Meeting at the Balawat gates

Meeting at the Balawat gates

Yesterday morning, I managed to meet up with Shawn Callahan of Anecdote who’s over in the UK at the moment. Coffee in the Great Court of the British Museum is always a treat, although the overcast sky outside meant the fabulous roof wasn’t shown to best effect. Afterwards I sneaked a look at a couple […]

False images of the world

False images of the world

Great conversations at a two-day meeting in Miami. On the flight on the way over, I finally got around to starting Joshua Cooper Ramo's The Age of the Unthinkable (subtitled "Why the New World Disorder constantly surprises us and What we can do about it"). It looks to be an interesting reflection on diplomacy and […]

I or E in pain?

I or E in pain?

I’d almost call this an interesting experiment: The Lone Wolf or the Support Group Enthusiast?. Except it still seems too neat and tidy in dividing up the world into two groups and testing to see how the two groups react. In essence, the researcher looked to see whether how different people felt in response to […]

Upcoming speaker slots and keynotes

Upcoming speaker slots and keynotes

As the year winds down, I’ve decided that I won’t be doing any more speaker slots between now and the end of January – I’ll be doing keynotes on communications for a few public sector/higher education professionals, but focusing my time otherwise on projects. And I’ll be limiting sessions next year – as SenseMaker and […]

Reflections on The Future, Backwards

Reflections on The Future, Backwards

Wednesday’s session of The Future, Backwards was great. I played uber-facilitator, racing between the 8 separate groups, while Anne, Dick, Sally and Meg worked with two groups each more closely. That seemed to work pretty well – I walked miles, helped steer and got to see 4 distinctly different styles of facilitation taking place. And, […]

Upcoming training course

Upcoming training course

  The next masterclass on storytelling that we’re doing with Melcrum is fast approaching on 17th November 2009 in Central London.  Details and registration are here. I’m also speaking next week at the Leeds Castle Leadership programme for local government.  These will be the last two public speaking engagements this year.  I’ve got a couple of […]

Where do you allow dissent?

Where do you allow dissent?

I’ve recently been in a number of environments where everybody has been so keen to encourage positive discussions that I’ve ended up coming away with a flat, slightly unreal feeling – interesting conversations that never really reached any depth.  It’s reminded me of the big “hoorah” sessions that organisations regularly run for people around any […]

Undiverse diversity

Undiverse diversity

In recent weeks I’ve spoken at or run workshops at conferences on knowledge management, employee engagement and change communications.  Very few moments in those that excited, but one over-riding element that depresses me. The subtext of so many of the questions I get asked and so many presentations I sit through is “How do we […]