I was at a 50th birthday "wild hog" celebration last week, golfing at Celtic Manor, home of the Ryder Cup in 2010. Things certainly got off to a "wild" start, as in the excitement of meeting up, we somehow managed to tip a whole jug of hot coffee over the birthday boy. Rather than worrying about any burn damage to his leg, his main concern was whether the coffee stain made it look like he had "shat himself", not the best look for someone just turning fifty!
Anyhow, the inevitable reminiscing that occurs at events such as these, got me thinking about how things have changed since I started working. It is hard to imagine now, looking back, how businesses functioned without digital technology such as computers and smart phones. Gone are the typing pools, the handwritten messages, and the rabbit warren like offices.
I was also, recently, at an Enterprise Nation event for small businesses hosted at Microsoft's smart and shiny offices in Victoria (London). At this event, amongst other things, we were given an excellent book by Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer for Microsoft UK, entitled "The Rise of Humans - How to outsmart the digital deluge". The theme of the book is all about the need to take back control from this digital development.
Although my favourite part, of the book, was actually the reference to Charles Handy's five elements for a great portfolio career, which also shows how work, or more precisely careers, are changing.
According to Handy, success is achieved by getting the right balance between: paid work (your day job); fee work (for specific products or services); gift work (e.g. charity or community work); home work (family time) and finally study work (learning and development time).
So far I have managed to achieve four out of these five, since setting up my own business www.pamah.org in 2012.
Anyhow, for the record, on the golf trip, we stayed up drinking in the hotel bar to way gone 11pm, and we didn't complain that much on the whole trip, apart from our demise on the golf course. Wild hogs indeed!