Category Archives: The Churning

Talking the walk

An article in the Harvard Business Review gives an example of how important it is for leaders to “talk the walk” as well as “walking the talk”. In The Churning’s inner leadership, Chapter 6 of inner leadership is about talking the walk: … Continue reading

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Don’t just exercise: do it outside

Chapter 1 of The Churning’s inner leadership tells us that exercise and spending time in nature are two good ways to centre and ground ourselves. For maximum benefit we might even combine the two. Now it seems doctors in the UK … Continue reading

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Finland redesigns its education approach

Finland is redesigning the way it teaches school ‘subjects’ and starting to teach ‘topics’ instead. Students learning about the European Union, for example, will study a cross-section of history, economics, languages, and geography. Instead of a model where students rely on a … Continue reading

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Commitment and technique

A recent post by Seth Godin talks about how we often waste time teaching people things they’re not really committed to learning. His solution is to teach commitment first. Because then people will stick to what they are learning. My approach, … Continue reading

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Star in your own Oscars

The Oscars ceremony teaches us to look for others for approval. But what if we didn’t need the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to tell us who was best? And more importantly, what if the actors and directors didn’t either? … Continue reading

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“The essence of leadership”

Professor Dame Sandra Dawson, until recently the Director of the Judge Business School in Cambridge, talks in a short video about the essence of leadership, governance, and ethics. Her views chime well with the thinking of my second book, The … Continue reading

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Burning Time

Chapter 7 of inner leadership includes a section on how leaders can help their people to let go of the past. This includes burying or setting fire to something that represents what the people need to let go of. This … Continue reading

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Becoming antifragile

People and things that are fragile break when they come under stress. People and things that are resilient or robust do not break under stress. But people and things that become stronger and thrive when placed under stress are what … Continue reading

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Staying fixed and flexible at the same time

Zig Ziglar said that when obstacles arise you change your direction to achieve your goal, you do not change your decision to get there. The Churning helps address this in two ways. — Inner leadership provides tools that bring you clarity … Continue reading

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Unwanted emotions can be useful

In a time of churning we can sometimes feel anger, fear, sadness, or even emptiness and numbness. All of these can be transformed into something that will help us change the situation. To find out how, read more.    

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