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Things are getting worse!

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In a recent coaching conversation, my client declared ‘things are getting worse’. Whilst acknowledging his progress in being more skilful and human in his leadership, he was experiencing more occasions of regret, discomfort, awkwardness or embarrassment about his interactions with others. For me, this indicates that things are getting better! (more…)

Transforming conversations

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In seeking to better explain the relevance of my dialogue-related work, I’ve been stimulated by a ‘Capability Accelerator’ programme offered by the International Futures Forum. The programme outlines practice-based frameworks for Transformative Innovation (Graham Leicester) and offers action-learning support to participants, who engage in a project over nine months. (more…)

Conversation operating systems

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Recently, I’ve been exploring how to better explain the relevance of my dialogue-related work, in which I draw attention to the relationship between the shape and quality of conversations and what happens next. Crucially, different ‘forms’ of conversation are more useful for some purposes than others. Therefore, it pays to understand how best to create the conditions for bringing about a particular outcome. (more…)

System upgrades

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I began this year in retreat, solitary and silent. It was a period of much needed self-examination and reflection following an autumn in which I’d become increasingly ragged. My ability to be present was reduced, impacting the quality of my work. I was crabby and short-tempered with those I love. I was ‘out of sorts’, with a sense of having lost contact with my essential nature, the inner architecture that guides me, and supports my best work.

The erosion of my capacity was attributable to a gradual accumulation of causes, some clearly self-inflicted. (more…)

L-edges

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Witnessing extreme cyclist Danny MacAskill ride Collie’s Ledge in the Cuillin Mountains is a heart-stopping experience. Two fellow coaches watched ‘The Ridge’ with me, and could barely look. A small camera on Danny’s helmet allowed us to share in the vertiginous drops, and the judders and bumps of the narrow rocky trail.

The short film is already an internet sensation. For me though, the documentary about the making of it is more potent. In this, the toil and care involved in getting the spectacular footage demonstrates the dedication and commitment required of the team. There can be no short cuts in navigating the rugged terrain and the vagaries of the Scottish weather. (more…)

Mind the gap

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With a couple of recent examples of not meeting my expectations of myself clear in my mind, I’m thoughtful about moments of error, failure, defeat, misjudgement, or unskilfulness. I’m referring to the kind of episode where, despite our general competence, effectiveness and good intent, we melt down (or flare up), are forgetful of good practice, or clumsy in implementing it. We only realise something has gone awry by the impact of our words or actions, in the form of distress or disadvantage to others.

These lapses in good practice occur for all sorts of reasons (more…)