What types of conversations AREN’T you having?

If you’re into influencing and personal effectiveness then you’re in the conversation game.   It’s a game that many of us learned like we learned walk – by copying others without too much conscious consideration of the specifics of what we were doing. For some of us, even the suggestion that there are different types of conversations with different purposes …

Language, being and the business of sustainability

At the heart of all sustainability challenges is the core system requiring an upgrade – the human system.   “Business”, “the economy”, “the supply chain” etc. are ultimately processes where human beings act and interact in social systems. Understanding HOW humans go about the process of organising themselves as individuals and in groups (their ontology)  is critical to sustainability at all levels – from personal …

If you can talk, you can change the world…

There’s a proverb from Zimbabwe that my singing teacher quoted a lot: “If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.” Not so many years ago, how humans went about the business of behaviour change was pretty much a mystery.  Those who could do it and do it well were considered to have ‘a way …

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Galileo, heresy, physics and the emerging regenerative economy…

Many years ago, the subject History and Philosophy of Science was a required subject in my undergraduate degree.  In it I learned about Galileo – the Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who championed heliocentrism – the then controversial proposition that the earth went around the sun.  The mindset change he championed resonates strongly with the shift to regenerative thinking.

Enough with the ‘why’ already!!!

Let’s talk about the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of profitable sustainability – because “why we should” has been done to death… Humans need more than why stuff for behaviour change.  If a good reason why was enough to create behaviour change then we wouldn’t have problems with smoking, obesity or any number of other ‘challenges’. To make effective change, most of us need more than …

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Who specifically? What specifically?

What’s beyond ‘someone should do something’??? OK, so you want a change in your world – what’s that change going to look like?  Do you know ?  Can you describe what you want instead? A web post I was referred to recently said that: “Those in charge of our world currently are clearly not doing the job that needs to …

Language: bringing forth a regenerative future…

“By continually expanding the distinctions available to observe and participate in the world in a myriad of ways, humans increase the diversity of ways they can coordinate their actions. Humans are continually inventing new ways of doing things together and so bring forth new creations, whether it is a new dance, more ecologically sustainable buildings or new forms of communication …

Creating clarity on a sustainable future

In an earlier post “Conversational practices for smart sustainability professionals” I outlined four types of conversations that contribute to effective communication and collaboration. The most overlooked type of conversation is a conversation for clarity, where we articulate and test our understanding of a situation; explore the understandings of others; and develop a shared understanding.  Conversations for clarity  eliminate misunderstandings, build …

Are your opinions making you impotent?

How we understand and explain the world (our assessments) controls what we see, how we act and how we feel.    If our beliefs and opinions are inaccurate or out-of-date we can find ourselves expending enormous amounts of energy without getting the results we want.   We can find ourselves feeling powerless, resentful and on the road to burnout. If …

Powerful conversational practices for smart sustainability professionals

“It is through conversations that we interact with each other, coordinate actions and get things done.  Conversations underpin and accompany everything we do, and what we do and do not accomplish.” -Alan Sieler, ‘Coaching to the Human Soul. Volume 1’ p.249 Getting things done in the world – and particularly in business – happens through conversation.  Yet how many of us …