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By Paul Gilbert | May 2020
Please forgive this indulgence. A departure from my ranty blogging.
This is a poem I have written to reflect some of the very many mentoring calls I have had in the last few weeks. Most calls start with something inconsequential, but what is sad to hear is when things are said that in normal times would be profoundly difficult, and they are said as if they are inconsequential too.
This poem is just my way of processing some of what I have heard; writing is my way to calm my swirling mind. However what I want to say is that it is ok to be sad when sad things are happening. We must never flatten the curve of our emotions. Please take care. Be kind and never be so alone that you cannot say to someone how you feel. Ranty blogging will return soon.
“How are you?”
“Not too bad. It’s a bit strange, but you know – it’s ok”
Thank goodness for Wifi
Mustn’t grumble, still alive
My boss is great, not demanding
A time to shine while not commuting
Home school stuff online is great
Flour’s hard to find, weeks to wait
We couldn’t say goodbye to dad
Ryanair refund? That’s too bad
It’s nice to sit in the garden though.
No not redundant, just on furlough
Not seen my daughter for weeks
I don’t want to read, I cannot sleep.
Clapped for all those who are caring
Want to pause when birds are singing
I guess I won’t see mum again
Too many runners are a pain.
Mustn’t cry in front of the kids
Eating what we have in the fridge
So proud of what my colleagues do
I’m not sure anymore, are you?
Cheerful on Zoom, but my house is a mess
Virtual drinks help to hide the stress
Not sure if old lives have really gone
The beginning isn’t over and the end has not begun.
Paul Gilbert. For more insights, see: https://www.lbcwisecounsel.com/
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Paul is Chief Executive at LBC Wise Counsel, a business he founded in 2000 working predominantly with in-house legal teams and General Counsel around the world.
His focus is on impactful one-to-one mentoring, career counselling, supporting the strategic purpose and operational efficiency of in-house teams, and on designing and delivering residential skills development and leadership programmes.
Clients include international energy conglomerates, global life sciences teams and major banks, as well as a range of FTSE and smaller UK teams. He has designed career development programmes, mentored General Counsel and supported over 100 law firm panel appointment processes.
Before LBC Wise Counsel, Paul qualified as a solicitor in the UK in 1987 and was an in-house lawyer for 12 years including as General Counsel to two UK financial services companies.
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