Dear Readers,

Clanmother has been nominated for the distinguished Family of Bloggers Award by Cristi M at Simple.Interesting. I am honoured to accept the nomination because, in my opinion, our blogging community is about being a family.  Bloggers from across the world, come together to create a community that thrives on the exchange of ideas, information, knowledge and wisdom.  We live, write and breathe diversity. We may come from different countries and cultures, even speak different languages, but one thing is certain: we all want to make a difference.  With every post, every comment and every photo, we add value, humour and encouragement to the conversation.

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.”
Anatole France

I have been reading and re-reading the comments to The Change Equation: The Beginning.  My deepest thanks goes to all those in our brilliant and discerning blogger community who joined the dialogue.  Your humour, joy and wisdom have added so much to this discussion and to my personal understanding. It appears that the change equation will have a series of iterations.

“If I see any more signs on the walls of my workplace that tell me to be the change, I cannot be held accountable for what I may say.”

That came from a very good friend.  She’s intelligent, strong and full of cheerful humour. I knew exactly what she meant.  I want to be the change – my way – not at the whim of a business mantra that dictates the terms of change.  Brave words, but here is the situation: If our world is experiencing the strong winds of exponential change, we can be certain that we are being buffeted by those same air currents.  Words and phrases like productivity enhancements, strategic direction, and robust execution are bandied around as if we were dots on a graph, or a number in an equation.  And it was this line of thinking that gave me my “change” equation.  I was attending one of those embrace the new seminars, scribbling my notes on paper, when my pen stopped in mid-air, before landing on the paper to write, in bold strokes the equation:  N + t = Y.

 No + time = Yes

I knew that by the end of the seminar, the majority would be unhappy with the reorganization, but it wouldn’t be long before these same people would accept and happily acclimatize to a new environment. We will change, but we first say “no” to fresh ideas.  Even those amazing (and often annoying) souls, who seem to accept everything with cheerful gratitude, must undergo a series of decisions before plunging headlong into the unknown.

Dear readers,

Clanmother has been nominated for the celebrated The Addictive Blog Award by Maarit-Johanna and her addictive blog, History of the Ancient World.  I am honoured to accept the nomination because, in my view, our blogging community is about being “addicted” to bringing our world together.  We may be separated by oceans, continents and mountains, but in “blogging” miles, the distance is small, even irrelevant.  Conversely, our world of thought and connection is ever-increasing.  Henry David Thoreau understood this concept years before the advent of our amazing technology:

“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.”

I was told to wipe the smile off my face, if I was going to be taken seriously.  The article was clear, to the point, complete with a set of instructions on how to tilt the chin, make eye contact and minimize the shrillness of my voice.  Beware of overusing the smile.  Leaders employ this technique with careful precision to diminish the likelihood of being taken as the junior assistant.  Too much smiling is hazardous for those climbing the social or corporate ladder. If I follow “leadership protocol” in my body language as prescribed by experts, I am certain to pass the networking gauntlet with flying colours.