Posts


Ladies & Gentlemen of the Jury…

16

Feb 2016

Ladies & Gentlemen of the Jury…

Locked away in our silo-ed industry cocoons, our primary way of imagining what other people are like whom we have not yet experienced is by the regurgitation of history and hearsay. As a consequence, we naturally expect that all other tribes will lean towards being blaggards, self centered, blinkered or...

Read More


Our Daughters Still Need Us As Activists.

18

Jan 2016

Our Daughters Still Need Us As Activists.

A call to action my male friends and colleagues. My dad was a construction and engineering man. UK Major projects, Middle East and North Sea – in all these he worked for change in working conditions. I followed in his footsteps. Now, my daughters (9 & 11) have already been...

Read More


Charter a Boat Yes, Never Charter a Project.

11

Jan 2016

Charter a Boat Yes, Never Charter a Project.

“Project bank accounts are the most effective mechanism for ensuring that supply chain SME’s are in regular and timely receipt of their cash. Other initiatives such as fair payment charters have proved to be a waste of time and effort.” Professor Rudi Klein, CEO of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group...

Read More


The Issue is Never the Issue.

16

Dec 2015

The Issue is Never the Issue.

Some 18 years ago my supervising Coach said ‘Paul, the issue the client comes to you with is never the issue’. As it turns out, she was right and that tip has served me well time and time again, whether facing an individual human being, a Leadership or Project Team...

Read More


Walk Away… With Your Integrity Intact

30

Nov 2015

Walk Away… With Your Integrity Intact

It is a perhaps an unfortunate but inevitable fact that we can end up doing business with people who lack integrity; they mislead, duck, dive, blame  and refuse to take responsibility. What we often end up doing, more than anything else, in these rare but tricky scenarios is beat ourselves...

Read More


Speak Harshly to Power

02

Nov 2015

Speak Harshly to Power

“I resent that,” said Pompey the Great (Roman General & Statesman 29/9/106 BC – 29/9/48 BC) “Well you may resent it all you like, but you will still need to demonstrate that it is not the case,” retorted Cicero (Roman orator, philospher, lawyer, consul) who knew that the surest way to a great...

Read More


Freedom Creates Risk

22

Jul 2015

Freedom Creates Risk

There is a sign in the Care home that my mother resided in that read ‘Everyone has the right of freedom and with freedom comes risk’. To attempt to give the residents a good life, many with dementia, it was understood that trying to protect them from every risk would...

Read More


The Awkward Silence Myth that Kills Opportunity

13

Jul 2015

The Awkward Silence Myth that Kills Opportunity

The very fact that we call a pause in conversation an ‘awkward silence’ points to a root belief that inhibits our ability to really listen, create rich conversations and hear well. Awkward, therefore bad, therefore needs correcting, therefore fill that space as quick as we can. Nature abhors a vacuum...

Read More


22

Jun 2015

Rich Environment, Poverty Thinking.

My parents, children of rationing, never quite lost their poverty mentality. Their children would implore them to ‘splash out’ take the sort of holiday they talked about… but somehow it always seemed that ‘little bit too excessive’. After 4 year of recsesion the markey might well ‘have ballistic’ with ‘work...

Read More


How open minded are you and why it matters.

09

Jun 2015

How open minded are you and why it matters.

Are you open to new ways to do things, of thinking about things, to jettison old beliefs and judgements, to usher in views that are precious to those that have served you well for years? Of course – so stop reading here. But really – how can you be so...

Read More



Page 4 of 512345