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…

I am very regularly asked about the differences between coaching and therapy. I frequently read marketing blurb that suggests that therapy focuses on the “past” and coaching on the “future”; that therapy is about “resolving issues” and coaching is about “improvement”. Therapy is also accused of not offering “tools” for…

That First Date

April 20, 2006

Johnnie has an interesting post today about the value of blogging and its “indirect” way of making things happen. He says: But the longer I do this, the more I realise that this blog pays off for me in lots of indirect ways. And I’ve had two or three very…

In order to meet the demands of (some!) readers…I’m reverting to consulting “lite” for this post which I’ve shamelessly borrowed from this site. The idea is to choose a word from each column and viola! instant consulting jargon…and if anything I ever write conforms to this protocol, please operationalize bleeding-edge…