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“What does Island 41 mean?” is a question that I have been asked more than a few times over the last twenty years. When I started the company in 1995, I knew that I wanted to avoid using my … Continue reading

Brexile

A colleague of mine once beautifully articulated the distance that can exist between a decision and a consequence by saying, “I am the best judge of my intentions and you are the best judge of my impact.” He … Continue reading

Ambiguity

‘Fedspeak’ is the term given to the coded and careful language often used by the US Federal Reserve to prevent financial markets from overreacting to its announcements and remarks. It has been most notably used by … Continue reading

'The Cassandra Complex' reproduced by kind permission of Jen Allanson

Cassandra’s Curse

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy who, on refusing Apollo’s advances, was cursed for the rest of her life to accurately predict events but never be believed. When … Continue reading

Feedback, Meaning & Perspective

A colleague of mine once said; “There are only three reasons someone can have for giving you feedback. The first is that they are your boss and it’s their job. The second is that they are … Continue reading

Job Description

I have always found the question; “So what do you do?” very hard to answer accurately and briefly. Putting to one side the obvious jokes about me not knowing, the first problem is that there is no such thing as a typical … Continue reading

A Moment of Stillness

At work I sometimes use an exercise called ‘Marble Run’. It asks a group of about eight people to transfer a marble from a start line some fifty metres or so to a cup by letting it roll along eight short sections of … Continue reading

Stakes and Ladders

Described in his book ‘Overcoming Organisational Defences’, Chris Argyris’ model, the Ladder of Inference, attempts to articulate how people move from a fact to a decision or action. As humans cannot possibly process all the data … Continue reading

The Presentation Equation

The text for this article is taken from my forthcoming book ‘Dancing in the Line of Fire‘ which, when published, will accompany my presentation skills training courses; ‘Potential Energy‘ and ‘Kinetic Energy‘. Human beings are extraordinarily resourceful and … Continue reading

One-sided Stories

It’s easy to understand nationalism from an objective standpoint. It feels good to belong to something, there is safety in numbers and you get all the benefits of a mutual appreciation society. However, subjectively I cannot get my … Continue reading

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