Yes, I know it was hot the other day when I was down in London to present at a conference on ‘Transforming The Way We Work: A Vision for Mobile Public Sector.’ It felt like how it does when you step out of the plane after you have landed in the Costas. The people of London had got their ire up. The traffic was bedlam and the sound of horns honking and sirens blaring made we want to turn around and head back up to the cooler climes that I am more used to. I bought a postcard (see Unfolding Plans 93 for an explanation) and I really did feel like I was in the holiday spirit except for one thing. I was wearing a jacket and tie.
At one time I thought that I was the only person in the whole of the South East with a tie on yet when I got to the conference there were another one or two. It was good to see others maintaining such high standards when all of those had resorted to comfort.
Before I got underway at the conference I commented on how it was nice to see some people still being properly dressed. I gave my talk about ‘Guerrilla Working’ and how I was ploughing my own furrow, daring to be different and it seemed to go down well enough.
Afterwards though I received a tweet: @whitecat21: @PhilJackman this man has no desk but still wears a tie.
It made me laugh. It made me think. So much of me I feel is unconventional yet so much of me couldn’t be more normal. I did see a programme on BBC4 about being Bohemian where John Cooper Clark described himself as the most normal person he’s ever come across and so we need to put these things in perspective. I’m an odd mixture, eclectic perhaps but then aren’t we all? Don’t we all have those little idiosyncrasies which seem to be at odds with how our character appears?
My greatest fear is that I become one of ‘them’, whoever them may be. I don’t want to fall into the trap of doing the same thing over and over again. For example I never park in the same spot or wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row unless circumstances dictate. I fight hard to not get stuck in a routine. There are things I’ll leap into without thinking twice (I am a congenital volunteer) while there are others about which I have hesitated and lost. I am ruthlessly organised so that I can come across as relaxed and ready for anything.
I am a dichotomy.
Since my launch into Guerrilla Working I have found more and more people working in a more agile way. I must admit though to suffering from the odd pang of… well I’m not sure what it is. I’m getting these odd feelings. They are a mixture of disappointment and guilt and perhaps it is because rather than I am becoming one of ‘them’, they are becoming me.
It could be time to reinvent myself and become that other guy, you know, the one who is doing something different again.