The Meaning Of Colours

What does the colour green mean to you? What about black? Red? Blue? What happens when you think of the colour worn by your favourite football team? And what about the colour worn by their deadliest rivals? As you can feel, colours really matter to people. I was reminded of this recently when I wrote this post referring to…

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Reinventing Organizations in Belfast

I got back last night from my first-ever visit to Northern Ireland. It was fascinating on multiple levels. I had my first chance to work with a brilliant Clean facilitator, Martin Snoddon, who’s been using Clean Language in peace-building for years: in Northern Ireland and elsewhere – including Ukraine, Israel/Palestine, South Africa and Haiti. I learned…

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Exploring flexibility

“Watch bamboo bend with the wind: it overcomes the wind by yielding to it. If it were stiff, it would break, but because it yields, it overcomes. Thus, weakness produces strength, and strength produces weakness.” This Taoist principle came to mind as I was completing three pieces of collaboration skills development work this week. Two…

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How Can I Avoid The Teaching Trap?

Ouch! I caught myself falling into the teaching trap yet again this week. What’s the teaching trap? It’s a bit like the heffalump trap in Winnie The Pooh: a deep hole into which a passing heffalump is intended to fall, but which ends up trapping Pooh himself. It’s a trap I first learned about in NLP…

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Noticing Metaphors: Good Thing Or Bad Thing?

“Talking to you yesterday, I was very conscious that I used loads of metaphors. I couldn’t decide whether that was a good or bad thing!” I find it fascinating when people become aware of their metaphors for the first time. Suddenly, they notice a few of the six metaphors per minute that have been there…

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