Coming to grips with difficult to define concerns

For some years now my colleague Dr Garth Britton and I have been playing around with different ways of engaging with organisations and organisational leaders in circumstances where they know, or perhaps simply have an uneasy feeling, that things aren’t going the way they planned or that, to a greater or lesser degree, the wheels are falling off. Mostly when this happens people go looking for a pre-existing solution, which of course pre-supposes that you know reasonably precisely what the problem …

Getting It Out of Our Heads

Over the past ten years what I do and how I do it has changed significantly. One shift has been in the area of coaching. When I began in 2000 coaching was arguably just entering its second generation and moving from a focus on what might be called skills coaching, which grew out of sports coaching, into goal focused coaching. The kind of coaching that is exemplified by the GROW model. That is, helping people …

Operating Practices for Leaders

A little while ago my colleague Dr Garth Britton and I began thinking about the ways in which our work as consultants and coaches had changed over the past five years. At the time we developed a very rough description of an approach we called Open-Ended Consulting based on some broad broad patterns we had detected in our practices. Then we got busy with work and life and didn’t progress this any further. I’ve been thinking recently that …