Contemplations...

Heroic tendencies
Instead of writing this piece, I should have been hosting a Leadership Embodiment community of practice day in Fife. Based in the Cairngorms, the deciding factor in calling off the event was the prospect of driving 100 miles in snowy conditions. I rarely...
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Annus horribilis?
In a speech marking the 40th anniversary of her accession to the throne, the late Queen Elizabeth II said: 1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure… it has turned out to be an ‘Annus Horribilis’. This came to mind in recent...
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Care for the caretaker
Recent conversations with fellow coaches have reminded me of a 1-page handout from my time in a team that trained bereavement counsellors. Headed Care for the Caretaker, it listed ways in which those who offer to support to others can support themselves. It...
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Glitches
For reasons I don’t understand, the printed version of my book Pause for Breath became unavailable on Amazon at some point during 2022. I asked my main contacts at my publisher to put this right. Their answer? There’s nothing we can do, it’s all down...
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Angry birds*
A fellow coach supervisor recently described her interaction with officials who were enforcing fire safety regulations in the shared hallway of her property. Their overbearing and pre-emptory manner was intrusive and she was quickly consumed by fury....
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Jigsaw meditation
Until recently, I haven’t been someone who does jigsaws. This changed when visiting friends last year – they were about 70% into a particular kind of puzzle, a wasgij. In a wasgij, you don’t recreate the picture on the box – instead you construct what...
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