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