Comment: Think, plan, act – and relax!

Incredibly, we’re already in June, the longest day looms, and half of 2015 has gone, says Frontline managing editor Lynn Eaton.  

Many of you will be looking forward to a summer holiday. This year, I’m taking an ‘austerity break’. Rather than jetting off to southern Europe, I’m walking along the Thames Path in stages, starting at the Thames Barrier in Greenwich last Christmas Eve. The next leg is Maidenhead to Pangbourne (not even half way yet). 
Wish me luck with reaching the river’s source before this Christmas Eve.
As we reach the mid-way point in Frontline’s annual cycle, the final CPD article in a four-part series on leadership might well be worth a look (page 32). 
In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, with a ‘must do now’ mentality, it’s all too easy to lose sight of longer-term goals. Embarking on a project, particularly if it’s about changing behaviour, is always a challenge. Having clear, identifiable objectives helps. 
But sometimes the journey is as important as the goal – if not more so.
On my Thames journey, I hadn’t anticipated so many unexpected pleasures. Spotting a ramshackle houseboat or a sprawling mansion with its own cruiser. Seeing the M25 and M4 from a new perspective: underneath! 
So, step off the treadmill of life for half an hour. Take a break and enjoy reading about your colleagues’ work in this issue of Frontline. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of inspiration. Why not tell us which article fired you up – or made you angry? 
  • Lynn Eaton managing editor Frontline and head of CSP member communications,
Lynn Eaton

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