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  • Bil was right: we can’t time-travel, the present is a gift
    Sep 22, 2020 8:00 am

    Bil was right: we can’t time-travel, the present is a gift

    Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present— The Family Circus, Bil Keane

    Bil was correct. We have all heard the expression “Don’t judge a book...

  • The difference between change versus evolution
    Sep 15, 2020 8:00 am

    The difference between change versus evolution

    In my new reality where I work with anyone from anywhere, I recently participated in a discussion regarding the difference between change and evolution.

    If you are a regular reader of this column, you may have already gathered that for me,...

  • Expanding the definition of diversity in the workplace
    Sep 8, 2020 8:00 am

    Expanding the definition of diversity in the workplace

    ”Let your mind go and the body will follow” — LA Story

    This week the subject of diversity in the workplace came up in one my business meetings and thought I would share a few of the thoughts that...

  • The significance of savouring every day
    Sep 1, 2020 8:00 am

    The significance of savouring every day

    “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” — Winston Churchill

    Sometimes the hardest part about a journey is realising that you are...

  • Our working world has really gone global
    Aug 25, 2020 8:00 am

    Our working world has really gone global

    It used to be the saying that when it came to effective business development you needed to think globally and act locally.

    However, if the events of this year have taught me anything, the key to business growth now is to think locally but...

  • The importance of being genuine
    Aug 18, 2020 8:00 am

    The importance of being genuine

    ”Your life is not about you. It’s about everyone else who’s life you touch and the ways in which you touch it.” — Neale Donald Walsch

    One of the most interesting things about the changes that are...

  • The Cup Match cricketing legends of Sleepy Hollow
    Aug 11, 2020 8:00 am

    The Cup Match cricketing legends of Sleepy Hollow

    As you might imagine, the ongoing global health crisis has provided me with just about all the “me time” I can handle.

    Don’t get me wrong, I have been pretty upbeat about the situation for the most part and come up with all sorts of novel...

  • Overcome complacency and start something new
    Jul 28, 2020 8:00 am

    Overcome complacency and start something new

    ”Lead, follow, or get out of the way” — a quote widely attributed to Thomas Paine

    As you might suspect, as the creator of inspirational content, I also follow a select group of world-class thought...

  • Selective motivation will keep you moving in right direction
    Jul 21, 2020 8:00 am

    Selective motivation will keep you moving in right direction

    “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” — Unknown

    If there is one thing that my journey has shown me time and again, it’s that if you are not advancing, you...

  • Living in a new age of collaboration
    Jul 14, 2020 8:00 am

    Living in a new age of collaboration

    This week as I pivot between online development meetings with new business partners in the United States, Britain, Canada and Singapore, I am excited to give you a glimpse into some of the ways that my colleagues and I are expanding a number of...

  • Asking for help: some problems cannot be solved by one person
    Jul 7, 2020 8:00 am

    Asking for help: some problems cannot be solved by one person

    This past week, my business partner, Bill Storie, and I were recording some podcasts and the subject of “asking for help” came up.

    “Oh, that would make a great topic for an article!” I thought.

    So how then, do you write a helpful...

  • What would be the turning point in your story?
    Jun 30, 2020 8:00 am

    What would be the turning point in your story?

    “When you set out in the world to help yourself you inevitably end up helping … Tutti.”

    Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat Pray Love)

    Today’s quote is borrowed from one of my favourite...

  • Navigating through difficult conversations
    Jun 23, 2020 8:00 am

    Navigating through difficult conversations

    “Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress” — Mahatma Gandhi

    There’s an old party game that asks participants to explain if they were stranded on a desert island with just one...

  • A tribute to Kit, my friend and adviser
    Jun 16, 2020 8:00 am

    A tribute to Kit, my friend and adviser

    It is my honour to compose a few words in memory of my mentor and friend J.C. “Kit” Astwood, OBE, who died last week aged 87.

    I had the pleasure of working with Kit when I was employed by the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce.

    Like most...

  • Staying the course to the new normal
    Jun 9, 2020 8:00 am

    Staying the course to the new normal

    Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail — Ralph Waldo Emmerson

    As I thought about what to discuss this week, I initially struggled. In my mind, it...

  • Battle of the species – while cleaning an air-conditioning unit
    Jun 2, 2020 8:00 am

    Battle of the species – while cleaning an air-conditioning unit

    The inspiration for this morning’s tale begins with a heart-bounding shriek so loud they probably heard it in St David’s.

    The drama began when I suddenly decided that today would be the day that I clean the washable filters in my air...

  • Discover new ways to live richly with a whole lot less
    May 26, 2020 8:00 am

    Discover new ways to live richly with a whole lot less

    This week as we embark on stage two of the Government’s phased reopening plan, I have a few thoughts for you to consider.

    Once you got over the initial trauma of being confined to your home and cut off from what — for the purposes of...

  • Are you using your phone to hammer in nails?
    May 19, 2020 8:00 am

    Are you using your phone to hammer in nails?

    Einstein once said: “The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.”

    On a superficial level it seems an obvious statement. If you need a book, then you can have one as long as you know where books are kept.

  • Let the internet make your life easier at this difficult time
    May 12, 2020 8:00 am

    Let the internet make your life easier at this difficult time

    Not too long ago many older people were quite comfortable sitting back and letting someone else programme the VCR or set up their voicemail recording.

    The mere suggestion that they should learn to “Google”, or get an e-mail address or a...

  • The kids are all right – there is a lot we can learn from animals
    May 5, 2020 8:00 am

    The kids are all right – there is a lot we can learn from animals

    Part of the fun of living at the edge of existence where the sea meets the sky, is that even when you are sheltering in place, unexpected things do happen and you never quite know what is going to be coming over the horizon next.

    Last week...

  • The future of work post-coronavirus crisis
    Apr 28, 2020 8:00 am

    The future of work post-coronavirus crisis

    If you have been following the trending topics that are emerging beyond the new updates on the spread of the pandemic itself, you may have noticed that the conversation is already shifting away from surviving during the lockdown to speculating...

  • Boosting morale by planting a ‘victory garden’
    Apr 21, 2020 8:00 am

    Boosting morale by planting a ‘victory garden’

    As we enter another week of sheltering in place, my heart goes out to everyone on this island who is suffering. Whether you are suffering the loss of employment, the camaraderie of friends, the visits of relatives, the gloom of isolation or the...

  • Weird and wonderful budget-stretching tips
    Apr 14, 2020 8:00 am

    Weird and wonderful budget-stretching tips

    Once again, this past week my Yorkie “Sunny” and I sheltered in place at the end of the lane, at the edge of the island, at the edge of existence.

    You might wonder then what I could possibly have to write about, but it’s amazing what you...

  • A moment of humour at the grocery store
    Apr 7, 2020 8:00 am

    A moment of humour at the grocery store

    From the edge of the sea at the end of the lane, in the second most isolated country on the planet I hope you are well and safe as you read this; and making the best of your circumstances. Having said this, if you are anything like me, you could...

  • Stretching your dollar in uncertain times
    Mar 31, 2020 8:00 am

    Stretching your dollar in uncertain times

    As we enter yet another week of life at home, our hearts go out to those around the world who are suffering.

    In a sense, here in Bermuda, we are blessed to be so far removed from the outside world and yet isolation brings with it a unique...

  • Things to do while you are social-distancing
    Mar 24, 2020 8:00 am

    Things to do while you are social-distancing

    Whether by choice or company directive, by the time you read this many of you will be spending more time at home than usual for the next little while.

    Although some readers will have jobs that can be done remotely via the internet, it is...

  • Are you setting goals or just pretending?
    Mar 17, 2020 8:00 am

    Are you setting goals or just pretending?

    So many times in life when the going gets tough, instead of swallowing hard and getting things done, we start looking for sympathy, telling ourselves and anyone who will listen that we are “trying” or “doing our best”, or that the problem is just...

  • Common sense versus blind faith in the age of internet
    Mar 10, 2020 8:00 am

    Common sense versus blind faith in the age of internet

    Not too long ago people believed that adding boric acid to milk was a safe way to remove the smell and purify it when it had turned sour.

    That belief was wrongly intensified by the Victorian authority on all things household, Isabella...

  • Some budgeting tips to get out of debt
    Mar 3, 2020 8:00 am

    Some budgeting tips to get out of debt

    In retirement, as you may have heard my business partner, Bill Storie, remark, “cash is king”.

    And while I completely agree with him that the secret to a long and prosperous retirement is to live within your means and avoid any sort of...

  • Do you have a SMART retirement plan?
    Feb 25, 2020 8:00 am

    Do you have a SMART retirement plan?

    You have heard it time and again: save, save, save for retirement.

    But what about all the other aspects of your life?

    The fact is, planning for your day-to-day life in retirement requires a lot more thought than most people...

  • Exercising your creativity
    Feb 18, 2020 8:00 am

    Exercising your creativity

    “From the ashes of broken dreams rise the building blocks of new adventures.”

    There’s an overused expression that advises, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”.

    From the time I was two, I have always...

  • Is influence prized above trust?
    Feb 11, 2020 8:00 am

    Is influence prized above trust?

    Today I have a simple question for you: Are you trusted? I imagine that many of you quickly answered “yes”, without giving the matter much thought. Note here, though, that I didn’t ask whether you are “trustworthy”, I asked whether you are...

  • Staying relevant by welcoming adaptation
    Feb 4, 2020 8:00 am

    Staying relevant by welcoming adaptation

    As you might guess from this week’s photo, I recently attended the Bermuda Caledonian Society’s annual Burns’ Supper.

    Dedicated to perpetuating the immortal memory of the Scottish poet and lyricist Robert “Rabbie” Burns who lived from 1759...

  • The surprising benefits of service leadership
    Jan 28, 2020 8:00 am

    The surprising benefits of service leadership

    Your life is not about you. It’s about everyone else whose life you touch, and the ways in which you touch it — Neale Donald Walsch

    As regular readers of this column may be aware, the more I progress through life...

  • Balancing your life and career goals
    Jan 21, 2020 8:00 am

    Balancing your life and career goals

    Those of you who know me best might question whether I ought to be offering career advice.

    On the one hand I have never attempted to make my way to the top in a single field let alone inside a company, but on the other hand I have managed...

  • Mastering the backward pass
    Jan 14, 2020 8:00 am

    Mastering the backward pass

    “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

    — Thomas A. Edison

    Last week we chatted about short-term planning and the advantages of breaking large or complex tasks...

  • Setting yourself up for success
    Jan 7, 2020 8:00 am

    Setting yourself up for success

    As much as it might be popular to make new year’s resolutions, I have to confess that I have never actually made any.

    In truth, I have never understood why anyone would wait until the journey is already well under way to begin to think...

  • The best gifts in life are free
    Dec 24, 2019 8:00 am

    The best gifts in life are free

    The greatest gift

    “Your life is not about you. It’s about everyone else who’s life you touch.” — Neale Donald Walsch

    Regardless of your upbringing, there’s a fairly widely known story that gets circulated at this...

  • Freedom to learn from failure and success
    Dec 17, 2019 8:00 am

    Freedom to learn from failure and success

    “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas A. Edison

    Throughout my career I have been surrounded by people who mentored me to do things “the right way” and encouraged me to achieve as high a...

  • Gather with gratitude and humility
    Dec 10, 2019 8:00 am

    Gather with gratitude and humility

    As I round the corner from Thanksgiving and enter the season of light I often pause to consider the many things in life that I am thankful for.

    I don’t think it matters a bit which religion or holiday traditions you follow, the close of the...

  • Does being angry do us any good?
    Dec 3, 2019 8:00 am

    Does being angry do us any good?

    Robin Trimingham

    “Anger is meant to be acted upon. It is not meant to be acted out.” Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way.

    As much as it is socially correct to pretend that you don’t have a temper, I have yet to...

  • Each day brings new moments to enjoy
    Nov 26, 2019 8:00 am

    Each day brings new moments to enjoy

    Changing as you age. “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”. Translated into English, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr’s quote reads, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

    I have always liked this notion,...

  • Budgeting tips for beginners
    Nov 19, 2019 8:00 am

    Budgeting tips for beginners

    As those of you who follow Olderhood will know, my business partner Bill Storie is a Scottish chartered accountant and the undisputed financial whiz kid in the family.

    This is good in that it alleviates me from the responsibility of...

  • To stay healthy, you should always try and keep busy
    Nov 12, 2019 8:00 am

    To stay healthy, you should always try and keep busy

    One of the things I like best about writing this column is hearing from readers of all walks of life. Quite a few of you have reached out to me with comments or ideas for articles and these thoughts are appreciated because they all inspire...

  • It is often an easy decision to make
    Nov 5, 2019 8:00 am

    It is often an easy decision to make

    As those of you who are regular readers of this column will know, I subscribe to the idea that life itself is a journey and that each of us is free to choose the path that we follow and how we interact with everyone that we meet on that journey,...

  • Let them eat cake ... or jam, or cookies
    Oct 29, 2019 8:00 am

    Let them eat cake ... or jam, or cookies

    It was the pampered and hopelessly out of touch Marie Antoinette in France in the 18th century who announced that the solution to everyone’s economic problems was to eat cake because, after all, who doesn’t feel immediately better after a nice...

  • The little things in life can make you feel at home
    Oct 22, 2019 8:00 am

    The little things in life can make you feel at home

    “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less travelled by.”

    Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

    As I was driving the South Shore Road to Southampton on Saturday, I...

  • Are you putting your future in jeopardy?
    Oct 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Are you putting your future in jeopardy?

    No matter what the subject is, everyone always says, “Don’t look back”.

    For the most part I would agree with this.

    Looking back is not for the faint of heart, because you either discover things that you might not want to know or,...

  • How your taste buds can affect your diet
    Oct 8, 2019 8:00 am

    How your taste buds can affect your diet

    This past week while rummaging around in a kitchen drawer I came across a stack of recipe cards for meals that I used to prepare on a regular basis in the 1980s.

    Glancing through them, I unearthed a couple of old favourites that I plan to...

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