Stillness at the Centre of Change

Stillness at the Centre of Change

Halcyon days of stillness are approaching. At the time of the Winter Solstice, the halcyon, a mythical bird, was said by the ancient writers to charm the wind and waves to calm.  For thousands of years people have paused to celebrate the solstice, which literally...
Courage on the Brink

Courage on the Brink

“Out on the edge, you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the centre.” • Kurt Vonnegut   Are you ready to be uncomfortable? As change leaders, we are after all in the business of challenging the status quo. Yes to discomfort? You’re up for that? Then let’s...
Bridging Differences | Tips for Travelling to Diverse Worlds

Bridging Differences | Tips for Travelling to Diverse Worlds

“The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” • Marcel Proust   For four magical years, I lived in a mud hut in Tanzania, working with a non-governmental organization on changing roles in forest management. Surrounded by the...
Power Plays and Politics in Leading Change

Power Plays and Politics in Leading Change

“Power is more than an objective assignment of position, or the possession of status … Power is a state of mind.” • Julie Diamond   “I’m tired of all the power plays,” I hear myself say. It’s an odd sentiment for a systems coach to express. By definition, my...
From Managing Change to Leading Change

From Managing Change to Leading Change

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” • Albert Einstein   You have a brilliant idea to progress your organization, yet you hesitate to bring it forward. When you tried to manage change in...