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Being human: what’s it all about?

Have you ever considered the bigger questions? Why are we here? What’s it all about? I’m not concerned with the mechanics of space or on the reliance on a god demanding servitude, but rather the psychological sense of being that is ‘me’.

It seems fairly obvious that you and I are the products of our culture and time. What do I mean by that? I was born in the 1960s and bred as a Welshman. I initially acquired my knowledge and understanding of myself through the culture and people who surrounded me as I grew. It is with this subjective view and a guttural, steel-town accent that I went out into the world to explore. Continue reading

Coaching

I have often reflected on what constitutes effective and high quality coaching, what is it for, what is achieved, and also in whose interest is the coaching aimed. Having spoken with numerous coaches and leaders, I’ve come to two basic conclusions on the subject. Firstly, that the answer is as unique and idiosyncratic as the individuals who offer it, and secondly, that there is very little consensus on the overall direction of coaching.

So, what does this mean to me?  That coaching per se cannot simple be limited to the aspirations of the client, nor in the limited interests of the paymasters within the workplace. It must have a higher ambition than that. Continue reading

Facilitation

As a bias my approach is Gestalt in practice and flavour, and I place a heavy emphasis on the group dynamics of the relationship at work within and between people.

The individual is formed from the group during development. The social world informs and creates the individual. The group is the social mirror, where the individual can begin to surface established patterns of interaction and by active testing and feedback, re-learn new ways of being and doing. The facilitation of quality feedback and interaction from peers is the glue that offers the space to continue your personal development journey.