thinking

Looking towards the mountains…

I’m writing this from Kathmandu where I’m working this week, and I’m looking in the vague direction of Everest, though I can’t see it as the city is cloaked in a smoggy blanket. It’s a kind of surreal metaphor for the year ahead: I know there are mountains to climb, views to behold, challenges to face, but I don’t quite know when and where they’ll come. 2012 brought a massive… Read More »Looking towards the mountains…

Inspired by TEDx

Last week I got to participate in the first TEDxExeter event. TEDx events are a global phenomenon with literally thousands of events happening each year and folk like me use TED talks as a staple in leadership development and to inspire thinkers. So clearly I’m a TED fan, and as soon as I learned there was going to be a TEDx event in Exeter (thanks @tobite) I was in the… Read More »Inspired by TEDx

Living at the porous edge…

Today was a very stimulating day in the company of great thinkers – the Future of Work consortium is certainly at the front end of futures thinking. I ended the day thinking about boundary spanning leadership and was reflecting on the inspiring work being done by colleagues at the Center for Creative Leadership – Christ Ernst and Steadman Harrison. Often times I find myself further out than even the ‘edge… Read More »Living at the porous edge…

Collaboration: the means to an end, or ?

Is collaboration a means to an end, or a legitimate end in itself? I guess that depends on context, on the desired end (or outcome), and the importance of meaningful work and our fundamental, human, relational existence… Just thinking…

Trust on credit?

With Lynda Gratton’s Future of Work research consortium today exploring complex collaboration and it sounds as though my thinking on trust – my concepts of ‘trust on credit’, ‘vicarious trust’, and ‘earning your trust stripes’ – thinking which has been ‘marinading in my mind’ for the last year or so, could be finding its legs. Maybe it’s time to dust off the PhD / DBA plans? I look forward to… Read More »Trust on credit?

Bring on 2012!

So a new year arrives, and like many others, I find myself staring into the ‘fog’ and ‘storms’ ahead, searching for the path my journey will take me on… When it comes to challenge and change, I’m so much better at helping others prepare for it and face it! But when it’s my turn, the eagerness evaporates. This year promises to be a very big one, almost certainly characterised by… Read More »Bring on 2012!

“A convergence of yes’s”

I’ve realised I’ve got a problem… It’s not a constant, ongoing problem, rather it’s one that rears its head from time to time. It happens when my ‘yes’s’ converge. I say ‘yes’ to many things, and ‘no’ to a few. This can happen over a short or a long period of time, but one thing’s for sure, the yes’s accumulate over time. Periodically, a number of those yes’s come home… Read More »“A convergence of yes’s”

The quality of our thinking…

I received a copy of this inspiring book (Nancy Kline / Time to think) through the post a couple of weeks ago –  a gift from a coach / consultant I’d met a couple of times. Receiving a gift is a wonderful thing – all the more so if it turns out that it’s a gift that changes your life… I met the her [the consultant] again on Friday and experienced… Read More »The quality of our thinking…