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18. Going Nose To Tail On Food With Steve Guy

Cultures were forged by the food they consume and the ingredients that they once traded. Centuries of specialised crafts – which are still livelihoods – were developed around animal-based products.

I’m becoming more aware of how the rapidly changing global narrative around meat consumption is unfairly denigrating cultural identities.

Industrialisation and unethical animal-based farming practices have now been identified as a significant contributor to global warming. Our demand. Our overconsumption. And our distorted relationship with food is the root cause.

The global response has been largely centred around a transition to plant-based lifestyles. The protein transition movement has the marketing machine in overdrive. And singular thinking advocacy is on the rise.

As an omnivore, I must confess. I do struggle with the ethical dilemma of slaughtering animals for food. Many of us aren’t exposed to how the meat we consume is reared. And to be frank, most of us would rather not know.

However my guest today – Steve Guy – is actively forging relationships with local farmers, growers and distributors. Those that are doing a better job. With a better product. And with a reframed ethical mindset. 

Steve is a Private Chef. Food Educator. And a career reincarnator. An assiduous individual with an uncomplicated and honest perspective on food. 

The latest incarnation of Steve – The Hungry Guy – is a characterisation of everything that is Steve. His values. His vision. And his zestful personality.

A personality that is making waves across the Shropshire food scene. Steve is experimenting with business models. And playing host to residencies at some of Shropshire’s most exciting and emerging foodie joints. Leaving his signature in every kitchen he graces. Every person he meets. And every mouthful of his food that is consumed.

The Hungry Guy is Steve’s first entrepreneurial endeavour. A project that aims to simplify the food equation. To make cooking of good food accessible to all. And to demonstrate why the food we cook and the food we consume, can internalise an experience.

This is a conversation that goes nose-to-tail to reset the balance on our relationship with food. A conversation that questions our understanding of the true value of food. A commodity that is essential for life. But one that isn’t necessarily given the investment or reverence it truly deserves. 

This conversation also questions the temporal shift the pandemic provided in respect to our behaviours around cooking. Behaviours that took us back to baking things and boiling stuff in a pot. 

At points in this conversation, we also debate the misleading narratives and data that is engineered to peck at our emotional temperament.

By no means is this an anti-vegan or pro-carnivorous conversation. We certainly aren’t two burly meat-eating carnivores attempting to railroad the mainstream conversation. 

Our goal is to balance the narrative. By advocating a reduction in meat consumption. Changing the lens on how we celebrate animals. And sharpening the lens on how we source animal-based products. 

But most of all it’s about providing reverence to more than just the muscle of the animal.

This conversation took place at my home. I had the pleasure of spending the day with Steve. And felt truly honoured to have had Steve bless the first in-person conversation of the podcast. I must also express an unequivocal appreciation to the man behind the lens; Bob Greaves; for capturing the boyish energy of our conversation. A range of still’s can be found on social media and the episode web page.

This conversation is full of laughter. It’s fun. It’s quirky. And is a masterclass to help us make minor adjustments and better food choices. 

Throughout this dialogue, Steve reminds us of why we eat in the first place. The basic principles that we have become disconnected from. But most of all Steve reconnects us to the true value of food.

I hope after listening to this conversation, Steve’s eclectic energy, expertise and enthusiasm for food, nourishes the soul. And allows the soul to be at peace with the meat-based food choices we make.

Warning: This episode contains some mild adult humour and mild language.

RESOURCES

Steve Guy: Website | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook | Email
Book: The Flavour Thesaurus
Website: The blueBar at Wyle Blue World in Shropshire
Website: Wackley Brook Organic Small Holding in Shropshire
Website: The Pantry at Manor Farm in Shropshire
Website: 10 Facts About Food Waste
Website: The Markegard Family – Top Soil Friendly Farmers
Website: Kiss The Ground – Meet the Farmers
The Guardian: UK Households Waste 4.5m Tonnes of Food Each Year
The Guardian: Jamie Oliver is right. Putting food on the table trumps diet.
The Guardian: Jamie Oliver, you haven’t tasted poverty. Cut out the tutting.
BBC News: National Food Strategy – Tax Sugar and Salt and Prescribe Vegetables
FAO Report: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use
Wikipedia: Food Waste in The UK
Netflix: Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret
Netflix: Seaspiracy
Netflix: Kiss The Ground
Man Behind The Lens – Bob Greaves: Website | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook | Email

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Episode #9: Turning Ideas Into Positive Impact with Mauro Cozzi

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17. Drifting Between Liminal Communities with Rev. Jeff Grant

Meet Rev. Jeff Grant. Once a drifter. Now a traveller. 

One who through suffering, pain and wreckage discovered a community. Hiding in the shadows. Under the abject shame of rejection. A community providing acceptance and belonging to fellow travellers.

Rev. Jeff is an ordained minister serving the white-collar justice community. His position holds a special reverence. His divinity – granted by the seminary – and protected by the state. Enables him to provide confidential counsel to those in need of crisis support. A crucial nexus for travellers that have just entered a liminal state.

Jeff’s own story is a rise, fall and rebirth of biblical proportions. 

Once a big-time real-estate lawyer. Owner of his own firm and a restaurateur. His meritocratic rise was buckled by an addiction to prescription opioids.

An addiction that prompted poor judgement. As his firms’ cashflow faltered and personal debts mounted. Ethical boundaries became blurred. Disbarred for reappropriating client funds. And eventually jailed for fraudulently claiming 9/11 disaster relief funding. 

The richness of his big-baller lifestyle soon disappeared. And through the ashes of devastation, a richness of spirit emerged…

I met Jeff through a mutual friend and old friend of the podcast; Craig Stanland. Craig was in fact one of the first travellers to have sought Jeff’s counsel. 

This is a conversation that drifts between two disparate liminal communities. The white-collar justice community and subjects of a diaspora. 

You may wonder, how do you draw a commonality between these two very distinct groups? The root cause of shifting liminal states is largely incomparable. However, acceptance, belonging and accountability are all very relatable. 

Whilst Jeff share’s his experiences within the white-collar justice community. I share my experiences of being a child of the Empire. And how our coerced liminal experiences impacted us, shaped our value systems and carved out routes of accountability.

This conversation took place on Easter Monday. Receiving blessings from an ordained Christian minister – regardless of my religious affiliation – was a real gift. 

Jeff is warmly spoken. His charisma is alluring. And his presences creates a safe space to express our inner spirit. That is Jeff’s gift.

A gift he doesn’t exercise through preaching. But by shepherding those seeking his counsel with the empowerment to realise this gift for themselves. 

A few weeks following the recording of this episode. The Supreme Court of New York reinstated Jeff’s license to practice law. Travellers seeking his counsel are now able to be served in greater ways. 

Blessed to welcome the first master of divinity and now practising attorney as a new friend of the podcast.

  • M.S. Batory

RESOURCES

Jeff Grant: Website | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Email
Newsletter: Jeff Grant on Medium
Newsletter: White Collar Week on Substack
The Guardian: Three men arrested amid inquiry into £6m Covid loan fraud
Forbes: Starting A Discussion On White Collar Crime And Recovery
Forbes: A New Class Of White-Collar Victims: The Family
Insider: This is what it’s like when the 1% go to jail, according to a couple that ministers to their families
Very Well Mind: The 12 Steps of Recovery Programs
BBC News: Bounce back loans: Hunting down the Covid loan fraudsters
Financial Times: Bankruptcy, jail, ruined lives: inside the Post Office scandal
Business Standard: Many Indian-origin post office managers hit by stealing scandal in UK
Entreprenur Europe: I Went to Prison for SBA Loan Fraud: 7 Things to Know When Taking COVID-19 Relief Money
Connected to India: Indian-origin UK postmasters awarded settlement after winning post office stealing scandal case
Prisonist: Thinking About PPP Fraud? Hannah Smolinski Interviews Jeff Grant
Website: Justice For Subpostmasters Alliance (JFSA)
Book: Without Buddha I Could Not be a Christian
Book: Religious Perspectives on Business Ethics: An Anthology
Book: Orange Is the New Black
Book: Blank Canvas: How I Reinvented My Life after Prison
Netflix: Orange is The New Black
Netflix: Jeong: A Practical Theology of Postcolonial Interfaith Relations

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Episode #10: Correcting Reality with Craig Stanland

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15. The Invalidation of Experience with Candice Mama

Candice Mama knows how to make an entrance. 

A humanitarian. An author. And an ambassador for post-conflict reconciliation.

Featured in Vogue Magazine and recognised by the African Union as one of the top inspiring women of our present. And a former face of Mac Cosmetics South Africa.

Candice’s personal story of forgiveness and transformation has become a beacon in supporting post-conflict societies. Her story was featured as one of the 75 stories for the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations.

The first guest on her podcast – Coffee with Candice – was the Granddaughter of the late Nelson Mandela. 

Now that is indeed how you make an entrance…

Reconciliation is a theme that resonates with many black and white South Africans. Candice’s association with the emotional impact of Apartheid had proximity to a significant and traumatic event. 

Candice’s father; Glenack Masilo Mama, was a political activist. A revolutionary who was assassinated by the infamous Eugene De Kock. Eugene led the paramilitary hit squad known as The Vlakpaas

Eugene orchestrated and executed the systematic termination of political activists with a brutal and undignified virulence.

The aftermath of not only losing her father but coming to terms with how her father was murdered directed Candice into a depressive cycle. The mental loops constructed by resentment, anger and loss had a consequential mental and physical impact. One that she has now overcome by sharing her story.

This is a conversation about the invalidation of experience and a window into the life of South Africa’s post-apartheid generation. It also highlights the impact on an individual whose paternal bond was mercilessly disrupted. When forces of political oppression have inaccurately narrated a history this can induce a form of racial and social gaslighting. School texts today still represent an alternate history. One that didn’t happen.

Candice reminds us; the further you are removed from an incident, the more diluted it becomes. That the system of Apartheid wasn’t designed for black people to win. It was designed for them to fail. However both ‘black and white’ are victims of the socioeconomic impact of oppression and indoctrination.

Vengeance – as an output of war – destroys the inner sanctum of our soul. When we embrace the ability to forgive those for the pain and trauma they have inflicted. We unlock ourselves from what can be a devastating mental incarceration. 

In 2019 Candice published her version of her story in Forgiveness Refined. An immersive memoir of her childhood experiences that culminate at the moment she met and hugged her fathers’ assassin. A hug being the most visceral of human connections. Such an embrace is an awe-inspiring symbol of forgiveness. 

A modality of forgiveness that Candice has truly redefined.

Candice chose the narrative under which she documented her history. And reminds us that we all encompass the ability to change our story. 

Such a joy to welcome a new friend to the podcast. One whose energy for life, love and appreciation embodies a gravitating force. One you will find difficult to break away from.

Warning: This episode contains explicit language and themes that some listeners may find distressing.

RESOURCES

Candice Mama: Website | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Bookography
Book: Forgiveness Redefined
BBC News: I hugged the man who murdered my father
BBC News Archive: Apartheid in South Africa
Book: Heart of Darkness
News24: I used to love Steve Hofmeyr then I found out he was a racist
BBC News: Julius Malema
The Guardian: The odd couple: Why an Apartheid activist joined forces with a murderer
Podcast: Coffee with Candice
Podcast Episode: Ndileka Mandela: More Than The Legacy of Nelson Mandel‪a

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Episode #14: On Writing, Friendship and The Mangrove with Farrukh Dhond‪y‬

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14. On Writing, Friendship and The Mangrove with Farrukh Dhondy

An iconic writer, author and political activist. A friend to literary figures that have influenced civil rights movements and world leaders. An integral spoke in a wheel of influence – Farrukh Dhondy

Farrukh’s career achievements are self-evident. A diverse body of work that spans decades to a rich set of acquaintances that he holds so dear.

After graduating in Natural Sciences at Cambridge he was presented with a moral dilemma. A default career path would have directed him towards India’s atomic weapons programme. However, this wasn’t aligned with his developing political inclinations and ideologies.

Farrukh course-corrected and found direction in writing. This change in career trajectory came at an inflexion point in the history of the UK civil rights movement. Farrukh was well-positioned, well-educated and ready to nurture a craft that could help balance the scales of social injustice.

His timing – like everything in his life – had him at the right place, at the right time, with the right skills and with the right people.

Farrukh reported on the trial of The Mangrove 9. This watershed moment in the UK civil rights movement thrust institutional police racism into the limelight. Farrukh alongside the Mangrove 9 defendants went on to form the UK Black Panther movement. 

Farrukh is often engaged in consultation for major TV and film productions. Guerrilla – by John Ridley – and the recently aired BBC series Small Axe – by Steve McQueen. Both have Farrukh’s fingerprints all over them. Stories, historical insight and characters that are integral to these productions were sourced from Farrukh’s own experience as a founder member of the panthers.

This movement would introduce Farrukh to formidable characters such as Darcus Howe, CLR James, Barbara Beese, Althea Jones and the Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipul.

Farrukh’s activism and writing would eventually diverge into the realm of theatre and TV. The Black Theatre Co-Operative was a gateway into creative roles as editor and writer for Channel 4, the BBC and numerous independent productions. Whilst at the same time crafting an immense body of literary works.

This conversation navigates Farrukh’s career via a collection of stories based around friendship. He shares intimate conversations about – his house guest – CLR James and his encounter with Trotsky. Memories of his friendship with Darcus Howe. And the influence of Althea Jones and Mala Sen – his first wife and author of the book that became the Bandit Queen.

  • Mangrove 9 Trial - Newspaper Clipping

We also explore how a turbulent set of encounters with the Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipul turned into a lifelong, close personal friendship. And how he was the only reporter in the room when The Beatles met the Maharishi in 1967. Oh Farrukh also hangs around with Pink Floyd at some point during the conversation too.

For me, this a personal interest story. In 1952, my grandfather emigrated to the UK from Punjab, India. I never paid attention to his stories about fermenting racism. And the labour movement that was pivotal in shaping immigrant rights. I didn’t have the insight or inclination to ask questions. Now, I wish I had.

New years eve of 2020 – when this dialogue took place – was my opportunity, to start to appreciate the political atmosphere. To understand the actors who were the architects that shaped my life of privilege. For which I now appreciate the debt of gratitude I hold towards the activists and socialists that rose against systematic oppression.

This is a conversation about social justice, friendship, nurturing relationships and being present in the moment. Upon reflection, I later realised that Farrukh doesn’t care much for legacy. We are often consumed in strategising to create a legacy as opposed to being present in what we do. But Farrukh reminds us that we simply get on with life. Embrace moments and be present in those moments. Support those around us and give our time and attention to others. 

I was in complete adoration of Farrukh’s achievement. A man of incredible accomplishment. Farrukh made me reflect on my own relationships and the purposefulness of my own body of work.

I do this to improve myself. To learn, to widen my lens and hope somewhere a message or conversation has some sort of social or personal impact. To me, that is Farrukh Dhondy. Truly an honour and privilege to have spent time with a legend. A moment in my life that I will truly treasure and a newfound friendship that I hope to nurture.

A special thanks to Naina Redhu for contributing to the artwork for this episode. A hyper-talented photographer and artist out of Gurgaon – India. Link to Naina’s various social media profiles in the links below.

Warning: This episode contains explicit language.

QUOTES

I was a peacemaker, a communist and whatnot, so I told them I don’t want to help make Indira’s Atomic bomb. – Farrukh

Scientific exploration is the way forward for humanity.” – Farrukh

The kind of poverty I grew up around, convinced me that there was a connection between irrationality, superstition, even religion and that degradation of humanity” – Farrukh

The poverty was crushing, you saw people starving in the street.” – Farrukh

The audience for multi-cultural writing exists, but multi-cultural writing doesn’t exist.” – Farrukh on meeting his first publisher.

I don’t like that Dhondy fellow, he doesn’t believe in anything.” – Farrukh on V. S. Naipul’s first impression of him.

Things are not just relative and subjective. There is an objective truth. There is an objective way of looking at books and poems. I believed all that.” – Farrukh

CLR James used to say that America is a country closest to communism. Which is a very strange thing to say. But the democratic qualities of America will eventually lead to some form of equality.” – Farrukh

Darcus was full of insight into a situation. He could gauge an audience and address their concerns without resorting to what he read or cliché. He could address an audience exactly how they wanted to be addressed. It was a great gift. Some of it was rabble-rousing, but with a tight harness.” – Farrukh

“I learnt more about India’s economic policy by looking at an auto-rickshaw. More than anything I could read in a book.” – Farrukh quoting Darcus’s observation on the economic governmental monopolies of India.

RESOURCES

Farrukh Dhondy: LinkedIn | Bookography
Naina Redhu: Website | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter | YouTube | Facebook
New York Times: Worldwide Propaganda Network Built by the C.I.A.
New Yorker The Shattering Double Vision of V. S. Naipaul
NPR: Remembering Nobel Laureate And Author V.S. Naipaul
The Guardian: 12 Years a Slave: the book behind the film
The Guardian: Landmarks in law: when the Mangrove Nine beat the British state
BBC: The Mangrove Nine – BBC Feature
Prospect Magazine: For all his flaws, VS Naipaul was a pioneering genius
New York Times: Obama, the Best-Selling Author, on Reading, Writing and Radical Empathy
The Guardian: Leila Hassan Howe: ‘My life was made hell. You’d just hear a tirade against immigrants
Royal Gazette: The New Cross Fire (January 18, 1981)
New Yorker: The Strangeness of Grief – Augustus the Cat
New Republic: V.S. Naipaul on the Arab Spring, Authors He Loathes, and the Books He Will Never Write
Brixton Blog: Brixton figures in BBC Black history course
Refinery29: The Untold Story Of The Women Who Led Britain’s Black Panther Movement
Our Migration Story: Communities in action: the Indian Workers’ Association
Rolling Stone: ‘It’s About a Certain Kind of Blackness’: Steve McQueen on the Making of ‘Small Axe’
BFI: “These are the untold stories that make up our nation”: Steve McQueen on Small Axe
Bustle: Where Are The Mangrove 9 Now?
Stylist: Remembering Altheia Jones-LeCointe, the UK’s forgotten civil rights activist
Vulture: Guerrilla’s Critics Say John Ridley’s New Show Erases Black Women Activists
Indie Wire: ‘Guerrilla’ Review: John Ridley’s ’70s London Black Power Drama Tries to Show All Sides of a Revolution
Open Culture: V. S. Naipul on Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List
Beatles Bible: The Beatles meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Unfinished Histories: The Black Theatre Co-Operative
Left Voice: C.L.R. James and Leon Trotsky: A Negro Organization
BlackHistoryMonth.Org: West Indies Federation
British Library: Intelligence report on the Indian Workers’ Association
Warwick University – Research Paper: Towards a History of the Indian Workers’ Association
Edinburgh University Research Explorer: The Ethnic Roots of Class Universalism
Nobel Prize: The Nobel Prize in Literature 2001 – V. S. Naipul
Andrew Whittuck: Pink Floyd Photograph Portfolio
Film: Bandit Queen
YouTube: Mala Sen speaks about her book Bandit Queen
TV Series: Small Axe on BBC One
TV Series: No Problem
TV Series: Tandoori Nights
TV Series: King of the Ghetto
Book: Darcus Howe: A Political Biography
Book: East End At Your Feet by Farrukh Dhondy
Book: India: A Million Mutinies Now by V. S. Naipul
Book: India’s Bandit Queen
Bookography: V. S. Naipul
Bookography: Sukhwant Singh
Bookography: CLR James

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7. The Times They Are a-Changin’ with John Wallace

In this episode, I unwrap the employee experience with my guest and good friend John Wallace. John and I have worked closely together for several years on global HR change initiatives. Right now, we are both navigating the same commercial challenges of our ever-changing present whilst also attempting to define our future trajectory.

John is a native of – and still resides – in Cardiff, South Wales. A prominent and influential HR leader who has been at the forefront of people transformation programmes in aerospace, steel, telecoms, public sector services and beyond. 

We start John’s story in the depths of the 1980s. During the UK’s most challenging people management crisis of the 20th century. A period that saw the decline of steel and coal mining industries and the knock-on – people and political – impact that tore through South Wales at a velocity not dissimilar to the pandemic. 

It’s leaders like John, with authenticity and pragmatic governance that can balance the scales between external disruption and positive change. Vision is the ability to put the employee experience at the forefront of decision making.

Employee experience is the theme of this conversation.

We explore the impact of automation, artificial intelligence and when infused with John’s candid personality our conversation paints a picture of a future Britain that may not be too dissimilar to the ghost towns of the 1980s.

WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM THIS EPISODE?

  • How technology should augment the workforce and not just be a vehicle for downsizing
  • How authenticity is the cornerstone to a good employee experience and the downstream impact on the customer experience
  • How the socioeconomic impact of artificial intelligence is already written in the history books; we can learn a great deal from previous industrial revolutions
  • Why organisations haven’t kept up with the velocity of technological change and how this has adversely impacted people management
  • Why conformance and performance are the two key factors to good corporate governance
  • How organisational values often fail to translate to the employee experience and how this can create a subculture of departmental value silo’s
  • How words written – in the 1980’s – by UB40 and The Specials, relate to this eerie snapshot of our present socioeconomic status

QUOTES

“Sometimes things might not do you any good but might not do you any harm. Being involved and trying is a worthwhile enterprise within itself.“ – John

“When it comes to the cold hard economics of change, who’s going to blink first?” – John

“Every employee is an advocate, but they may not be an advocate of what you want them to be.” – John

“Organisations want to exploit technology without a single thought for the employee experience – apart from… we just need fewer of them.” – John

“Don’t defend the indefensible…” – John

RESOURCES

LinkedIn Profile: John Wallace
Blog Post: The “New Normal”?
Blog Post: Employees Are Customers Too
Ted Talk: Daniel Sussking on the 3 Myths About the Future of Work and Why They Are Not True
Web Link: Lattitude Global Volunteering

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Episode #5: The Sustainable Enterprise with Mike Mcilroy

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5. The Sustainable Enterprise with Mike Mcilroy

In this episode, my guest Mike Mcilory takes you on a journey from 1970’s Liverpool to the modern world at this present time. Mike spent his formative years growing up in the recession-hit city of Liverpool. We explore how his environment in the 70’s not only shaped Mike but became the underpinning principles to why he co-founded Liberas Solutions.

Mike’s team are now using their experience in the field of ERP to help organisations forecast, execute and monitor their net-zero carbon emission targets. Carbon accounting is a digital process that will enable organisations to become socially responsible. 

WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM THIS EPISODE?

  • Why the sustainable enterprise that focuses on people and planet will win in this new economy
  • How the combination of people, fear and vulnerability can catalyse positive economic and climatic change
  • The value of associates and your responsibility towards your professional network, your friends and your neighbours
  • How organisations and competitors are working together to reduce their carbon footprint
  • How young people and not government or business are influencing change to attitudes in the market
  • How we can sustain this velocity of environmental change, which has been accelerated by the pandemic
  • How carbon net-zero will drive a global contracting workforce and the benefits

QUOTES

“This pandemic feels like a reset, a greater power has turned the world on its side, found the factory reset button and stuck a pin in it.” – Mike

“Countries such as India have been recycling for centuries, out of necessity. Setting a standard that the globe has largely been ignoring.” – Bobby

“Young people have a better idea when it comes to politics, they are not cynical like us old hacks!” – Mike

“If you do argue around climate change you look a little bit deranged, you look like the crank now.” – Mike

“Our ways of working have to change, we have tactically changed how we work, but not the way in which we work.” – Bobby

RESOURCES

LinkedIn Profile: Mike Mcilroy
Blog Post: The Value of Sustainability to Your Enterprise
Blog Post: Corporate Social Responsibility – Buzzwords or Strategic Value
Web Link: Transform to Net Zero
Web Link: Emitwise
Web Link: Vodafone’s sustainability story
Web Link: 500 plus B Corps Commit to Net Zero by 2030

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Mastery of craft

We rarely, if ever – use the term “craft” to reference any form of discipline in the field of IT. 

The term is largely associated with a carpenter, an artist, a musician or even a brewer of fine ales. By defintion – a craft is a skill mastered by creating something by hand, obtained by a high degree of both practical and theoretical knowledge of a trade.

As professionals – technology or otherwise, from senior leadership to programmers, aren’t we inevitably trying to master our own craft? 

Bobby at 7

I started my craft at the age of 7. Seriously – I did! 

Programming BASIC on a Commodore Vic-20, all 8 bits and 1Mhz of compute. I suspect my parents’ motivations at that time, were the games to keep me entertained with their high bitrate graphics. But the real magic was buried inside the user manual.

Chapter 7 to be precise – “Introduction to Programming”.

At the time, I don’t think my parents fully appreciated the magnitude of their investment. I suspect not many parents did.

I had no clue what I was really doing, what the syntax meant or even what a program was. But it was the fact that I, with my own hands crafted syntax, which made the computer come alive and respond to my commands. I influenced and created an outcome.

Naturally, this fascination only grew, and it wasn’t long before I was upgraded to the breadbin Commodore-C64. An extra 59KB of RAM to support my coding endeavours.

Though I must admit, 10 PRINT “HELLO WORLD” didn’t demand much compute.

Bobby the elder

We don’t always need an arena to master or nurture our craft. When we don’t have that – we have training courses, books, webinars and personal coding projects. But there is one crucial component that influences our ability to execute and deploy our craft. The 7-year-old me or even the 21-year-old me, fresh out of university, would never have appreciated its influence… the art of workplace politics.

When black and white becomes grey

There is an irony here. Coding is about logic, a 1 or 0. Children see things in black and white, right or wrong – clear as day. But the world of business is far from logical, it’s quite the opposite, it can be very grey.

Our success in the workplace can be largely driven by our ability to navigate the political spectrum. As with all youngsters, I was idealistic and for years I fought what at times felt illogical. However once I learnt to accept this and nurtured it alongside my craft, this opened up a wealth of opportunity.

Politics, is not something you can learn in books or be taught on a training course. Many people, just like I did – could never really contemplate how influential this skill is in the mastery of our craft. Some may argue that it’s on the periphery, but as I said, for me it’s integral.

Politics in the workplace is seldomly viewed as a positive vehicle. This is largely down to motives. But if the intentions are good – to drive a successful outcome for an activity or a project – then mastering the art of politics; is an immensely powerful tool.

An outcome of a project or your credibility can be highly dependent, on not only how well you respond to political moves but how you shape your own field of play.

Interestingly, it’s the one aspect of our craft that is ancient in its origin. The advent of agriculture in 7000-8000 BC saw human societies transition into tribal forms of organisation. Politics went beyond survival; it provided a framework for the growth of humankind. Enabling tribes to work together to compromise, negotiate and make decisions. 

This extends into every aspect of our lives; 

  • At some point, our children stop listening to us and we soon learn how to navigate that political spectrum. We provide them with tools, means and support to empower them. Hoping they will making their own informed decisions and learn from their mistakes. 
  • In the workplace, we may have the answer to a problem. But sometimes people aren’t receptive to our answers, so we lead, steer and provide insight to enable them to carve out the right answer. 

There is a fine line between teamwork and politics. Sometimes it’s not easy to distinguish. However, in both examples, managing personality conflicts and personal agendas can not only provide a better-quality outcome but is more likely to promote ownership. For which it’s ownership that drives real change.

In contrast, it’s also true that underlying political motives can also drive a sub-optimal output.

If I could go back in time

Look at your job or role through the lens of mastering a craft. Being the best at what you do, mastering the practical and educating yourself on the theoretical. All the traditional aspects of growth – be that climbing the rungs of the corporate ladder, or the size of your remuneration package would naturally come together themselves.

If I could go back in time, and advise 7-year-old Bobby on anything – it would be…

Master your craft, for which you don’t need to be gifted or talented. Pay attention to the process and invest time in improvement. Small gains every day have a compound impact – just like interest on a savings account. If you invest in experiences that in themselves can pay dividends. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, it’s ok to deviate off your path to explore new avenues – no experience is ever wasted. 

In the next episode of my podcast I let you into a secret, something not many people know about me. For the last 20 years I looked upon a particular experience as a lost year. But when viewed through a lens that is now transforming my life, it’s enabled me to create something new.

I suspect many of you in the field of technology have a similar story. When that first computer landed on your desk or dinner table – all those parents would never have imagined the influence of that moment. Is this unique to technology?

How many other professionals were given the tools to start mastering their craft from an early age?

A writer inspired by a book; a painter inspired by their crayons…

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