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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 (the recording will be available on Wednesday 4th August). As I share in my poem 'from not knowing to […]

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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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May 11, 2021
9 things to do to weather the storm and pick up the pieces after a pandemic

We’ve never come out of a pandemic before. Yet we have picked up the pieces from many storms in our lives. The following post therefore uses weathering storms and picking up the pieces after them as a metaphor for what to do as we come out of the lockdown. Use of metaphor helps you to […]

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April 3, 2021
We're not out of the woods yet

“We’re not out of the woods yet” said Dr. Yvonne Doyle at the #DowningStreetBriefing earlier this week. Using the metaphor contained within her language, and merging it with another saying I'm much more familiar with, then I might suggest that how to get out of the wood depends whether you can see it for the trees or […]

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March 5, 2021
How do I get a seat at the table?

I'm a firm believer that the words you use to describe a problem often have the solution hidden with them too. For example, if you're describing a situation as not being able to see the wood for the trees, what solution would you have in a real wood with real trees (and yes I've taken […]

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January 20, 2021
Is life an uphill Struggle?

The last time I walked up Glastonbury Tor I had to stop at least two or three times, and only kept going because I knew the view and energy at the top was worth it. It's certainly one of the few places I've ever visited where my over active logical mind is quiet. As other […]

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January 6, 2021
Are you treading on thin Ice?

The premise of much of my work is that the metaphor contained in your language has the solution contained within it. I believe that the solution, that is currently hidden from view, is nudging you in the words you're using to describe the current situation. Which means when you feel like you're treading on thin […]

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December 16, 2020
Are you making mountains out of molehills?

When I'm working with clients to overcome their challenges to get back on track it's useful to listen to the language they use. Our language gives a clue to the internal representation we have about situation in our lives. A representation that negatively and positively impacts the beliefs we have about our ability to solve the situation and/or get out […]

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December 8, 2020
Juggling too many balls?

I'm never one to pass by a metaphor in a clients language. Not least because they're a quick and easy means of exploring a situation, and finding a wide range of potential solutions. For example, if someone were to say they felt like they were juggling balls I'd be more inclined to explore the balls, […]

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November 20, 2020
Do you want to turn a corner in your life?

Words have power and if you want to turn a corner in your life one of the quickest ways I know of identifying the block that's stopping you and getting back on track is to find a corner and turn it. Do get in touch if you'd like to find out more about how to […]

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