In My Own Time - Richard Hamer, Director of external affairs at Capability Scotland

7th December 2012 at 00:00

Books

- I struggle with novels unless I'm on holiday. Otherwise I'm addicted to books that help me understand people and organisations. The closest I've come to attending a book club has been sharing recommendations with Capability Scotland's fundraising team. I have them to thank for Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath. It's a great book for inspiring new ways of working. I love the idea of improving performance by learning from the things that are working well, rather than focusing on those that aren't.

Music

- I've got a horrible feeling I'm stuck in the early 1980s. I still love the music from that era and find the bands I most like now, such as the Editors, evoke the same period. Lloyd Cole tops my charts, though; not as in "and the Commotions", but his solo work. He's still writing and touring and I never tire of his somewhat melancholy music. Having young boys has challenged me to recognise today's chart music. I couldn't bear to be that dad who moans about how music was so much better in my day.

Films

- Watching a film is a fantastic way of resetting my mood. My work at Capability Scotland can end up being all-consuming. There's always something that can be done, or a new opportunity to be explored, that might help improve a disabled child or adult's life. So it's good to be transported to another place or time, if just for a couple of hours, to get a bit of perspective. It's the quirky films that attract me; Charlie Kaufman's Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind rank among my favourites but his Synecdoche, New York lost me - it's just odd.

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