Obsessed with change – what about tradition and stability?

I recently attended a conference at which Ralph Stacey, a renowned professor in the field of complexity, said something that resonated with me. He said that “we have become obsessed with change.” He went to say that “this is nonsensical. We also need tradition and stability”. I’ve recently become acutely aware of how much pressure[…]

Schein’s ‘Humble Inquiry’ – Old Ideas Rehashed. Thank Goodness!

After reading Edgar Schein’s latest book (Humble Inquiry, The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling), I was initially dismissive: ‘These are old ideas rehashed’. I was able to skim-read the book in less than 30 minutes and didn’t feel the need to deep-dive into any sections. This is usually a sign the material is[…]

Is your thinking ‘black or white’? Should it be shades of green?

I was recently watching a BBC current affairs programme during which Jeremy Paxman, a somewhat cantankerous British journalist, hosted a healthy, challenging debate about the English Lake District National Park. This debate was of particular interest to me. The Lake District is a place of significant spiritual meaning to me. From an early age, I’ve[…]

Culture Change – Time To Throw Away The Carrot And Stick

This post explores alternatives to the behaviourist-informed practices that currently hold sway as many organisations attempt to change their cultures. After writing about Gestalt as an approach to personal development, I’ve also been reflecting on how it offers solutions to the challenges facing many of our organisations. Flowing from what seems to be an endless trail of[…]

The Paradox of Change – A Gestalt Perspective

I recently revisited the work of Paul Barber¹, a recognised authority in Gestalt facilitation. It reminded me how much my work with individuals, groups and organisations has Gestalt theory and practice as a core strand. It also reminded me just how powerful Gestalt approaches to personal and group change can be, but also how paradoxical[…]

Embodied Leadership by Pete Hamill – Book Review

This post is a review of Pete Hamill’s book, Embodied Leadership: The Somatic Approach to Developing Your Leadership. At just short of 1400 words, this post is longer than usual, but I make no excuses. Stretch your attention span a little. This is an important book covering an important approach to leadership development. I’ll start by[…]

Passwords – symbols of disempowering organisation cultures

Congratulations must go to the humble password for adding unnecessary cost into our businesses, making our systems less secure and contributing to the disengagement of millions of employees. They are indeed symbols and actual contributors to disempowerment within our organisations. A bit harsh? I don’t think so. For me, passwords have become one of the[…]