Well I’ve made it through another long week... the difference is that this one will be followed by a few days off work – and I could really do with the break.
I’m planning a few trips to the gym and a bit of time tapping away on the computer keyboard to try and finish or at least progress a couple of ongoing book projects, but most of all I’m looking forward to just relaxing with Elaine, perhaps with a glass or two of vino for company.
During the past week, I travelled down to Birmingham for a Mentoring Skills course. Work courses come in many different shapes and sizes and some are perhaps more interesting than others... and this was definitely one of the former.
Theory is one thing, but the putting into practice (with practice being the appropriate word) of the various skills and methods was fascinating. Those who know me will be well aware that if I had my own trumpet I wouldn’t blow it (although I do hold a Grade 3 merit in that particular brass instrument...), but the lady who took the course had some very kind words to say about my technique... that’s questioning technique (tut tut) and I came away feeling that mentoring is something I want to take further.
I did have one “double take” moment when we were introduced to Johari’s Window... I misheard and hid just in case there was a knock at the door...
Anyway (and seriously), it’s obviously early days, but the thought that at some time in the future I might develop to the point when I could help to make a positive difference to someone is really exciting. I’ll be doing a bit of back-ground reading (in between the typing and the wine) over the next few days and who knows where it may lead?
For now though... Muscadet!
All my own work... almost.