Monday 2 March
In 2011 Artist Candy Chang turned an abandoned house in New Orleans into a giant chalkboard and invited passers-by to complete the sentence ‘Before I die I want to …..’ The answers covered the full range from comic to aspirational but even the comic ones, like ‘I want to be tried as a pirate’, reveal something of the writers’ genuine dreams and yearnings.
I had the privilege this week of attending a wonderful memorial service for an old friend. It was a genuine celebration of a life well lived. I was struck by how many people said ‘David would have loved it’ and I don’t think they meant just the selection of old hymns! He would have loved what people said and remembered – even though the memories weren’t all rosy! Our friend was not in the least famous but he influenced a huge number of people. He lived his life with firm purpose and put his energy into things that were genuinely important to him.
In the middle ages it was customary to include a ‘memento mori’ in a portrait painting – a skull or other symbol that was meant to remind the person of their mortality. They did it as a remedy against pride. Maybe we need something similar, like Candy Chang’s wall, to remedy our modern sins of apathy and ‘putting it off’.
So how would you complete that sentence? Whatever comes up, that’s your heart saying something to you. Goals and dreams – don’t ignore them, don’t put them off, don’t leave them till the time is ‘right’ – it may never be right. Our time here is limited and precious, we won’t get it again. Let’s really use it to the full.
You can hear more about Before I Die by Candy Chang in her TED talk here Before I Die
Saturday 30 August
Both Phil and I come from a background in education and September 1st always feels like the new year for us. It’s a time to review how far we’ve come and make plans for the year ahead, especially thinking about new training needs for the people we work with, and of course for us personally! This year I’ll be studying for a Diploma in Small Business Coaching from the Coaching Academy, aiming to build on my long interest in helping entrepreneurs (and would-be entrepreneurs!) with a more coaching approach.
There’s plenty of evidence that learning and exercising your brain keeps you young! What will be your new learning? What will be your new goals for the year ahead?
PS If you work in education check out our special offer on personal workshops and coaching: a small appreciation for all the hard work that’s about to start for you again!
Tuesday 15 April
On 1st December 2012, Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) under the Freedoms Act 2012. As a result CRB Checks are now called DBS Checks. This was much more than a change of names. Organisations working with children and young people and adults who may be vulnerable will need to be clear on changing arrangements and obligations.
Did you know that…
* it is illegal to apply for a DBS Check unless the role is eligible for one.
* you have a duty to report volunteers to the DBS who are dismissed or removed from Regulated Activity (or would have been if the person had not already left) because they harmed or posed a risk to an individual.
* DBS checks are now portable (you can take them from job to job) for the first time.
A Half day Briefing could help you feel you are up to date on all the changes. Are you in Waltham Forest? Sign up for the session on 1pm in Waltham Forest. Check details at
http://www.voluntaryaction.net/training/briefing-dbs-checks-previously-crb-checks or ring us directly.
Saturday 8 March
My grandmother Annie-Rosa and her friend Nellie at the Gas Works, part of a 1916 style photo-shoot aimed at promoting trousers as safer work wear for women. Apparently no one else would volunteer to be photographed in them till my grandmother and her friend egged each other on! The women had to change back into skirts before leaving work, lest they shock the delicate sensibilities of the Peckham public. Thanks ladies, you did your bit.
Sunday 31 March
Welcome to our new website!
We still have some work to do inside, but with Easter here and just the hint of spring in the air, it feels like the right time for a new beginning, so here we are.
Teleos is changing direction. After 12 years of working to develop organisations we’re increasingly finding ourselves working with individuals through coaching and career change. We’re seeing more and more people who want to work for themselves and we’re just loving the chance to help more baby businesses get off the ground! This year for the first time we’ll be running our own programme of courses and we’ll be expanding our successful programme of 1:1 workshops.
We’ll be putting details up over the next few weeks and writing more about what we do so, keep an eye on our blog and our new Facebook Page or contact us here.
Change your life. Build something new. Grow your organisation.
Phil and Barbara Miller
Teleos Training 2013