I recently saw a musical performance of the Disney classic Peter Pan. It was good to get reacquainted with the story again. Then, almost by coincidence, I heard a new song called 'Neverland' which is based on the Peter Pan story. Fortunately I saw the musical first as it gave the song more meaning. 


If you pay attention there is much to learn from art. The art I'm referring to covers the traditional visual arts like painting and sculpture to other forms of creative expression like music, literature, and dance. These are the first of the nine lessons as I believe relate to our lives and business.


Hard skills are valued in business, especially those that relate to technical know-how and take years of education and training to accumulate. They're teachable and employers have traditionally hired people because of these skills. They're valued because they help us to track, measure and tick boxes on how the business and our people are performing. A business needs to have a view of what's going on. You can't fix what you don't know. However, are the hard skills enough?


It's easy to limit our potential. We can hide behind 'ifs' and 'buts' rather than being inspired to act. We can blame others and take a victim approach. None of which do us any good.


I avoided watching Frozen. You know, the movie with the song Let It Go that you (I) can’t get out of your (my) head? It seems to be everywhere. However under the influence of my youngest son’s urging “when are you going to watch it?” I put it on my to-do list.


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