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Posts Tagged ‘harmony

Ripples

December 10, 2012

At the end of a particularly fun day’s work a few weeks back, I was saying goodnight to the security guard in the reception where the course had taken place. My cheeky chappy self was very much in evidence and we had a playful, jokey exchange. As I left the building, I spotted him through […]

Chris the contract breaker

July 9, 2012

When we sign up to a contract it is a serious commitment. We are duty bound to honour the agreement for the good of both parties and hopefully to the rest of the community. However, there is one contract that I have repeatedly broken throughout most of my life. Now, before any of my business […]

The diversity paradox

March 19, 2012

Are there times where you feel on the outside of things, as if you don’t fit, don’t belong?  This can certainly be my own experience  for an assortment of reasons and, I have an inkling that it applies to just about all of us at some time or other. Three weeks ago, along with my […]

Laughed out loud

February 6, 2012

A couple of weeks back I fulfilled a long standing ambition. It was an unusual ambition, quirky even, but one that was quite significant to me. I succeeded in getting three people in a room together – they had never before occupied the same space at the same time Those three people were Ingrid, my […]

Lo siento

January 9, 2012

Some of you reading this will recognise the title of this week’s post as the Spanish term for “I apologise”. However, the phrase, in its literal form has a subtly different meaning. The words “lo siento” actually translate as “I feel it”. Somehow, to me it comes across as a far more heartfelt and empathic […]

The show goes on, with a little help……

December 19, 2011

I guess it had to happen sooner or later.It’s Monday morning and I feel like death warmed up. In fact, I’ve been pretty much out of commission for several days now. So much so that I simply haven’t had it in me to write a new blog piece this week.  However, rather than leave you, […]

High performance – its a matter of lubrication

August 22, 2011

We replaced our car a few weeks ago. The venerable old Mercedes had served us well for almost  twelve years, but the time had come to trade it in for something newer and more economical. We  made sure that our “new” car came supplied with evidence of regular servicing – reassurance that it had been cared […]

“You make me……”

August 1, 2011

Just for a change, this week’s blog post kicks off with a quiz. All you need to do is identify who originally performed each of the songs listed below. Additionally, can you spot the odd one out? Answers appear at the end of this post. The way you make me feel You make me feel mighty […]

Happy

May 30, 2011

I recently picked up what I thought was a lovely idea from a blog I was reading. I am, however, ashamed to say that I can’t recall who’s blog it was otherwise I would include a link.  Anyway, it involves using a simple affirmation that the writer suggested we could utter quietly in our head […]

Oh no!

May 16, 2011

This week I’m taking you to the flipside.  That is, the flipside of last week’s post. Whilst many of us find it difficult to ask for what we want (as discussed last week), we can also find it equally, if not more challenging to say no.  Too many of us are pleasers. We want to […]

That other four letter “F” word

March 21, 2011

When my son was about three years old, he approached me with a rather interesting question: “Daddy, what is the “F” word, is it flip or is it f**k?” Once I’d recovered from the shock and stifled laughter I, of course had to give him the answer and put his mind at rest. As a […]

It takes two

February 28, 2011

As a training practitioner and coach I find that I am constantly learning new things myself and I’m sure I will do so for a good many years to come. I learn of course from fellow professionals, from books, the internet and other such sources. However, sometimes a powerful insight can come from a most […]

Oussez

February 7, 2011

Few people will have heard of the relatively obscure Belgian philosopher Pierre Oussez, yet he can provide a significant contribution to improving how we all get on with each other. Before I say more about him I need to explain how his thinking can help most of us. This is probably best illustrated by a […]

Is “you” the problem?

January 31, 2011

Have you ever been poked in the chest? Do you enjoy being poked in the chest? Somehow, I doubt it. Yet, so many of us do it to each other on a regular basis. In fact,  I did it big time to my partner just yesterday morning.  I realise that I have probably confused you, […]

I hear what you say…..

November 29, 2010

In the post that I wrote this time last week, much emphasis was put on the importance and value of good listening and how it contributes to building stronger, richer relationships.  Great listening isn’t necessarily about merely doing the listening, but also very much about showing, even proving to the other person that we really […]

Are you inadvertantly damaging your interactions & relationships with “UVV”?

November 22, 2010

Please read beyond the first paragraph – there’s a gem in here – honest! How many times have you vomited today? Yes, you read right. How many times? It may well have been several, yet you probably will not even have been aware. Now, before you think I have taken leave of my senses or […]