Today, 6 April 2012, the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton, North Devon, opens. The Guardian provided a nice article about the opening, featuring the Prince of Wales taking a wave in 1920, arguably as one of the first photographed British surfers.The article is nicely titled: ‘A Prince is born to rule the waves – and to surf in Hawaii.’ Yes, and the article comments on his form, but he certainly caught a wave.
Can surfers learn from business leaders, or vice versa? Paul Shoemaker has written about six things that characterize strategic thinkers – things they do well: http://www.inc.com/paul-schoemaker/6-Habits-of-Strategic-Thinkers.html Well, think about it – surfers – these are all aspects of good surfing. They are:
1. Anticipate, focusing on what lies ahead. Well, all surfers sit with their eyes off-shore, looking for the next best wave.
2. Think Critically, not following the herd, but making your own judgements. Good surfers do not get lost in a pack of surfers competing for the same wave.
3. Interpret, synthesizing information from multiple sources. This of course is the art of surfing – taking in signals from the ocean, wind, the movements of other surfers.
4. Decide, rather than freese up and not make a decision. Good surfers don’t sit on their board all day, but take the best wave and go for it.
5. Align with others. Good surfers are not rouge surfers, they gain the respect of others, who know that they will be fair even if competitive in taking wave, and respect the other surfers.
6. Learn from success as well as failure, constantly. Surfers can always improve and all good surfers sense that surfing gets easier and easier, unless you push yourself to another level, given what you’ve learned.
Again, this short list demonstrates the premise of this blog: Surfing provides good rules to live by, and life provides good rules for surfing through life and wiping out with dignity. Apply them!
Fascinating how a UK government tax change that effects whether or not VAT is charged on pasties became a national debate over whether the Chancellor and Prime Minister were in touch with their constituents.
This has been a continuing media story that has had one clear impact, I am sure: More people are sampling pasties. I, for one, tried one the next day. They are great. So, despite VAT, the government might have given the Cornish Pasty advertising that you can’t buy.