Blog & Insight

August 24, 2021
Getting a different perspective using images

When you're stuck and don't know what to do it's often your internal representation of the situation that contributes to you not understanding what options are available to you. That's what the tools in the LANDSCAPE toolkit do - they help open the doors within your mind to the solutions or different perspectives that exist. […]

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August 19, 2021
Grounded to me

Grounded to me Uprooted & disconnected Reminding me of my ungroundedness And yet, where to look for that grounding? I’d always imagined roots like the might oak Something tethering me deep into the ground Roots bringing the energy I lacked up from the earth’s inner core Into my feet, ankles, calves, knees & then upward […]

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August 5, 2021
How to work with me

Whilst the common theme and expertise underlying much of my work is helping you think differently and see situations from a different perspective it's applied in a number of ways dependent on the situation. That is, there's different services available dependent on whether you: Organisationally need your team(s) or specific individuals to think differently in […]

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July 31, 2021
How do you get out of the corner when you're backed into it?

"How do I get out of a corner when I'm backed into it by a supplier or stakeholder?" was a question during a recent lunch & learn on the topic of the missing link in negotiations. As I share in my poem 'from not knowing to knowing what to do': "It is our conventional eyes […]

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July 30, 2021
Why do I have to change?

In much of my training I encourage delegates to adapt their style to that of their stakeholders. A common response to this is to say "but why do I have to change - why can't the other person adapt their style to mine." My response is that you don't have to change anything if what you're doing […]

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July 26, 2021
Is perfection setting you back?

Perfection is such a hard task master. One that drains energy, laughter, inspiration and life out of any situation. Of course it would - it's an impossible target constantly whispering "more, more". With pareto being a great guide - where you'll get 80% of the outcome with 20% of the effort and the remaining 20% […]

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July 21, 2021
How to get out of the creek when you're up it without a paddle

As I shared in my poem 'from not knowing to knowing what to do': "It is our conventional eyes that are seeing the lack of optionsUnconventional looking gives permission to act ‘as if’ there’s other ways to view the situationTo believe there’s a solution, or even multiple solutions, out there" In this respect when you're […]

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July 19, 2021
Landscaping Your Life Podcast

That's the Landscaping Your Life Podcast now live every Monday sharing tools and insight on how to see situations you're grappling with from a different perspective. Each episode has: A quick tip if you've only got 5 minutes to listen, A metaphorical exploration to find solutions you'd not thought of when you're stuck - using […]

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July 11, 2021
Does your organisation act as if it's in a war or in a garden? What about you?

How do you experience your life? An up hill battle Plain sailing A fight for life or death Like a rose A battle to be won at all costs An open road Being captain of the star ship Enterprise A war - with constant battles  A race - and if so is it the 100m […]

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July 5, 2021
Be careful what you wish for with maverick spend

Caroline Myss, one of my favourite authors, tells us “each word is a universe”, or perhaps easier to get our head around “words have power”. That is, every word we use has power to help us find a solution, or to keep us firmly stuck in a ground hog day-esque “not this again” cycle. Every […]

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