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Live in a hut while building your cathedral

Live in a hut while building your cathedral

If previous years are anything to go by, clients return from their holidays having consciously or unconsciously reflected on their current role and career trajectory. Wondering if now is the time for a change.If you are doing so don't forget to treasure the intrinsic...

The weaker the establishment becomes the more righteous it sounds

The weaker the establishment becomes the more righteous it sounds

Do you find yourself captivated by colleagues that are very certain in their opinions?The more anxious they get about the future the more they cling on to a version of predictability. In challenging settings conviction can be very attractive. A simple cut through all...

Resilience is a social quality not a personal one

Resilience is a social quality not a personal one

Most of our work at present is so ambiguous, iterative, confusing, uncertain and risky that we better learn to navigate it well or it burns us out.Work surprises us and this is part of what keeps us alive. (Otherwise we are just completing set after set of...

Stand still when you want to react

Stand still when you want to react

As a Challenger springing into action is an over-used mode. Learning how to pause before reacting is part of our work. A lot what you want to say, doesn't need to be said. If you can stand still and be peaceful, much of what needs to appear will reveal itself. We...

Be unreasonable without being unfair

Be unreasonable without being unfair

Being ‘unreasonable’ is a quality we admire in those that are challenging the status quo. But this is not the same as being unfair to those that you work with.Some of the behaviours that clients report in our work this year include:- unpredictable, explosive...

Look forward to your next apology

Look forward to your next apology

We work in highly unstable and insecure environments on a regular basis. They require something special from the teams inside them. The ability to apologise to each other quickly and well.Instead, we often slip into the desire to be proven right. Or if we are honest,...

Being Real Beats Looking Good

Being Real Beats Looking Good

"I love it here, but I look at the senior leadership roles and think it’s not worth the stress…I’m not up for playing politics or dealing with egos anymore…leadership here means being big and loud and fake…there’s not much space left in the room when it’s all been...

Gentle Curiosity

Gentle Curiosity

Sometimes your leadership challenge manifests as a 'pause.' The ability to stop the action right in the heat of it and notice what is going on, then either to bank the learning and carry on, or to recalibrate and continue. As a Challenger you keep creating patient,...

What Is Your Part in This?

What Is Your Part in This?

Many of the organisations we are working with are going through their own version of ‘perma-crises.’ It is a lot to bear. When in this place of potential overwhelm there are a couple of common psychological responses.1 Ignore it, deny its impact, numb ourselves from...

Live in a hut while building your cathedral

Live in a hut while building your cathedral

If previous years are anything to go by, clients return from their holidays having consciously or unconsciously reflected on their current role and career trajectory. Wondering if now is the time for a change.If you are doing so don't forget to treasure the intrinsic...

The weaker the establishment becomes the more righteous it sounds

The weaker the establishment becomes the more righteous it sounds

Do you find yourself captivated by colleagues that are very certain in their opinions?The more anxious they get about the future the more they cling on to a version of predictability. In challenging settings conviction can be very attractive. A simple cut through all...

Resilience is a social quality not a personal one

Resilience is a social quality not a personal one

Most of our work at present is so ambiguous, iterative, confusing, uncertain and risky that we better learn to navigate it well or it burns us out.Work surprises us and this is part of what keeps us alive. (Otherwise we are just completing set after set of...

Stand still when you want to react

Stand still when you want to react

As a Challenger springing into action is an over-used mode. Learning how to pause before reacting is part of our work. A lot what you want to say, doesn't need to be said. If you can stand still and be peaceful, much of what needs to appear will reveal itself. We...

Be unreasonable without being unfair

Be unreasonable without being unfair

Being ‘unreasonable’ is a quality we admire in those that are challenging the status quo. But this is not the same as being unfair to those that you work with.Some of the behaviours that clients report in our work this year include:- unpredictable, explosive...

Look forward to your next apology

Look forward to your next apology

We work in highly unstable and insecure environments on a regular basis. They require something special from the teams inside them. The ability to apologise to each other quickly and well.Instead, we often slip into the desire to be proven right. Or if we are honest,...

Being Real Beats Looking Good

Being Real Beats Looking Good

"I love it here, but I look at the senior leadership roles and think it’s not worth the stress…I’m not up for playing politics or dealing with egos anymore…leadership here means being big and loud and fake…there’s not much space left in the room when it’s all been...

Gentle Curiosity

Gentle Curiosity

Sometimes your leadership challenge manifests as a 'pause.' The ability to stop the action right in the heat of it and notice what is going on, then either to bank the learning and carry on, or to recalibrate and continue. As a Challenger you keep creating patient,...

What Is Your Part in This?

What Is Your Part in This?

Many of the organisations we are working with are going through their own version of ‘perma-crises.’ It is a lot to bear. When in this place of potential overwhelm there are a couple of common psychological responses.1 Ignore it, deny its impact, numb ourselves from...