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Overwhelm

Overwhelm

Overwhelm is an emotion. Which means it is an energy that is stuck in our bodies. That’s why it is more effective to work with the body than telling oneself or someone else all the reasons for the overwhelm – which really only keeps it alive.

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Clarity – what it is and why it matters

Clarity – what it is and why it matters

You think you asked very clearly for what you want. And yet, you got a very different result. There can be many reasons for this, but one common reason is that you did not communicate as clearly as you thought. Here’s an example.

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Deep Listening in Change Leadership

Deep Listening in Change Leadership

It is often said that successful change in the workplace requires buy-in from the people who work there. And that, unfortunately, people resist change. However, I don’t believe for a moment that most people resist change. What most people do resist - and I include...

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Leading with power in every punch

Leading with power in every punch

When Master Chen Ying Jun demonstrates the ‘form’, there is power in every punch. Rootedness to the floor, connection to his inner strength, full presence to his environment: Watching him reminded me of the co-active® leader’s dance between the Leader Within and our leadership in the world.

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Leadership Learnings from Taiji

Leadership Learnings from Taiji

The art of Taiji teaches us that leadership is a harmonious blend of humility, adaptability, and a mindful connection to the collective energy.
Explore how a remarkable Taiji instructor, Becky, demonstrated these leadership qualities.

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Change is a conversation

Change is a conversation

“In the past 10 years, we've created a lot of change that benefits our employees. Why then are they still complaining about the same things as 20 years ago? Our staff engagement surveys and focus groups produce valuable information, but we haven’t gotten to the bottom...

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Where are we and how did we get here?

Where are we and how did we get here?

It’s that time of the year again. No Mo May is over and the grass can be cut. The bees are flourishing. And the year is almost halfway over! Man alive, where is the time going? Indeed, where is the year going? June is the perfect time to step back as a team and share...

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Innovation and Psychological Safety

Innovation and Psychological Safety

In many companies innovation and agility are more than core values. They are the life blood of the business in a competitive environment. Yet while many people who work in these companies espouse those values, they suffer in toxic teams. They fear making mistakes...

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No Mow May

No Mow May

Our commitment to not mowing our lawn until the end of May has thrown us into a curious leadership conflict: we want to provide dandelions for wild bees whilst also trying to fit into our neighbourhood.  We’ve found that our inner process and our actions in this...

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Certainty is a feeling

Certainty is a feeling

Certainty is a feeling. So rather than seeking more certainty, leaders had better choose consciously what certainties will serve their own well-being, their vision, and those they lead. When I first heard this, I couldn’t believe it. I felt certain about many things,...

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Mind over Matter

Mind over Matter

Roger Bannister breaking the 4 minute mile in 1954 is testament that humans can achieve what they believe it’s possible, even if common knowledge is: “It can’t be done”.

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What to do when leading from the front gets lonely

What to do when leading from the front gets lonely

It’s a common saying that it’s lonely at the top. I experienced that loneliness, though in an unexpected way, during my day out with my Co-Active Leadership tribe and Jude Jennison's five horses Callie, Tiffin, Jack, Admiral, and Mr. Blue.  Co-active leaders don’t...

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Leading from the Field

Leading from the Field

The Co-active leadership model holds that leadership is multi-dimensional, and that you can lead from self, the front, the back, the side, and the field. Of all the leadership stances, the notion of leading from the field fascinates people the most. To lead from the...

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Is coaching supporting injustice?

Is coaching supporting injustice?

ARTE has released a critical documentary on how positive psychology and coaching has turned happiness into an individual responsibility. Thus it is distracting attention from structural, economic and social inequality, as well as from personal trauma. For me it raised...

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Fear Holds Back Innovation

Fear Holds Back Innovation

“Five years ago, Alex Honnold scaled the sheer face of the 3,000-foot El Capitan escarpment alone and without ropes—the only person to have ever done so. Honnold has great skill and discipline, but he is also blessed with a special brain: an MRI scan has shown that...

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Leading for Innovation

Leading for Innovation

What to expect from the resource. We all admire companies which can innovate again and again.  And you might wonder how they’re doing it. How are they so successfully leading for innovation? That's what Linda Hill and her colleagues set out to understand. To that end,...

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Become an effective leader

Become an effective leader

As you’re packing your bags for the long awaited summer holidays, you might wonder what to read. And we recommend treating yourself to an epic novel that has no other value than to delight you. It’s the holidays after all! However, if you want to use a bit of...

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The 3 Ds of successful organisation change

The 3 Ds of successful organisation change

Before coming of age, Hogwarts students learn to apparate. For health and safety reasons, they have to pass a test. Only then are they allowed to teleport themselves from one place to another. In short, they must first prove that they’re able to get to their desired...

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Creative leadership and emotional regulation

Creative leadership and emotional regulation

You hear us say a lot that leadership is about taking responsibility for our world. That's what creative leaders do. But what does that mean?It means taking ownership of how we experience the world. It means recovering to our centred, grounded Self when we're...

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What goes wrong at conferences, and how to fix it

What goes wrong at conferences, and how to fix it

At most conferences, participants are still just seen and treated as an audience. Speeches might be inspiring, even groundbreaking. Often they are not, but no matter how gripping the talks are, very few actively engage the audience. And while a conference is not a...

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Change: Friend or Foe?

Change: Friend or Foe?

Are you a change maker or leader? Ever wondered why when you start to bring in a change, resistance inevitably arises? Let’s go back to high school physics 101 and Isaac Newton for the seeds of the reasons why. Newton's third law of motion states that for every...

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