There’ll be Music and Flowers

Finally!!!  The music for both the ceremony and the reception is decided.

A friend of ours is a music teacher but she also plays in a string quartet and so we’ve asked them to play at the ceremony.  We’ve listened to those wedding music CDs I mentioned before.  For me, it’s not so much about demanding certain pieces; more about the pieces I don’t want.  I’ve told Vicky that she’d better not be too late, leaving me to listen to some obscure playlist.

For the evening reception, we’ve booked The Bedroom Orchestra (aka Tristan Mackay).  He’s a regular busker in Leeds city centre and there are loads of clips of him doing just that on YouTube.  I will admit to being a little dubious about whether, as a one man band, he could create the party atmosphere we want at the reception but after speaking to him on the phone, that fear quickly went away.  We decided against Three Men and a Bass in the end.  There were just too many instances of them not getting back in touch for long periods of time; they didn’t seem to want or care about the booking enough.  If it was going to be this hard getting in touch with them this long before the wedding, how hard was it going to be in the weeks and days in the run up to the big event?

We recently got a text message from our florist; she’s had her baby and all’s well.  We also got her quote along with the ideas she has for the various floral arrangements.  They look really good!  Having said that, there’s a discussion going on about what kind of button-hole I’m going to wear.  I’m told that traditionally, it should be a heather but I’m struggling to find out if that’s true.  Anyone got any reference points for me?

The best man now knows he’s wearing a kilt and is not nearly put out enough for my liking.  He’s still promising a speech to top all wedding speeches.  Apparently, his wife is vetting them and has ruled out three versions to-date.

What Motivates Us?

For me, it’s about learning.  People never stop learning.  There’s even a phrase… “…learnt something new today!”

So when the presenter in the animation talks about Atlassian‘s “Free-for-All Thursdays”, I bet everyone who has watched this nodded their head in agreement at that point.  Being given the time and freedom to explore a topic of interest, at least for Atlassian it seems, is delivering tangible results.

In business, there has always been a background “pressure” to do more and more with the same resources or less.  That pressure is pushing its way to the front in the current climate and whatever (little) freedoms people have had in the past, I think, are being eroded.

My argument is for allowing some slack for research and (personal?) development in everyone’s work schedule.  As with Atlassian, that freedom also comes with the responsibility to feedback the benefit derived from it.  However, I think the results would be surprising in whatever scenario it was used.