Words

Karl Marx Epitaph

This morning was a fresh and sunny end of March day and I am privileged enough to live very close to Highgate Cemetary in London. Walking around a cemetery is a powerful way to Zoom-Out (in the Life & Death dimensions). This is a large and beautiful cemetery and the resting place of some famous…

Steve Jobs as Zoomologist

Steve jobs as Zoomologist… Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only…

Dead Cactus

Metaphors help us to make sense of the world. Metaphors are also useful thinking and communication tools which we can use in business as well as our personal lives. However, metaphors can also form very potent and sticky “perspective traps”. Consider the scenario described to me by Gary during a coaching session after attending a…

Martian Postcard

A writer friend of mine recently gave me a sheet of A4 paper and said, “Here, read this martian poem”.  I expected to see some script in an alien dialect with undecipherable characters. What was written on the paper was the brilliant poem by Craig Raine quoted below. This turns out to be one example of…

Out of Time

A Zoomologists tale… From up here, Jim could see for miles. In fact, as the cliche goes, he could exclaim, “I can see my house from here!”. Well actually, he could see every house he’d ever lived in. The terraced home in London that he lived in until the age of eight when his dad…

This Is Water

“This Is Water” is pure Zoom-Out. It is the title given to a commencement speech (and later a derived written publication) given by David Foster Wallace at Kenyon College on May 21, 2005. Wallace was described as the most influential American author of his generation. His works included the classic Infinite Jest.  This is also the only…

Sandsend

Sandsend Oceans new beat oceans past. Across the seas of moments lost. Walk with me in the here and now. Discover the golden life in the cold rock. Cliffs above us at once may fall. The ground beneath our feet. Will beat a hasty retreat. But this day will last forever. Lovers transcend the sands…

The Perfect Map

‘The Perfect Map’ – A Zoom-Out Fable Once upon a time there was a king who lived in a beautiful palace filled with treasures. In his early years, he would run around his palace, his heart filled with joy and delight at his surroundings. His favourite sight was the ceiling of the great hall which…

SELF PITY

Self-Pity I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself. – D H Lawrence  (1885 – 1930) Words can be powerful tools for helping us gain a perspective on our perspectives. A perspective on our feelings. Words can help…

Solomon Grundy

Solomon Grundy Solomon Grundy, Born on a Monday, Christened on Tuesday, Married on Wednesday, Took ill on Thursday, Grew worse on Friday, Died on Saturday, Buried on Sunday, That was the end, Of Solomon Grundy. – Anon, English nursery rhyme