Close shave…

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Ok guys… it’s got to be done.

Go to Amazon, spend thirty quid, then have a mooch around the Google-sphere.  Find out what’s what… give it a go.

You can’t go on pretending it’s OK.  It’s not.  You’re looking a mess.

If you have another half, whom you trust, to stand behind you with something sharp in their hands, that might be an option.

Otherwise, it’s been six weeks, you look a mess and you have simply got to have a haircut.

The egg-heads, who already shave their bonce, will have no problem with their white-van-man look.  But for the rest, having a Barnet, some luxurious enough to stuff a cushion… a haircut is required.

Yesterday morning, I watched BoJo return to the Downing St lectern.  I’m pleased he’s better.

Errr, how shall I put this?  He needs a haircut.  I know, I know… he always needs a haircut but right now he, really,  n   e  e  d s, a haircut!

Unless he is going to ignore his own social distancing rules he’ll have to be like the rest of us and learn how to cut his own hair!

If he makes a mess of it, we might not notice!  Our leader is experiencing what we are experiencing.  A short back-n-sides is something of a luxury.

Of course, more seriously, he’s just experienced what thousands of his fellow citizens have experienced.  He has learned, what they have learned.  Covid kills and careless Covid policies will kill even more.

Meantime we have all experienced the Downing St press office.  Learned not to trust a word they tell us.  

The PM has gone from: mild symptoms, to; off to hospital for tests, to; going to ITU “to be near a ventilator if one is needed”.  

Finally, the truth.  His testimony.  His experience of heroic nurses who went with him, on his journey.  Leaving their finger print on his memory. 

He’s the PM not superman.  He can be ill like the rest of us.

Remember when BoJo laughed and claimed people would be ‘pleased to know’ that he was shaking hands with everybody… at a hospital caring for patients with coronavirus.  

He invited us to make our own decisions about shaking or bumping… experience might make him more mature next-time?

BoJo, what has he learned?  How about; all men are by mother nature made equal and we deceive ourselves if we think our gods see a bus driver as different to a prime minister.

Being near to death is a frightening place and it will have changed him.  Surely, he won’t take the risk that one more person, one more family could experience what he has.  

Not on his watch.

The good that will come from this is experience.  He will look inside himself and realise something has changed.  It will mature him as a leader.

The study of leadership so often majors on what is teachable, measurable, definable.  Much of it is academic, too much of it, baloney.

Experience is often ignored because there is no short cut to acquiring it.

Putting young leaders in a high performing environment can be an accelerator.  That is why NHS leadership training so often falls short.  

NHS managers, teaching NHS managers, to become NHS managers, doesn’t do it for me.

Six months with supermarket management, at NASA, an international aid agency will be ‘an experience’.  Watching high performing people who are three steps ahead.

Fixing failure gives you the experience of using the resources you have to the best advantage and getting the best of the people around you.  It teaches you to create the time and space for good people, to come good and do great things. 

The experience of starting something new.  During the present CV-19 pressures, so many NHS services and how we go about things, will have changed…  

.. introducing innovation in the face of ‘must’ is a great place to get experience.  It exposes us to vulnerability, the prospect of failure and how to learn quickly… from anyone and everyone who knows, usually on the shop-floor.

Experience comes from hands-on.

Hopefully BoJo will have learned what all managers must learn; 

The ability to deliver high performance and change, often depends on who we experience, like his nurses.

Opening our minds, being willing to learn from others in any situation, using their experience, adding to our own.  Experience

 is like a coral reef… somehow it grows.

The experience of being part of a team, interconnected and interdependent, experiencing what it really takes to make good things happen.

Welcome back BoJo… let’s hope you can make the best of a close shave.

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