Insights on Change Leadership

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Yearning to Unmask

Yearning to Unmask

  Looking around, it is hard to believe how much has changed since Covid-19 insisted we step apart from one another physically and devise other ways to connect. While literally this has led to masking, metaphorically we are experiencing a collective unmasking....

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United in Conflict

United in Conflict

What are you noticing as the world around you shifts? The coronavirus pandemic has revealed a universal truth. We are bounded by our skin, our families, our teams, our organizations, our nations. At the same time, we are without boundaries, forever interdependent. In...

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Reflecting on the Great Pause

Reflecting on the Great Pause

Here we are, in this liminal space. Some have named this time The Great Pause. The Pause itself has been sparked by the coronavirus, itself a liminal being existing at the border between chemistry and life. This space in between. Between sleeping and awake. Between...

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Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle

In this strange suspended time, we are physically separated from one another yet long for emotional connection. How can we be here and there, different yet the same, distant yet close - both, at the same time? This ambiguity of ‘both - at the same time’ has been a...

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Seeing Beyond the Surface

Seeing Beyond the Surface

The work that I do in fostering effective team relationships revolves around learning to connect on a heartfelt level – a connection that creates the open, mutually respectful relationships required for effective collaboration. In doing so, we peel away surface layers...

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Evolving Team Energy

Evolving Team Energy

Is there someone in your life who commands energy? Who easily lightens or intensifies the atmosphere in a space, in a positive or negative way? Whether these people bring sunshine or brooding storm, there’s no missing the shift that happens when they arrive on the...

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ORSC in Action

ORSC in Action

We all have moments that profoundly change us. For me, defining experiences have included living and working in a remote Tanzanian village, and birthing my children at home using hypnotherapy. To my delight, the discovery of Organization and Relationship Systems...

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Flirting with Potential

Flirting with Potential

Is the universe flirting with you? Do certain songs, sights and ideas repeatedly flicker on the periphery of your attention? Are you noticing, missing or purposefully ignoring the signals that are being sent out?   Part of developing Relationship Systems...

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Re-energizing Relationship

Re-energizing Relationship

All relationships experience a loss of energy from time to time. This is true of any relationship, whether it be with another person, a team, an organization, a community or society. It can also apply to your relationship with a project, field of work, industry, or to...

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Exploring the Emotional Landscape

Exploring the Emotional Landscape

Can you feel the air as it moves in the space between you and me? The space between us? Are you aware of the emotional field that is co-created between you and others, moment to moment?   As a team and systems coach - as a daughter, sister, lover, partner,...

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Supporting Collaboration with a Psychological Safety Net

Supporting Collaboration with a Psychological Safety Net

Does your team climate encourage the communication and psychological safety that is so necessary to innovation, or shut it down? Is it a safe and courageous space in which people are comfortable expressing and being themselves? Or have they learned to play it safe...

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Steps for Successful Team Coaching

Steps for Successful Team Coaching

Why team coaching? Why now?   As organizational coaches, with a decade of experience in coaching systems across industries, cultures, structures and at different stages of evolution, we hear these two questions over and over. While an organization’s leadership or...

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Using Rank Responsibly

Using Rank Responsibly

At the heart of change leadership lies a simple truth - to develop a culture that draws the best from each member, we must remain conscious of how rank, power and privilege can affect the discussion.   Part of a leader’s role is to design a conversational space...

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Reigniting After Burnout

Reigniting After Burnout

Burnout is what happens when we ignore the soul whispering against an unhealthy job or relationship. • Dr. Dina Glouberman   I was completely depleted. We’d just come out of a meeting where we’d finally aligned on a forward action. Our team had agreed on this...

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Intelligent Failure

Intelligent Failure

We are all failures - at least, the best of us are. • J.M. Barrie   Years ago in a training course, I was asked to stick a label to myself marked ‘failure.’  I looked at our leaders in disbelief. Surely this was a joke. No one in their right mind was going to...

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Leadership That Inspires

Leadership That Inspires

We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. • Whoopi Goldberg   When you think about inspirational leaders, who sparks a flame in you? Is there someone in your life you can point to as...

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Why Change Initiatives Stall

Why Change Initiatives Stall

Instead of fighting or freezing in the face of change, teams can learn to make different choices. In leading change, we lean forward into the unknown, together. • Kerry Woodcock   Is your change initiative stuck? Instead of collaboration and motivation, do you...

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Bring It On! Competition and Collaboration in Leadership

Bring It On! Competition and Collaboration in Leadership

“If you’re a true warrior, competition doesn’t scare you. It makes you better.” • Andrew Whitworth   Although teamwork and collaboration are at the very heart of change leadership, partnerships aren’t always simple. Leading change requires understanding your own...

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Weaving Your Change Leadership Story

Weaving Your Change Leadership Story

“Great stories happen to those who can tell them.” • Ira Glass Storyweaving is a collaborative act. Indeed, storytelling has taken place around communal fires and been central to societies from the beginning. What kinds of stories does your team weave, both...

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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 means...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Courage | A Magic Carpet to Change

Courage | A Magic Carpet to Change

Courage is essential to change leadership. It's a magic carpet that can carry us over the edge of change.   Finding the courage to pursue your dreams by speaking them out loud takes time and practice, but it is a skill worth nurturing.  I grew up in a small...

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Leading Innovation with the Growth Mindset

Leading Innovation with the Growth Mindset

"This is a time of tremendous change where, like it or not, you’re going to have periods of confusion. Like it or not, you’re going to turn into a novice over and over again.” • Carol Dweck   Ninety minutes into a workshop about leading change effectively, the...

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Here Be Dragons | Revealing hidden obstacles to change

Here Be Dragons | Revealing hidden obstacles to change

As I stand at the heart of confused and disorganized change, turbulence swirls around me and through those closest to me. From this vantage point in the eye of the storm, I see the reactivity created by controlling and compliant behaviors. A tendency toward control in...

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