Mr Smith’s Corner

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Our resident contributor, father of four and high-flying partner, Mr Smith, gives us his thoughts for the week…

Highlights:

One sign reads 'Come over here'. The other reads 'How?'.

Effective Communication

Very useful content this week Miss f as the powers that be are sending me on a leadership course in the coming days, so your edition is pre-course reading for me. I am hoping this course is to hone my leadership skills rather than actually learn some! It appears good leaders demonstrate ‘honesty’, ‘openness’, ‘are decisive’ and are ‘conscientious’. Having googled the latter it specifically referred to ‘Good leaders are highly organised….’ Ah, definitely room for improvement there.

Lowlights:

Rugby World Cup. Last minute expensive ticket. 2 hour drive to Twickenham. Australia 33 England 13. 2 1/2 hour drive home and my office is next door to an Australian. Hurting!

Lesson learnt:

Coping with rejection online. Having built up a core twitter following of 25, I was subject to 2 ‘unfollows’ this week, that accounted for nearly 10% of my audience! To be fair at least 10 of the people following me are almost certainly following the wrong person. I am maintaining a stiff upper lip. I am now following @MariaSharapova to cheer myself up (she does not appear to need to follow me though) and @Queen_UK (which is definitely worth a look!).