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Kudos and thank you to Peter Michael McGowan, who presented in Santa Monica this week an original piece entitled “An Actor’s Life for Me”. The audience roared with laughter and requested autographs; and they booked again for next Christmas! Peter presents a witty and lively repertoire about life as a British Actor, including many amusing encounters with famous people and trade blunders. Please get in touch with us at JDResources Media If you have any interest in an amusing presentation at your corporate function or entertainment event.
This post was submitted by Jill Herrin.
This week, I met and had a glass of champagne (or maybe two) with British Actor and Concert Director Charles Grant. Charles is a really talented singer, actor, television and radio producer. He is currently the Concert Director at the Actors’ Church in St. Paul’s Covent Garden, London England (my hometown).
Charles presented “Chopin in London” at Winston Wolfe’s home, Loxley Hall, in Memphis, with the lovely Rose Cholmondeley, a Steinway Artist and Chopin recital extraordinaire. Rose played music from Chopin’s last public concert at the Guildhall.
When I facilitate programs for leadership development, one of the topics we discuss in depth is trust. The reason we talk about trust is that it is almost impossible to have a discussion about what makes a good leader without using the word “trust.” To be a good leader you must be “trustworthy.” You must have credibility with your followers and be someone whose word is always good.
So what exactly is trust? Let’s start by thinking of 3 people whom you would trust with your life. In other words identify some person or entity (think organization, agency, company) that you would trust to make life-altering or even life-ending decisions for you. Have you thought of three?
Recently, I took a day off to celebrate with my Dad for his 89th birthday. As we are originally from London, but are both now US Citizens, I thought it might be fun to give him an “English Day” in Memphis. Somebody asked me – how on earth do you spend an English Day in Memphis? My response was, “easily”- here’s what we did.
We started out with lunch at Crumpets. We had a very English fare – Cornish pasties, strawberry tarts and Earl Grey Tea! We ate properly and slowly with our knife and fork and took our time to savor the atmosphere.
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I’m always looking for fun things to do for my parents, so I bought them tickets & went yesterday to see the Dalai Lama! His Holiness the14th Dalai Lama, visited Memphis yesterday to accept the 2009 Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum. I took my parents to his public talk at The Cannon Center on developing peace and harmony. He was very entertaining and interesting; here are some of the media quotes from his speech:
I had just graduated high school and was working at a small home improvement store running the cash register. At this point, I really wanted to work in an office, answering phones, typing and filing Monday through Friday…no weekends for me since I was young and wanted the weekends free. I asked a friend if she knew of any job openings and she said the office next door to her was looking for a Receptionist. I sent my resume, got the interview and was 20 minutes late. I was very shy and quiet and I think they all felt sorry for me so they hired me as their Receptionist…..either that or they were desperate. That was in 1991 and I was 18 years old.
May1st is May Day! This is always great fun if you are in the UK. Aside from a day off and the beginning of the Summer Holidays, it’s a traditional day of festivities including swinging on Maypoles, dancing and jigs in the parks and the crowning of the Queen of the May. Many homes decorate with flowers and everything looks so pretty; you are supposed to kiss anyone who has great flowers. Schools put on plays and display artwork with tons of flowers and pretty Summer scenes. Since being in Tennessee, May Day seems to go by completely unnoticed, so I thought I would let you know what you could be missing! The US does honor May 1 as Law Day to reflect on the role of law in the foundation of the country and to recognize its importance for society; all important stuff, but doesn’t seem to conjure up quite the fun we had in England!!!
Back in 1989, I was a Staff Accountant with a financial institution and found myself in a bit of a rut. This was my first job out of college and I had interned there during college. Every month…month end, accruals, account analysis and reconciliations. At the time, the bank was in a slump (seems like a tiny, tiny slump compared to the slump we’re in today) and I couldn’t transfer to another department.
As this is a subject very near and dear to those of us here at JDR, we thought it should be mentioned here on our blog. Jill’s talented son, Ian Herrin, is all grown up and about to go off to college!