Blue sky thinking

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I am privileged to have a line manager who believes in my abilities. As part of my professional development my manager suggested I have some coaching. Part of my coaching homework is to identify what my ideal job would look like. Here are my ideas so far in the order I thought of them:

  • An open plan office for project work (this could be virtual)
  • Consultation room for one-to-one conversations and alone time
  • Windows
  • Plants
  • On the second or third floor so that I can take the stairs
  • Adjustable lighting level
  • Flexible working in and out of office
  • Serve a purpose, improve, create
  • Independent temperature control
  • Easy access to a gym, cafe, shops, transport
  • Walking distance or short trip by one mode of public transport from home
  • Space to create – walls, tables, stuff to create with
  • Tools to research and develop ideas
  • Be able to discuss ideas with others
  • Direct reports working under broad direction*
  • Workforce with a balance of skills and experience*
  • Access to a kitchen
  • Financial security
  • Easy access to tranquil outside space
  • Power struggle and politics free

*most of my roles to date have included managing people, maybe not in the future?

I’m happy to receive your suggestions of suitable employers 🙂

A taxing day

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Paperwork
Yesterday trickled like water through my fingers. Our first job was to set up the dining table; the perfect surface to get everything together for the annual tax return. We sorted 12 months worth of receipts into categories ready for data entry and then the motivation to complete the task evaporated.

Spring’s just around the corner
Already the flowers on west facing magnolias are changing from magenta to pale pink while some maple trees haven’t fully shaken off their leaves from last year. Early flowing jasmine buds, tinged with pink look ready to set loose waves of intoxicating fragrance upon the streets of Sydney.

The beautiful blue skied sunny day typical for Winter in Sydney could not be wasted by staying indoors. Following a couple of false starts we walked with Stan from Lewisham, through the suburbs of Petersham, Stanmore, Newtown and Erskineville. We stopped briefly at parks and trees for Stan to mark and connect with our route.

Relief from the dusty road
After walking for five kilometres we were ready for lunch at Bitton, a French inspired cafe in Alexandria. An outside table and a bottle of Baron Edmond de Rothschild Les Laurets, Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion were the perfect accompaniment to slow roasted pork shoulder with fennel slaw and a salmon burger. We did not really need the bread and pudding with sauce Anglaise or rhubarb tart, but it is still Winter after all!

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Following lunch it took just over one hour to walk home through Erskineville, Newtown, Marrickville and Petersham. An afternoon nap and the satisfaction of a ten kilometres round trip were the perfect tonic to ease my hot feet.

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View toward Erskineville from Bitton Cafe.

Sunflowers and Chimneys

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Sydney Park has undergone a major transformation over the past two decades. The land was originally given as a grant to a convict woman and has since served Sydney as a site for crops and food production, brick making, gas storage and waste disposal. When the New South Wales state government first envisaged turning the site into a public green space in the early 1980s, a key factor in transforming the site was to preserve some of the history associated with it.

Spanning 44 hectares, the park is the largest in Sydney and is connected by about 12 kilometres of pathways. The vast majority of the vegetation on the site was planted as part of a community effort in the early 1990s. The park now has nine hectares of gardens and 28,000 native trees, including 277 Port Jackson and Moreton Bay fig trees. Fifty types of mammals, native birds, frogs and reptiles also frequent the park.

Read more:
The Sydney Morning Herald, February 11, 2012 Rubbish dump transformed into park oasis tips its hat to the past