Consulting lessons from a convert to Guinness

August 23, 2006

I’ve been hosting two American blogger friends of mine over the past week or so and it’s been so interesting to hear about my city second hand and from a new perspective. It’s amazing what you take for granted when you live somewhere all the time. I’ve learned that electric kettles that automatically shut off are a new phenomenon where my friends come from; just because you think you know where you are going doesn’t mean there are street signs to assist; non Guinness drinkers, if placed in the right hot house environment can become evangelists for the stuff etc. All joking aside it’s affirmed for me the usefulness of having a different view on what we take for granted and most of the time that’s what my work involves – turning something upside down or sideways to get a better view and to offer that difference to my cilent. 9 times out of 10 change works because the difference makes sense, and if we can approach that search from a position of curiosity then I believe that anything (including converting to being a Guinness drinker) is possible! Now whether or not that Guinness situation is sustainable change is a topic for another discussion.