The Joy of Flight Delays

It’s a “first world problem”.  Flight delays.  When air travel works, I love travelling as a speaker and teacher.  When there are delays… I start to reconsider how much it should be worth to leave my comfortable home city of Barcelona.

What to do when your flight is delayed? 

  1. Step 1: be grateful that I am travelling alone, and not with my kids. 
  2. Step 2: buy some food before the shops in the airport close and I am left starving. 
  3. Step 3: hope that the connection in Madrid waits for us.  
  4. Step 4: start writing…

Here’s one ugly looking departures screen at Barcelona airport this evening. There’s some storm hitting Portugal at the moment.

What I do when I am waiting?  I write blog posts, I update my IESE technical notes, I add thoughts and ideas to my journal.  

I’m sitting here for the next 2 hours… so hit me with your comments and let me know how you handle flight delays?


  1. Here’s my “flight delay” suggestion, that came from a Youtube suggestion after watching one of your videos weeks ago.
    it is only fair to share it with you, Conor:

    Simon Sinek-
    -when people don’t want to work anywhere else (min 4:50)
    -example of loyalty at work and why (min 8)

    If the delay gets worse:

    A not fullfilling job kills us:
    min 5: study on parenting not fulfilling jobs + children bullying and much more
    min 32: a big bank giving bonus to those doing something for others

    He talks so clear and well, I just loved him!


  2. I have a list in my phone of videos, posts, ted talks to wach… I take advantage to wach them when I’m tired to work on writting in aeroports.

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