40 years to a teacher who demonstrates every day what a teacher can be, and learned it is something to aspire to.(Clue: it’s not about objectives, KPI’s or Money)
in 2000, right at the point of where I could really capitalise on my corporate life achievements, I found out it wasn’t worth it. So I decided to find a way to something that was.
It’s what I do now. Enabling Genius in others.