What is a Systemic Approach?

What is a Systemic Approach?

Our Human Relationship System:  Like a spider's web, all of life is interconnected.  Chaos theory and the famous ‘if a butterfly flaps its wing’ discoveries have proved this to us.  All of life is a system; incredibly complex systems upon systems, interwoven together.   The Western world however tends to view the world through an Individual lense.  This view is attractive, as it allows us to see ourselves as individuals and separate to the systems of which we are a part, but it is also fundamentally flawed.  It is like thinking babies are produced on a...

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Beyond Mergers & Acquisitions: Building a New Team Culture

Beyond Mergers & Acquisitions: Building a New Team Culture

Creating a Healthy Climate for Growth  Leading a Team after a Merger / Acquisition can be  a tough gig. The fallout from the disruption can be challenging. If you’re a Leader who belonged to one of the Organisations, it can be hard not to be caught in your loyalty to the old culture and therefore unwittingly enforcing the division between the two organisations or teams.  Most organisation’s approach to M&A’s is based on old colonial thinking (take and conquer), which leaves the loyal employees of the less empowered system feeling humiliated and patronised and therefore...

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Mergers & Acquisitions – How To Retain Trust When Managing Uncertainty

Mergers & Acquisitions – How To Retain Trust When Managing Uncertainty

Something within each of us cries out for belonging...Like the tree that puts roots deep into the clay, each of us needs the anchor of belonging in order to bend with the storms and reach towards the light. - John O'Donohue Image by Andrew Seaman How can leaders manage this difficult and painful process with honesty and integrity and retain the respect and trust of the employees during this uncertain time? This article aims to lay out the reality of M&As for Leaders and some thoughts and ideas on how to manage it with integrity. The purpose of a successful process is to minimise the...

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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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