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Sync: e-bulletin November 2010 easy read


Time doesn't wait

chasing time

Can you believe it is already the end of November? Before we know it, next year will be here! Science shows that time can't really speed up, but it does feels like it sometimes, doesn't it?

Maybe its because the light changes and its getting colder. At work that seems to be happening too - less of everything. Less time, less money, and it feels much 'colder' too.

This bulletin is going to look at time, the time we have and what we do with it.

Do we make the most of our time?

Looking back

cartoon person balancing on a clock

Eva Hoffman has written a book called Time and it is a brilliant read.

It asks how time can rule our lives, and also when we have a happy time with it!

Eva Hoffman says that time has become both more valuable and less attainable. She means many of us have less and less time because we have more and more things to do. This means time for ourselves is tiny and very valuable - like gold or jewels - we must look after it.

We think we're saving time by using email, Facebook and Twitter but all this can eat up time. Maybe it doesn't save us time? Maybe some of it wastes our time?

One thing we should do with our time, is give ourselves time to think about what we do, and what we have done. In order to make the best of the future, we all need to make sure we have time to think about everything that is happening in our lives now. We also need time to think about the past.


I've had a few... (Frank Sinatra)

a crackle of lightening and smoke to represent inspiration.

We can't all get everything right all of the time and it's important that we admit to ourselves what is going well and what isn't.

Take a few minutes now. Just stop and think about your work over the last month. What have you done well? What could you have done better?

Once you have done this, then you have a choice to make about the things that didn't go so well.

  • Do you want to get better at things you are bad at? If yes then you need to find time and ways to gain skills and experience.

  • Do you want to simply avoid them in future? Can you give those things to other people to do, maybe pay them to do it for you or swap skills with them (you do something you are good at for them and they do something they are good at for you in return)?

  • Or did you do some things badly because you were too tired, too busy, not interested or wanted to be doing something else instead? What can you do so this doesn't happen again?

Have there been times when time has just flown by because you've been really involved in what you are doing?

If you realise what is happening then you can do something about it.

Put most simply - doing what you love is fun and time flies. Doing what you hate makes you miserable.

Our diversity is our strength - if we eat, drink, travel, sleep and work differently, what on earth makes us think we'll be able to do everything else the same?

Some people love spreadsheets, others don't. Work out what you really enjoy, what you love doing, what you are passionate about - can you make that your unique selling point (usp)?

Make it work for you in the time you have. After all Sinatra made a whole career out of doing things his way.

Sync Intensive profile: Deepa Shastri

[Watching Tribes], it was as if something that had happened to me was being acted out on stage, and that somehow, I could see in front of me how difficult it is to be the only deaf member of a hearing family. It was no longer just my story. (Deepa Shastri)

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Someone who is used to doing her best within very different jobs is Deepa Shastri.

Deepa has managed to find time to think hard about her life and work to create this month's article and case study.

In coaching, as we know, we explore the times when we've been stopped or blocked and the survival skills we've developed along the way.

Deepa take us on a journey through her childhood with its highs and lows, explaining how being the only deaf member within the family has been a big part in her journey so far - in work and as a leader.

Read more about Deepa

Deaf Leadership

I want to showcase other Deaf leaders as part of Sync to show and share the things we instinctively know as deaf people and our natural traits that help us win at this game! It's so important that we get where we want to be in our professional lives. (Deepa Shastri)

t shirt which says 'I'm deaf' on it.

In the article this month, Deepa looks at deaf leadership. What do deaf leaders do that means they can survive and compete in a hearing world?

Deepa believes that deaf leaders have to find things in themselves that they can use to get on. She has spoken to many other deaf leaders for her article to find out what they do and how they do it.

Don't think that her article is only for deaf people - oh no! There are lots of good ideas in it that everyone can use.

Go straight to Leading with Deafness - The Hidden Nation - easy read

And so

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The money for Sync comes from the Cultural Leadership Programme (CLP). They are part of the Arts Council who are facing big cuts at the moment. It's a bit like being on a surf board - they are having to ride the waves of changes as they happen.

No-one knows what will happen to CLP beyond March, and so we don't know what will happen to Sync.

Last week Sync went to an evaluation session, not about Sync, but about all the different programmes funded by the CLP. It was a great chance to sit in a room with the other people who run programmes and think together about what we all do.

Everyone said CLP had been very helpful and flexible - and that they really cared about diversity and difference.

That's it from us for this month.

Keep an eye on the time. Give yourself space to work out what you are good (and bad) at and get your surf boards out. Ride the waves of change!

Sarah Pickthall

Sync Coaching

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