If you don’t already know, there’s much more to your FULL address than just your street, town and country.

For example, I live in St Kilda, a bayside inner suburb of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. But, that’s only the small local part of it.

To pinpoint the exact spot, as far as we know it at present, it looks more like this:

St Kilda,
Earth, Planet No. 3,
Solar System,
Orion Spur on the Sagittarius Spiral Arm,
Milky Way Galaxy,
Local Cluster,
Virgo Supercluster,

Now there’s an address! You can also tag it on to your own local address.


If you like you can take ten minutes to meditate on your real place in the universe. This article will help you to do so. I particularly liked Hubble’s comment to Edith Sitwell:

— Read the full Washington Post article here …

One of the complaints I hear again and again from most people in business is the amount of time that they waste each and every day in business meetings.

These are meetings where the truth is never told, where decisions are never made and where everyone plays along until the meeting ends so they can rush off to their next meeting.

It’s a very rare business meeting where one finds that there’s not an elephant lurking in the room.

My own experience has been that in nearly every business meeting the room is so full of elephants that there seems hardly enough room for those in the meeting. And, what’s more, the elephants are all naked!!

I’m planning to shortly publish an article called Elephant Spotting: The Art and Science of Spotting Elephants in the Room

DFQ:  In your next meeting, instead of paying attention to the ‘Agenda’,  you can see if you can find how many elephants there are in the room.

In April 2010 SOT accepted the first intake of qualified Esquires into the School of Chivalry and the next intake will be in September 2010.

Traditionally, an Esquire is a trainee Knight. Knights of legend capture our imagination with their romance of faith, their spirit of adventure their rigorous training and prowess in battle. From Sir Galahad to Luke Skywalker the knights and their orders of chivalry have enjoyed a peculiar quality which has lasted for 900 years.

Today, we can see a growing conversation around the world on things like “values”, “ethical leadership“, “social responsibility” and “philanthropy” as well as personal training and service to others.

SOT has been researching and providing training on these issues since 1998 and we feel the time has now come to extend this training to qualified SOT members.

The mission of the School of Chivalry is to provide coaching to qualified candidates in the history, strategies, virtues and quintessential skills of chivalrytraining and service.

Part One of the training is: QRH.  Part Two: The Meme of Chivalry.

There will be ten candidates per intake and the next intake is in September 2010. If you are already listed as an SOT Instructor and you would like to be considered as a candidate for this training post your application in the Comments Box below.

In the School of Chivalry, those who successfully complete the training will be prepared for the accolade of knighthood. There are no fees. There is only personal training and service to others.

The motto of the School of Chivalry is:  QRH.

Caravaggio – Knight of Malta

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610)
Portrait of a Knight of Malta, Fra Antonio Martelli, 1607-8
Oil on canvas
Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti, Florence


You can do a lot if you’re properly trained“, so says Elizabeth II.

The Queen is one of the most successful world leaders still alive today. She has served in her job for several generations and through many changing environments. Here she chats informally and intimately about her own unique life. It goes for 10 minutes and has several insights and ideas to reflect upon about people … about personal communication, hospitality, recognition, trust, listening, confidentiality, professionalism, duty, continuity and training …


What is the most useful insight you can take away for your own life from Elizabeth’s experience about the value of training?