How to communicate with precision to address patterns of low accountability

In most organisations that I have consulted to the organisational design does not enable accountability of individuals. I have learned over the years that when you design a culture you can actually prevent an estimated 30% loss in real productive work that occurs when people need to be managed. A thoughtfully designed culture removes most layers of management. I find … Read More

Platforms vs pedestals. What are you building?

There are two types of pedestals. The one you build with intent and desire. You like the altitude. You like that people must look up. That you get to look down. It makes you feel superior. The other is when people put you on a pedestal of their own making. They project some altitude on you, give you a status … Read More

Seduction and Courtship – why knowing the difference matters

Seduction is the currency of our time. Clever campaigns invite us to believe that we are lesser humans for not having the hottest, newest “X”. Seduction is the constant barrage of images. Skinny, young, perfect. Selfies. Its the data mined construction of words and messages. The Cambridge Analytica, where unless we are super aware, we will be seduced. To be … Read More

Strong views loosely held

Strong views enable people to know what you stand for. When people know what you stand for it allows them to choose engagement or not. Fundamentalist views are views that are closed to any possibility of change. There is no argument of any kind capable of shifting a person with a strong closed view. The best evidence, the most rational … Read More

On being called a Bitch and Hard to Work with. Hell yes to that!

We live in a world split between politically correct egalitarianism/anti-hierarchy, and Donald Trump and Vlad Putin. These two men (if I can call them men), who have managed to pull off world domination, have done it through base male expression. Blatant lies, aggression, outright exaggeration, deception, cruelty, dismissal and of anyone who doesn’t fit their world view…but in particularly women, … Read More

Perhaps humility? Leadership for a world that works for everyone.

Humility enables spaciousness. There is room for another…another opinion, another voice, another perspective. Humility begins from the place of “my voice, deed, act is only one possibility of many.” Humility acknowledges that no one ever does anything without infinite support from another. The other might be nature, biology, history, friends, family… Hubris squeezes out everything else. It starts from the … Read More

Providing Context – a fundamental communication skill

Context – Simple version. The container that holds the text. But we get this wrong so many times, and the result…misunderstanding, broken hearts, polarisation, war, death… Nothing ever occurs in isolation. There is always a container that holds the text. The story. The reason why. The source code. Context. Truth is, if you do not provide your own context other … Read More