What Are Your Colleagues Really Like? Here’s How To Find Out

What are your colleagues really like? If you’ve been sitting next to them for years, you probably have a fair idea. But what if you’re the newbie? Or what if you work remotely and hardly ever get to meet your colleagues – so you miss out on the banter and social chit-chat? When I work…

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The “Depression Is An Illness” Metaphor

When I’m talking about the importance of metaphor, I often use the following example. What do you reckon? Do you know anyone who has a stomach ulcer? 30-odd years ago,everyone knew somebody, or several people, who did. It was assumed to be a “lifestyle disease” caused by eating rich food and drinking alcohol. One would…

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How To Beat Groupthink In Your Team Meetings

Does your team suffer from groupthink? It turns out that most groups do. Aristotle believed that groups would be greater than the sum of their parts. But modern research – and probably your own experience – shows that groups are pretty poor at making decisions. They bet on ideas that crash, miss out on spectacular opportunities, and pursue unsuccessful…

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Three Ways To Handle Your Creative Tension

How do you handle your creative tension? Uncomfortable, isn’t it? The uncertainty, the crises of confidence, the dread of failure. In creative tension, we’re not just grappling with “How will I solve this?” but, more likely, a sense of “Am I capable of solving it?” and even “Is this problem even the right problem?” And at…

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Why does Clean Language help people change?

Clean Language and metaphor: a powerful combination for making change happen. You may have experienced this for yourself. But why does it work? When David Grove first created the process, it probably seemed mysterious, even magical. How can a few simple questions make such a difference? Nowadays, though, it’s possible to understand. The academics have caught…

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