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’[…]

Looking for more than formulaic coaching? Try a “useful conversation”

Sometimes the only place to be is right here and now Coaching should be about much more than just setting goals to be achieved in the future. Important as this can be, it just doesn’t cut it for many professionals I work with. They are looking for something more meaningful, more immediate and more generally[…]

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[…]

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[…]