May 2020

Learnings From Lockdown?

Having been in lockdown now for the last nine weeks, I had the pleasure of being able to finally socialise. It was the first weekend where restrictions had been eased in Melbourne and it was fun to connect with old friends and share some delicious food and wine

“What have you learnt during Covid-19 lockdown” was a question that was posed last weekend at a dinner party I attended. The responses to the question were quite varied. In brief, they ranged from “realising how much money I was spending on trivial things, increasing my cooking repertoire, relearning a musical instrument, having to work on my mental wellbeing, realising how much I appreciated exercising, how much I missed connecting with people, how much I enjoyed working from home and how much I hated working from home, the difficulty of home schooling, appreciating the complexities of teaching to releasing my inner introversion”.

The discussion firstly provided wonderful insights into the diversity of thinking in the group. Secondly, articulating what we had learnt was a useful reminder that every situation offers us opportunities to learn. Thirdly, this process of reflection and sense-making is an essential component in adult learning.

As restrictions continue to ease and we slowly begin to re-emerge into a post Covid-19 world I thought that it could be worth taking some time to ask that question to your team, your friends and even your family. You might be surprised at what you learn!


In this podcast, Tom discusses the practice of journaling and the many benefits it can bring as a part of self-care and mental health.

Click here to listen.



Book Recommendation:


Range : How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, David Epstein

A colleague of mine Brian Donovan recommended this book to me. In the current times, the theme seems very apt indeed. In Range, David Epstein shows that the way to excel is by sampling widely, gaining a breadth of experiences, taking detours, experimenting relentlessly, juggling many interests - in other words, by developing range.

Studying the world's most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, and scientists Epstein discovered that in most fields - especially those that are complex and unpredictable - generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. They are also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can't see. Range proves that by spreading your knowledge across multiple domains is the key to success rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area.

Range explains how to maintain the benefits of breadth, diverse experience and interdisciplinary thinking in a world that increasingly demands hyper-specialization.


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