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Setback is simply a step (unexpected!) in the process
Anthony Kasozi
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Setback is simply a step (unexpected!) in the process

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It can be deeply upsetting when things that I am expecting to go smoothly do not go to plan. I am surrounded with competent colleagues and work with capable clients; so when setbacks occur, particularly ones which I feel I should have anticipated and avoided, my reactions range from mild irritation, through disappointment and annoyance, to exasperated self-criticism. It is most galling when the setbacks are serious and arise from the most avoidable errors. Attention to the essential Strangely the more competent and proficient I have become in my job, the more... Read more

Episodes Colliding - Opening New Moments of Grace?
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Episodes Colliding - Opening New Moments of Grace?

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We have episodes in life. Each one brings its joys or challenges, its strains and stresses. Occasionally an episode we recognise as coming from our pasts returns and brings nothing. Or at least what appears to us in that moment as being insignificant. We experience it. Then it just passes by - as if in orbit around us. It is soon gone - perhaps to return another day. Sometimes, though, old and new episodes meet and collide. Violently, with one unprotected occurrence barging into another that we had hoped to keep separate. It is a snippet of the past smashing... Read more

Talking of coaching and working with leaders living through change, transition, crisis and transformation
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Talking of coaching and working with leaders living through change, transition, crisis and transformation

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Recently I was asked by Liz Hall to talk briefly to an audience of coaches, managers and leaders on the occasion of the launch of Liz’s latest book “Coaching in times of crisis and transformation”. I was pleased to have been invited to contribute to the book. On reading the contributions that others, similarly invited had made, I felt privileged to be there to speak. I found myself starting by thanking Liz for inviting us into this collaboration. Having read the book I was thankful that she had taken the trouble to convene such a complementary set... Read more

Escaping Procrastination - Can I help you enjoy life just a little bit more right now?
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Escaping Procrastination - Can I help you enjoy life just a little bit more right now?

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The demon today is procrastination Today has been a difficult day. It hasn't been easy to get going. My energy is low and I am feeling rather delicate and lacking in direction. It feels like it wouldn't take much to make me abandon today's tasks. The third cup of tea in less than an hour is telling. Procrastination is today's demon. I can feel him stalking me. Like Steven Pressfield trying to "Do the Work", I find now that the enemy uses a devious method to distract me: 'resistance'. I know that if I “… give [resistance]... Read more

What valuable questions are you sitting with?
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What valuable questions are you sitting with?

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At a recent gathering of lawyers and community leaders I asked the members of the group: What questions are you sitting with? The question caused some puzzlement and in one or two cases evident discomfort. If you have stopped to ask yourself this same question you may be having the same reaction. Bear with me and read on! We are mostly taught in school that questions have answers. If we study harder, read wider, do our homework, and explore more widely we will find the right answer. Job done; now we know. We discover in our teenage years that unfortunately some... Read more

“Gnothi Seauton” (“Know Thyself”) - a dedication that is part of a well-protected daily practice?
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“Gnothi Seauton” (“Know Thyself”) - a dedication that is part of a well-protected daily practice?

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Understanding, listening and learning As leader (of any kind) the best preparation you can have for the challenges you face lies in a) your continual attention to deepening your understanding of yourself and b) your awareness of and ability to listen and learn from the “other(s)” that surround you. This insight has been the repeated conclusion garnered from many interactions with the leaders we coach and consult with every day. Put simply: Given the diverse and unpredictable nature of the challenges and opportunities that you face as a leader every... Read more

The Leadership Shadow – What it is and Why it Matters
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The Leadership Shadow – What it is and Why it Matters

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The Leadership Shadow:  Becoming a leader and taking up leadership inevitably involves a ‘rift’ between the leader and team, between the leader’s way and other peoples' ways of moving forward, and between the leader’s own leadership persona and his or her shadow. As leaders step forward and take initiative they step into the limelight, shining their own light and guiding the organisation. In doing so they cannot help but split off and obscure other less appealing areas of themselves and what they are doing. These aspects become... Read more

Stuck in the Matrix?
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Stuck in the Matrix?

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In the famous cyberpunk film “The Matrix” played by Keanu Reeves the protagonist finds himself in the midst of an adventure that is partially self-created and partially imposed. In the ensuing quest to find out what is real and to make progress, he is challenged to embark on a journey of simultaneous creation and discovery. A key focus of his attention is discovering who he is and how he fits into where he is particularly at. But even in the midst of confronting his predicament and seeking answers he becomes aware that the perplexing reality he is in, is one... Read more

What's your story (and who is writing it)?
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What's your story (and who is writing it)?

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“In a fractured age, when cynicism is God, here is a possible heresy: we live by stories, we also live in them. One way or another we are living the stories planted in us early or along the way, or we are also living the stories we planted – knowingly or unknowingly – in ourselves. We live stories that either give our lives meaning or negate it with meaninglessness. If we change the stories we live by, quite possibly we change our lives”. from "A Way of Being Free” by Ben Okri  Living a Story Why does it take a shock or crisis... Read more

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