In fiction, the most powerful weapon the writer has is suggestion. I think that nearly all good writing is suggestion, and all bad writing is statement. Statement kills off the reader’s imagination. With suggestion, the reader takes up from where the writer leaves off (John McGahern 1934 – 2006) I’m…

Patronising Passion?

May 20, 2006

I contributed to a comment stream over at Creating Passionate Users recently and meant to come back to it to post something here in response. Kathy posted a really interesting article on criticism. She says The tricky part is that the criticisms aren’t always wrong. It really might be all…

On Thursday I’ll be giving a presentation at the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Information Seminar on professionalism and best practice.  I’ve done several training sessions for visual artists on this topic and Thursday will be a new opportunity to meet and talk with crafts people about a similar area. I…

David Maister has an interesting post about whether or not blogging is “dead” but more critically he’s talking about blogging as a relational activity also (one of my key reasons for blogging!). He asks a great question at the end of the post Let me ask all of you out…

I refer to myself as an extroverted thinker. That’s shorthand for – I haven’t a clue what I know until I start talking to someone – that’s why you’ll see frequent references here to “conversations”. Conversations are my key strategy for understanding myself and I’ve also found in my consulting…

Competence

May 7, 2006

I’ve embarked on a PhD programme this year which is throwing up all kinds of challenges and delights (so far, in equal measure). I’m in that beginning phase where as each day goes by I realise what I don’t know. There are times when it’s incredibly dispiriting because I know…

For years I’ve fooled everyone around me into believing I think in straight lines. My academic and business writing makes “sense” and I can follow the rules if I’m pushed to it. But I’m a secret mind mapper…it’s the only way I can make any kind of sense out of…