Like mindedness

Common goals or an alignment of interests are usually a good thing in any organisation. They ensure that the people involved operate in harmony and that all the energy is applied to the task at hand.

In a reasonably sized corporation though, quite often people’s individual goals are diverse and, therefore, lacking in harmony. If you want to rule the world and I want to chase butterflies at lunchtime, we might find it hard to get on. And harder still to achieve the organisations goals (unless they involve ruling the world while chasing butterflies, which seems unlikely!)

Rowden, however, is  one of those rare places where the aim of the organisation is to simply let those that come to train there achieve their own goals, almost irrespective of what those goals actually are. 

Let me explain…

Rowden is very clear as to what a student might expect to experience and learn in the time they are here. In return, all Daren, Ed and John ask is that the student commits time and energy to learning. 

What David, these guys, and Rowden itself doesn’t do is ask the student to explain or rationalise their motives for being there.

So, if you have ever thought about doing a woodworking course, be it for a week, six months or a year, fear not that your motivations will be put under the spotlight, or that every student is expected to be the next Chippendale, Maloof or Krenov. 

Simply come with an open mind to learn and let the experience lead to you achieving your own, personal, and deep rooted goals, regardless of how sensible or potty they may sound if you ever had to explain them… which you don’t!   

Until next time,



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