‘Steve’s Corner’ is a regular editorial written by Steve Harvey, Director, Impromptu Ltd.
Steve has many years experience in the application of interactive learning methodologies. He is the company’s Finance Director and Team Manager and has a background in teaching, marketing, sales, outdoor sports education and management development. He has a degree in Creative Arts, an MA in Education (research) and a Diploma in Performance Coaching.
It’s been a funny old time, as they say. Like a pocket full of confetti tossed up in a dimension where gravity and relativity invent their own rules. Where are the constants, the familiar reference points, the nodes of meaning? It’s been a good time. It’s been a terrible time.
It feels, most days, the prison walls are just too tall, too thick, too impermeable. It feels like, I just can’t get out...
I wake, snap from an uncertain dream that tugs hesitantly at memory. For a moment my doubts are quiet, mere echoes of yesterday’s events and of today’s anticipation...
I’m thinking about two contrasting experiences of delivering leadership simulations in the not too distant past. In one, the participants appeared open, curious, disposed to embrace the opportunity, willing to talk candidly about their vulnerabilities and personal challenges. In the other, consistently the attendees presented as guarded, suspicious, defensive, judgemental and some appeared decidedly cynical, critical or antagonistic. What was the difference?
On the evening of October 18th 2015, Simon, his wife Debbie and a four lifelong friends sat down to eat at a neat, round table in a peaceful restaurant in Zurich. Behind the intimate conversation and gentle laughter, the clink of glasses and the touching of hands were etched the lines of an unspoken and profound sadness. They all knew this would be their last meal together.