From a Land Down Under

After several months of a gradual easing-in, my work travel has increased considerably. At turns wearying and exhilarating, the travel presents interesting opportunities for reflection. 
Today I am writing from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, waiting to board a trans-Tasman flight to continue a two-week stint of training in the Southern Hemisphere. The first week in a suburb east of Melbourne was trying: first time delivering a pair of classes and faced with a more senior and more skeptical audience than I have previously faced. 

  
In the end, the senior most participant stood to thank me on behalf of the class, sharing that he had been especially resistant at the start of the week but had come to reassess his way of managing and would embrace new ideas to be more of a leader.  That thrilled me. 

Another nice part of this trip has been the opportunity to spend two weekends down here with friends and their families. The weather is perfectly autumnal, the crisp coolness contrasting with Bangkok’s peak heat. 

Over time, I will learn how to make these trips more effective so their impact on the home life isn’t as great. As with everything, their is a measure of good and bad in it, and what you make of it is more a matter of how you choose to view it. 

11 thoughts on “From a Land Down Under

  1. I imagine it is hard to travel frequently with many challenges. You have a good attitude that will go far in making the work related trips satisfying in many ways. Love all your artful pictures. The pictures would make a nice book. Safe travels.

  2. Glad to know more about your work phase. I have not visited the Land down Under yet, hope to see more trip photos from your business trip!

  3. I wonder why he was so resistant? Good work though, sounds like you prepared well and you knew that what you do is useful.

    Ahhh Melbourne. Lovely, beautiful Melbourne!!!! I hope you enjoyed the food and the relaxed atmosphere.

  4. it isn’t precisely so simple as ooo, scarier audience, far greater rewards… but something never surprised me you’d be offering highly advanced concepts to the senior leadership. I know precious few facts for that area despite a friend of my own who did some living time there- save it has a dreamboat reverse osmosis de salination station for fresh drinking water there the ecstacy of civil engineers…and is vaguely part of the America’s cup. but it seems it is a little energizer of the soul for someone with his job well done.

  5. Glad to hear that you received positive feedback and that you enjoyed Melbourne. I hope to see you in Sydney some day. We always miss each other! It still boggles the mind that we swapped countries in the same month!

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