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Mike Davis-Marks
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Sounds like he needs an Ethos /SEME4 LD Platform

Welcome to 2 new members to the Ethos Network community - Penny Jackson  (one of our Ethos Partners) and +Lee Smallwood.  If, and only if, you feel comfortable, please write a very short blog introducing yourselves to the Ethos Network and in particular, what your passions are (in Lee's case, I think it might be bulldogs).

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Share once you have found the cat 😃
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Listening in Silence

I feel the need to apologise to anyone who has ever tried to get hold of me and failed.  You see, I live in perpetual fear of my mobile going off at  inappropriate moments - during an important meeting; at the cinema or theatre; in one of those carriages on the train that have ‘Quiet Zone’ stickers on them -  that I permanently have my phone switched to silent.  Even when I don’t need to.

Most of the time, I have my phone in a trouser pocket so I know when it is going off, but sometimes - too often, perhaps - it is not and I consequently miss the call. Which is alright if it’s not urgent, but if it is my lovely wife asking me to pick up a pint of milk on the way home - well that puts me in deep doo dah.

I was travelling home by train from London after a successful business meeting the other day, in a ‘Quiet Zone’, when someone’s phone went off and he proceeded to have a conversation using handsfree headphones (which generally encourage the speaker to raise their voice a tad).  Well, we were all thinking it, but I am not sure I expected the reaction from a fellow traveller, who stood up, walked over and with his nose only a few inches away from the offender, asked him not too politely whether he could read the sign above his head.  And so, an awkward silence fell on the carriage.  I was mildly irritated by the mobile phoner, and I absolutely do not condone how the other passenger dealt with it, but perhaps it’s not surprising why my phone stays on silent.

So if my children grow up stunted and under developed from lack of calcium, now you know why.
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We now have 52 members- most of whom joined in only the last week - and enough to produce a pack of playing cards (apt in my case).  The next two to join will be Jokers...

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Don't just do something stand there
 
In my first job at the BBC, doing planning for Post Production, I used to beast in to my work, focus hard, and try to improve. The result was I often finished my day's work in a few hours. I would then look around at my fellow office workers still working away and wonder. 

When I got into management I would sit in meetings that were there because they'd always been there. People had forgotten why they were originally instigated but they still turned up, because that is what you do. Again I wondered.

Nowadays I walk through the city and look in on open plan offices of mostly men in suits staring at computer screens in mute dedication. And still I wonder.

Nowadays I am a professional pontificator. I get paid to think and share what I think. Sometimes I feel guilty about this. I feel guilty about how much I enjoy my job. About how it doesn't feel like work. I have more than my fair share of legacy protestant work ethic. With a mum who was an elder in The Church Of Scotland it was inevitable. 

But I want more thinking. I want more people to think more. I am often told that it is unreasonable to expect others to think, especially not at work. They are too busy, too keen to keep their heads down. 

Such compliant busyness. Does it have to be this way? 

I wonder.  

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Hi - I'm Michael Davis-Marks, more commonly known as MDM.  Ex Royal Navy Submariner (we all have our cross to bear), Ethos Partner and passionate about people (and er.. chocolate).  Mars bar to first person to spot me in the picture below.
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WOW! An Inverted and submerged camera is used to capture this beautiful and unique perspective of a majestic Whale swimming underwater. If I had no clue how this was created my first thought would be ...Whales have evolved to fly gracefully.

#wowfactor #underwaterphotography #whales  
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