Connecting More Deeply

July 19, 2016

I’m riffing some ideas here based on the four themes we’ve been exploring for Creative Leadership: Having bolder conversations Connecting more deeply Engaging the resistance Staying alive This is one of those things that’s easy to say, hard to do. We all like to think we’re okay with change, yet when it comes to the […]

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It’s true – mistakes are more fun

September 24, 2013

As I enter my last week in England for this extended trip, we finally found a convergence of people, time, weather and willingness to go punting on the River Cam. There was an element of relief – how could I spend a summer in Cambridge and not go punting? And an element of anxiety – […]

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Waking up in Cambridge

July 9, 2013

This morning I woke up in Cambridge. That would be Cambridge in the UK, my home-away-from-home for the next three months (with a huge thank you to Johnnie Moore for providing said HAFH). Just in Cambridge itself there’s lots to do. I have a bike to get around, some familiarity from a short visit last […]

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December 10, 2010

If yesterday’s prompt was hard, this one is a no-brainer. What social gathering rocked my socks off in 2010? I’ve mentioned The Slips before, here.  We had just completed a few days work together. It was our final evening as a whole group staying in an apartment in the city. We’d been out to dinner each […]

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Finding love through improv

May 22, 2010

William Hall, founder of BATS Improv in San Francisco, wrote about finding love through improv. He says: Improv is one of the most playful things we can do as adults.  It combines fantasy, role-playing, social interaction and the excitement of performance.  It’s an emotionally charged activity. Is it any wonder then that people fall in […]

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Believing it’s possible at Bells

May 17, 2010

My friend Chris Corrigan introduced me to rock balancing, so it was only appropriate on a recent visit to Bells Beach (when the surf was pumping BTW) that Chris took the opportunity to do some rock balancing on my home turf. I hope to do the same on his home turf, Bowen Island, some time. […]

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A more satisfying way of working

May 14, 2010

We’d just finished working together face-to-face for a week. We gathered in one of our apartments, too tired to venture out for dinner. We opened a bottle of wine, a few beers to celebrate and ordered pizza. Someone suggested a song. Two guitars, a group of friends – singing, laughing, improvising. What were we celebrating? […]

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April 4, 2010

I sometimes talk about life-changing moments, decisions, change, choice, and accepting offers. It all seems rather trite right now. For a friend of mine, a few moments on Friday changed her life, and that of her four young children, forever. It will be a defining point in their lives. Her husband, their father, was killed […]

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Being prepared

March 14, 2010

My friend Geoff Brown is a talented facilitator, father of three energetic boys and a sometimes musician. In his spare (!) time he helps organise the excellent Airey’s Inlet Open Mic Music Festival. This year the festival in the small coastal community of Airey’s Inlet was held over three days, with seven stages and more […]

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Remembering Brian

February 3, 2010

I sit here writing this post through my tears as I remember my dear friend and mentor Brian Bainbridge, who died yesterday morning, in his sleep, apparently of a heart attack. Brian was a Catholic priest. We were invited to his 40th priestly celebration a few years ago. It was an odd event for us […]

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