Nearly home time

I am teaching again tonight in Beijing and again tomorrow before crossing the city and teaching 90 students enrolled in our leadership degree for 3 days. Monday I fly home. Forecast at home will be 19° to 34°. I will leave Beijing with a low of zero and a high of 2°!! Start the engines

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Waking up to -2°C

I start my second teaching series tomorrow, having flown from xi’an to Beijing this afternoon. And I am in the process trying to shake off a very nasty virus. Plenty of nasal spray’s. Hot water. Cough lollies.

 I’ve noticed that relentless coughing does seem to have an impact on the conversations you have on a plane. 

I was relieved to see the number of people that have earphones and probably were less affected by my barking.

I won’t mention some difficult conversations with airline staff on both flights, Adelaide to Sydney, and from Sydney to Shanghai, about the rationale for my continuing into China with the flu. Determination required. (instead of ‘determination required’ Siri had written ‘termination required’). Is this something subliminal about phones? Who is this referring to? Is this big brother? Or perhaps I am overtired.

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And who welcomed me to a new day?

It was “moncha” (in the line of monchacino), a reminder of our coffee needs;- other methods weren’t as effective


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Team – relationships 

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Conversations matter 

It’s funny how we get it wrong  when we are tired and busy.

 I have busy preparing for a keynote address in Auckland NZ, at the same time as I am trying to learn a new software approval package at work to book my travel to China in October. I also have 3 doctoral theses on my desk for review, and several doctoral students needing support. Very busy juggling everything.

Before I went ‘on line’, I spoke with a ‘real live’ travel agent and organised the trip, knowing that then it would be time to have a crash course (no pun intended) on the required software. This was a challenge to complete and also arrange to get the necessary signatures.

I was chuffed that I got through the process in 2 lengthly sittings. In no time, and 30 minutes before closing on a Friday night, I had all my documentation, passport, and other forms for my trip to China in October, to the travel agent. What a relief!

Feeling pleased with myself, I decided to drive home on a different route and let my mind wander about thoughts for my keynote on Tuesday in New Zealand.

In the middle of my solitude my phone rang. It was the agent. Before she could say a word I leapt in with another set of thank you’s.

And then the question that threw me: she said, “do I have 2 passports?” 

“No” I said. 

Then it came – “I have your passport in the package with the visa application awaiting a courier, and I remember that you said in passing that you were going to New Zealand on Tuesday, so what passport are you  going to use on Tuesday?”

I hadn’t given it a thought!

 If the agent hadn’t recalled a passing comments, I could have been at the airport, ticket in hand but no passport !!!??!!

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Reflections on the dialogue (SASPA16)

Good morning everyone,

Here are the images of my ‘half time comments’ from Friday morning

!/2 time thoughts

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Education as the soul …

GK Chesterton “Education is the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to the next”#SASPA16

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