Thursday, 17 December 2009

And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?

Hard to believe it's been more than 30 years since John Lennon said those words. Ah well, as a wise man once said; time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana. So that was 2009, was it? Not the UK's finest hour for many reasons. MPs expenses, banker's bonuses, terrorist enclaves, environmental meltdown, the rich and powerful flexing their muscles in the libel courts in a battle to curb free speech....

...and yet.

Every day I am surrounded by people working hard, striving to achieve things, trying to give their best in service of a worthy vision. In the streets I see people in shops trying to buy gifts to please and delight their loved ones - and a majority of them seem to be smiling. The human spirit remains indomitable. The capacity to withstand 'the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune' endures. Despite everything, we stand. We deliver. We seek to find meaning. We look to believe in and follow something.

That spirit is the power source that will enable us to forge a new path, overcome whatever obstacles are put in our way and work together to deliver a better world. We are about to agree a landmark pact to reduce global warming, we are providing massive aid to those less fortunate, we seek constantly for better ways to do and be.

As a leader, that power is available to you.

You just have to give the people something to believe in - and then help them find a way to be the best they can be.

Sounds like a good resolution for 2010, doesn't it?

I wish you all a peaceful holiday time and a successful new year.

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