The kid here isn’t my awesome son, Gus, with the tongue poking out and always busy – though it could be Gussy…!
Like father, like son?! We’ll see! It’s a privilege being his Dad.
Having blogged and podcasted and YouTubed regularly pre-Gus, life has changed.
It seems like yesterday that I was a political adviser, although that was over ten years ago (…!); or when I stood on Wellington’s waterfront and decided to move there – yet that was a decade ago, too. Nearly two terms have passed since President Barack Obama and his Inauguration, and I stood in DC’s National Mall and shivered and loved it, history being made, with people from Illinois surrounding me, cheering for him, for them, and for the future. Days before I had walked the Civil War battlefields of Antietam and Gettysburg, and immersed myself in the incredible silence that enveloped the battlefields.
A recent book I read by the late Professor Jack Falla, an ice hockey fan and journalist, rekindled a desire to experience, and to reflect.
Words are precious. Books by Gideon Haigh and Tom Lewis, David Day and Peter Lalor fill my bookshelves on and offline. I love words and I love writing that is effortless and paints and is free of itself.
Gus already has books signed by Gideon and Gerard Whateley and Peter Lalor, and a signed personal letter from Tony Dodemaide – not bad for a child who can’t read yet. Old school? Unashamedly. And how grateful to those gents am I.
But what is leadership? For me, it’s this quote by then Chief of the Australian Army, Lt Gen David Morrison:
The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.
It’s a standard to aspire to and to challenge yourself to uphold each day.
- MA (Organisational Communication)
- BA, Deakin University
- Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)
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