Transformational Learning

Transformational Learning

One way of understanding transformational learning is as a journey into the unknown. Each time we make this deeply personal journey we have to leave a place of stability and familiarity, travel into unfamiliar territory where we encounter various tests and challenges, discover a precious treasure, and bring this treasure back to our familiar world. The treasure is lost parts of who we are and, in restoring these lost parts to our selves, we become more whole and move to a more encompassing worldview.

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Inspirational Leadership

Inspirational Leadership

Some years ago, I had the pleasure of seeing my son Nick during his last year at school perform the "Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more" speech from Henry V. Whilst there may be more than a little poetic licence in Shakespeare's version of history, the play provides a compelling account of the highs and lows of leadership - and of how a leader's moments of greatness often come out of touching their darkest depths.

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Covert Processes - the Hidden Forces that Prevent Change

Covert Processes - the Hidden Forces that Prevent Change

Change is difficult is because we are more or less unaware of most of what determines our thinking, feelings and behaviours - and so we aren't aware of many of the forces acting to prevent us from changing. These out-of-awareness factors, known as covert processes, include hidden agendas, blindspots, organisational politics, the elephant in the room, secret hopes and wishes, tacit assumptions, and unconscious dynamics. Whilst some of these processes are well hidden, others are often in plain sight!

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