Mergers & Acquisitions:     Building thriving cultures

Mergers & Acquisitions: Building thriving cultures

Picture by pawel-czerwinski What happens to employees when their organisation is acquired? Like any kind of significant change, we humans feel shock and denial when an M&A is announced. The shock and denial are often accompanied by a freeze / appease response, where the staff and management ‘hold their breath’ in anticipation of what may happen next.  This is a survivor response and can often include looking outside the organisation to see what their options are. What's less understood is that the organisation and its employees have now entered a liminal space. The space that exits...

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Finding Your Power in a Pandemic

Finding Your Power in a Pandemic

Lost Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I have made this place around you. If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here. No two trees are the same to Raven. No two branches are the same to Wren. If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you, you are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows where you are. You must let it find you. -- David Wagoner (1999) The Pandemic has left some...

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The Liminal Space

The Liminal Space

Let's talk about LIMINAL SPACE... The world (and that means all of us) are in this Liminal Space right now (because of the pandemic), but we may not be conscious of what this space really is. Liminal space is a THRESHOLD. Think of it like a door way, where we stand in the space between two rooms. We are neither in one room or another. It's a complex space and one that both Leaders and Coaches need to know about and have conscioulsy experienced themselves.  It can be deep and profound, so you will need wise guides to support you, those who know the territory, like sherpa mountain guides....

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Northern Soul

Northern Soul

WATCH: NORTHERN SOUL WITH ZENA ME “If you don’t know where you are going, any road can take you there.” – Alice in Wonderland I first experienced being filmed by Nic Askew back in 2005. The resulting film, Hello Yellow Brick Road, was the start of my journey to finding my purpose. I believed that we all have a sacred purpose, something unique to contribute, and decided to explore what mine might be. The film led me to performing a one-woman stage show, based on William Bridges’ book Transitions, using film, music, storytelling and dance – and it’s fair to say it was...

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Toxic Cultures

Toxic Cultures

“The prisoners were easy, it’s the SYSTEM I struggled with…” Clare McGregor, Coach and Author of the book ‘Coaching Behind Bars’ How to Illuminate the Hidden Relationship Dynamics CAN COACHING SAVE THE WORLD?….A feisty American woman immediately jumped on Clare’s comment…“Yes! That’s exactly it” she said. “That’s what I WANT to talk about…The TOXIC SYSTEMS… What we do about them? How do we change them?” Clare was talking about ‘Can Coaching Save the World? at this years ICF Conference in London. The themes included: – Resilience and...

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A Rebel WITH a Cause …and the struggle to BELONG

A Rebel WITH a Cause …and the struggle to BELONG

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” -David Bowie What happened when I returned to work with the film maker Nic Askew in London after 14 years and the revealing of my Inner Rebel and the relationship with Belonging and Systemic Leadership...  MY 'NEW' INNER VIEW FILM.... I'm  sat in a beautiful place in Covent Garden, eyes closed, trying to ground myself as I waited for Nic to be ready... Its been 14 years since I'd last been filmed by Nic and his 'Inner View Film Method' and boy had a lot happened in my life since then... For one I'm now in...

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“Values and Integrity” Becoming Our Authentic Self

“Values and Integrity” Becoming Our Authentic Self

THE SYMBOLISM OF RUPERT… Recently, in my journal I had a flashback to a childhood memory of watching Rupert on the TV.  Then, last Wednesday, whilst walking through Manchester’s University, chatting with the wonderful Values Expert Jackie Le Frevre, I came across a street bookseller and there, directly facing me, was a Rupert Book for sale. After 15 years of writing a journal every day I am no stranger to synchronicity, so I promptly bought the book for £2 and, as I held it in my hands, it brought back warm, embodied feelings of my childhood love of Rupert. For those of you who may not know,...

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Thriving out of the box

Thriving out of the box

The Birth of My New Web "Place"  How do you transform an ordinary, ‘head-bound’ space into one of exploration, play, and openness?  As leaders and coaches we understand the intrinsic wonderfulness within each person. Our job is often seen as that of a locksmith or a safecracker: we break people open so they have access to their own riches.  But how does that process translate into the business world, when we’re so often faced with Very Hard Problems? The conflicts and challenges that face ambitious teams are far more dynamic than the struggles of a single individual.  How can we, as coaches,...

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The Story of the “Lost’ Founder

The Story of the “Lost’ Founder

The Organising Principles in an Organisational Human Relationship 'System' When facing any complex issues that arise in Organisations, its important to check out the Organising Principles in Human Systems as identified by Bert Hellinger. When these are aligned and in place, energy flows positively through the Organisation and creates a healthy, thriving culture. The 'Organising Principles' include: that everything and everyone has a right to 'Belong' (unless they are incompetent to do their job and that includes the leader), that who came first and the 'Order' in which they came needs to be...

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A Leaders Rite of Passage

A Leaders Rite of Passage

As a child I remember my parents telling me a story about a boy they once knew who lived in their neighbourhood and who made up stories to make himself sound interesting. Sadly, he met an unhappy end, rumour had it that he’d been found in a ditch, murdered by the IRA His latest ‘story’ involved him being an undercover Agent for the UK Government. My parents described him as a ‘Walter Mitty’ character. At the time I had no idea what that meant, but this sad and scary story seemed like a harsh lesson to me about being honest about who you are, being in reality and to not pretend to be...

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