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Learning Leadership with Presence

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March 21st, 2018

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What is leadership? There are many perspectives on what the right kind of leadership is for the 21st Century. Most seem to acknowledge it is predominantly about learning to deal with ambiguity and complexity. But this isn’t new. It reminds me of the wonderful book written by Alan Watts: “The Wisdom of Insecurity: a Message […]

Why is change so hard?

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February 2nd, 2017

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It’s not like we never change, it’s something we do almost daily. If there are road works on our way to work, we find an alternative route. If the supermarket moves where it puts our favourite items, we don’t just stand there waiting for them to put them back, we explore, ask around, or choose […]

Why bother with experiential learning?

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December 1st, 2015

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Most people will have heard the adage of “I hear I forget, I see I remember, I do, I understand…” but is it as simple as that? Is it just about making something memorable? Let’s go back a step to why and how we develop leaders. For me, the point of developing leaders is not […]

In service of the group: Why good facilitation matters

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August 20th, 2015

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May be I’m a facilitation snob, but over the last few months I’ve seen quite a few facilitators who are well-meaning but to a greater or lesser extent, unskilled. That’s not to say that there isn’t latent potential in these facilitators, but it is, as yet untapped. As we recruit for either full time or […]

Power: what can horses teach us?

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July 9th, 2015

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I was standing in the arena recently working with horses and a group of leaders, all of whom were seeking to develop their presence in some way; increase their impact or just return to themselves. As I watched, I started to think about power and why we, as individuals, can sometimes shy away from fully […]