Quick diagnosis and treatment of strokes saves lives.
Remember “STR…” and look for
S Ask the person to SMILE .
T TALK. Ask them to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE coherently (such as “It is sunny today”).
R Ask them to RAISE BOTH ARMS .
If any trouble with these, call an ambulance.
Fuller details here. Memorise them and pass them on!
This week the progress in setting up the new firm has felt good. It is three months since Richard Hovey and Associates Ltd was incorporated (on 18th October 2007) and it feels as if momentum is building. I am pleased to be spending more time with clients, and also to have competed some negotiations with suppliers that I started before Christmas.
I have been looking for a competitive and helpful supplier of Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance, and I have found that through Towergate Professional Risks (they are brokers; my policy is underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc). Members of some professional institutions can benefit from corporate agreements.
I have been looking for a local accountant that I feel that I get on with, who understands what I am up to, and looks like giving a good service including forward-looking advice. It has been imporant to me that the firm is switched on about taxation, so a firm that comprises both Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisers is likely to be a good choice. I have decided to work with Chippenham firm Carter Dutton.
Browsing through the latest newsletter from Ekklesia I came across a “so true” article by Gene Stoltzfus about making the anger in us a force for good. He draws his conclusions from his work with Christian Peacemaker Teams. Read the article in his blog (or republished by Ekklesia).
To add thoughts from Julia Cameron, in her book The Artist's Way, as she speaks of how to think when we find that we are angry: “Anger is fuel… anger is meant to be listened to… anger is a map. I like the idea that, if we don't let it overcome us or turn into hatred (as Gene puts it), it helps to show us the way forward.
I am excited that my investment in SIMATM Who do you think you are? training is bearing fruit, and a good addition to my coaching work.
So, the new business is building (praise God!) and this week I have also met with the Wilsher Group again to look at ways forward of collaboration, with particular interest in their coaching work and use of the Insights Discovery Personal Profile which is based on Jungian typology.
One of the highlights of my time with CMS was a one-month visit to India and Sri Lanka, in January 2006. I've finally got round to uploading the photos in this album, although they seem to be in random order!