Listening to the Birds


How important to you is living each day with a sense of personal purpose? If you’re anything like me, it’s your life-source. Without personal purpose, life loses its colour. This includes the “career” part, which typically consumes a large number of hours each day.

Last week, after nine fun-filled years, I moved on from Kineo and my role as Head of Client Services. This was completely my choice, the result of much soul-searching and realisation that I needed a new challenge, a new adventure to get stuck into.

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“Where are you going?”

Since letting people know about my decision, the most frequently asked question is “what exciting opportunity are you moving on to?”. I reply “I’ve nothing yet planned”, explaining that I first need time to reflect, time for my thinking to slow down, to enable a healthy separation from my Kineo identity. Most people kindly respond “well done!” or “how exciting!”, though I can tell the majority consider it a risky move and are perhaps even a little confused, particularly given the success and security of my Kineo position.

A risky move? Absolutely!

In many ways they’re right—it is a risk—an unknown—and perhaps even unconventional. But, I also know the best things happen when you take risks, when you step beyond the familiar safety of what you’re used to — when you become deliberately vulnerable, in order to consider things to a deeper level. Being open and honest, I need something new and exciting in my professional life, something that brings a renewed sense of purpose, enabling me to express and invest my gifting, energy and insight in new ways, alongside likeminded people.

Time with Kineo

My time with Kineo has been amazing. I’m proud to have learned and achieved a huge amount. From being part of a small start-up to now internationally renowned workplace learning partner, I’ve worked with an extensive variety of big-name clients. I’ve recruited and led large, high-performing teams, and had the privilege of helping coach and develop many fantastic people. It’s the people I will miss the most — many have become like extended family to me.

Ruthlessly eliminating hurry

Over the past year, I’ve been very influenced by the wise words of someone called Dallas Willard. Here’s an excerpt from a book he’s featured in…

What did I need to do, I asked him, to be spiritually healthy?

Long pause. “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life” he said at last.

Another long pause. “Okay, I’ve written that one down,” I told him, a little impatiently. “That’s a good one. Now what else is there?” I had many things to do, and this was a long-distance call, so I was anxious to cram as many units of spiritual wisdom into the least amount of time possible.

Another long pause. “There is nothing else,” he said. “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”

Pushing doors

So — over the next few weeks and months I’ll be carefully considering what to do next — learning how to ruthlessly eliminate hurry from my life and calmly consider the future. My focus will include taking time out with my children (hey, to all dads and mums reading this: being a ‘present’ and ‘unhurried’ parent to your children is the one job for which you are truly irreplaceable); I’ll also be writing and recording some new music, running and cycling many miles, undertaking lots of self-paced study, some coaching, meeting lots of people and “pushing a few doors”.

Perhaps the most immediate challenge right now is knowing how best to update my LinkedIn profile! What do you write that speaks the truth but doesn’t sound jargonny, pretentious and off-putting? Hmmm…

I’ve always loved the sight of sunlight through the treetops, accompanied by birdsong, not least as it’s ‘stayed’, ‘calming’ and always reminds me we must learn to re-slow down in order to appreciate joy and peace in the everyday of life… I therefore think I’ll just write “currently listening to the birds”.

Get in touch?

Fancy a coffee and a chat about people, purpose, vision, business ideas/opportunities and perhaps even life in general? Drop me a message — you never know, we may have a few things in common…

2 Responses to “Listening to the Birds”

  1. Emily Ansell

    “Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life”. The challenge for me is not feeling guilty about not ‘doing’. We watched Christopher Robin with the boys on Saturday… He and Pooh talk about “doing nothing often leads to the very best part of something”. Trying to figure out what ‘nothing’ means for me, and how I get to a place where nothing is enough. Proud of you, Tim!

    • Tim

      That Winnie The Pooh quote is poignant and very timely – thank you for sharing!

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