Career Conversations – A guest post by Allana Holmes

Allana reflects on our conversations over coffee I had come to a point where I had been in the same role for eight years and I loved it. However, I felt I needed something more from my career but I wasn’t entirely sure what that meant. I just knew I was ready for a change.[…]

Time for a new metaphor for organisation life?

I recently wrote a post calling for a rethink of systems thinking. I argued that “thinking of organisations as ‘human systems’ leads to the assumption that people are ‘devices’ in a machine. They become thought of as similar to the computers and other non-sentient resources [and that therefore] human beings continue to be ‘human resources’[…]

Real-world Consiglieri – Leading from the shadows

I was recently gifted a book titled Consiglieri: Leading from the shadows¹. It was a present from my Mother-In-Law who was told about the book by her friend, who is herself the Mother-In-Law of the author, Richard Hytner. By this circuitous, in-law-laden route I am pleased to say I have in my possession a refreshingly[…]

An Appreciative Inquiry

I’ve recently been working with teams reviewing their progress against goals, celebrating achievements and exploring areas for development. Most interventions of this kind would involve the team reflecting on their successes and failures. The team would highlight strengths, problem solve for underlying causes of weakness and action plan for change. This is certainly an approach[…]

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[…]

Finding your centre – lessons from a busy commute

Picture the scene: a packed commuter train with hundreds of people crammed in. I just about manage to squeeze into the carriage as the doors close. It’s Friday evening after a busy week at work. I contemplate 40 minutes of this hell, standing within inches of several, similarly tired commuters (and a yucca plant…don’t ask).[…]