Getting clear about what we mean by ‘change’

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Let’s just spend a moment reflecting on what we mean by the terms, change, adaptation and transformation. Terms that are bandied about and used interchangeably in the popular media, however they are different facets of change. Change is a term that can apply very generally, however when I use it, I mean it in the ...

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Systemic organisational coaching: a tale of two paradigms

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If you are concerned with leadership development and practice or change initiatives, the deeply held beliefs you hold about how the world works will influence how successful you will be. So what are your beliefs? Are you even aware of them? The modern western culture has been heavily influenced by what is known as Newtonian ...

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What is systems change?

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‘Systems change’ is a term that is used a lot, but often used in ways that mean lots of different things. What do we mean when we say we are going to help you change or transform the system? In an effort to answer this seemingly simple question, allow me to offer some definitions first, so ...

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What is reality?

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Over the last few months, I have been exploring how I perceive reality. And I came across this TED talk by Anil Seth, which is fascinating.  If you are interested in leading change, then how we perceive what is ‘real’ is so important. If we all see something different ‘out there’ then how can we ...

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Where to focus your attention?

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What’s the root cause? The problem we should really be addressing? Everyone exercising their leadership faces the challenge of needing to decide where to focus their attention. The story below by one of my favourite authors captures our current dilemma beautifully. SINKING SHIP by Daniel Quinn (2018) The ship was sinking—and sinking fast. The captain told ...

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Success or failure is never alone

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It is tempting, isn’t it, to think of ourselves as singular individuals with our own fears, concerns, aspirations and resources. We are taught in our society that we each need to be independent and stand on our own two feet. But increasingly in my work and life, I am recognising how interdependent we all are ...

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To prosper we need to recognise that we only have one planet

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Did you know that if everyone on Earth lived the lifestyle Australian’s live, that we would need approximately 4 Earths to survive? And that number is getting larger each year – not smaller. It is, how can I say it… unsustainable! A great video from TEDX where Terry A’Hearn identifies three ways you can exercise ...

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Leadership & Trump: What can we learn?

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What can we learn about leadership from Trump? I could sit back and howl at those who elected Trump – or I could learn from it. I choose to learn. Keep reading if you’d also like to discover what you might learn too. Heifetz (author of my favourite leadership framework) makes a clear distinction between the ...

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High performance and the pressure of expectations

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This morning I have had two experiences collide. The Rio Olympics are coming to a close and the Australian obsession (that becomes apparent every four years) with “who is to blame for us not winning as much gold as we expected (and paid for)?” is in full flight. The second is a question that arose ...

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