In one sense, I’m as far away from my work this week as it is possible to be. I’m writing to you for this week’s Coaching & Mediation Weekly from The Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, California (click on the link – it’s truly incredible). Zabriskie Point is named after the man who put in nearly 50 years of devoted service to the Pacific Coast Borax Company, a mining business.

Christian Brevoort Zabriskie will forever be remembered and associated with this place. Over 5 million years ago, rivers flowed here, but no longer – the passage of time has changed so much in the landscape. Finding out about him and this place made me wonder how often we could do more to remember and honour all those who have shaped our own personal and career landscapes – and contributed to its many transformations.

A few days ago we saw the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in which so many tragically died. And the day after the attacks, my Dad also passed away. The memory of that time this week makes me wonder what we have learned, not just from the events, but also from the cherished qualities of those who we left behind.

From my Dad I learnt how important it is, in this mad and pressurised world of work, where people clamour for our attention all the time, to take time to rest the mind as well as the body. It’s a matter of basic animal survival that we should be allowed the time to slip our brains into a neutral gear in order to stop and reflect.

It’s a lesson I try my best to pass on through all aspects of the work we do with clients. So while in one sense I’m far away from my work, in another I’m happy to say that it’s caused me to feel that I really couldn’t be any closer.

After all, had I not listened to my Dad, I wouldn’t have been able to think these thoughts and write these words today.


Caroline Sheridan, Chair, Workplace and Employment CMC group and Founder of Sheridan Resolutions