Contemplations...

Aftermath
The morning after storm Corrie passed through, my neighbour went out for a run to examine the impact. Her verdict? Carnage. She’d used a similarly potent word after storm Arwen but on my usual walks after that weather event, I’d only been slightly hampered...
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Redemption
In a recent conversation about the painful consequences of certain actions, the word redemption popped into my mind. It’s not part of my everyday vocabulary and so it appeared without the textured understanding that comes from familiarity and regular...
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Interdependence
Driving south from Inverness, a roadside sign caught my attention. It declared: ‘Independence is normal’ The context is the campaign to separate Scotland from the UK. As someone who tends towards the solitary and self-sufficient, I truly recognise the...
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Beyond disagreement
Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about disagreement and how it arises. It’s a subject closely connected to my dialogue work – too many conversations begin with good intentions yet end badly as individual agendas collide. It’s evident that one root of...
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Moving towards dialogue
I’m always searching for persuasive ways to convey the potential of dialogue practices in changing our everyday conversations. While I know, as an experience, the distinctive feel of a conversation shaped by the principles and practices of dialogue, I...
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Paved with good intentions
Most leadership is enacted through the medium of conversation – whether meetings, presentations or one-to-ones. Yet many of us don’t pay attention to the ‘how’ of our conversations – we focus on the ‘what’. We don’t consider how we’ll create the conditions...
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