From the Blog on fear

The Villain inside us

The resistance is rarely about facts and logic; it’s usually about fear and the stories we tell ourselves. We need to tell better stories.

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Fear.

Fear can is a state of heightened alertness and can highlight the need for urgent action. It is rarely a helpful long term driver for positive organisational change. It may help bring about change, but it will also cause people to leave as no one wants to be in a...

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Doing your job vs Shiny Toys

Sometimes the problem we are trying to solve do not require a new solution, an innovation, or some new piece of technology. Sometimes they need a human solution; sometimes they just need someone to do their job and hold people accountable. Holding each other...

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Getting the balance right

My kids recently were given a “Diggers Stencil Book’ containing pages of different types of diggers and dumper trucks - bulldozers, backhoe loaders, site dumpers, mini excavators, road headers, long wall shearers, and so on.  They love it.  Each page has a stencil...

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Scrabble, Change, & Fear

Scrabble, Change, & Fear

Take two, sometimes called speed scrabble, is played with the scrabble letters, but without the board. Every player starts with seven letters and has to make words that are interconnected, but everyone is working on their own - the words are not interconnected. When...

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Being Angry

It happens. It's part of being human, so well done, you're human. Change is full of, well, differences, new things, frustrations, struggles, uncertainty, new stakeholders, miscommunication, insecurity, etc. and this brings out all kinds of emotions in everyone who is...

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Building your Courage Muscle

When we encounter people who are brave or courageous, it's easy to think they are somehow different from us, somehow less fearful, less emotional. They are not. Being brave or courageous without fear or anxiety is not brave or courageous, it's neither of those things...

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Critics, Courage, & Magic

While driving home from the shops, I saw three people out running. First, the slim, trim, got all the gear man running at the pace I can only dream of sprinting at. Second, a large, overweight person with ill-fitting clothing slowly jogging on one side of the road,...

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On Being. Terrified

As I race up the stairs, my mind is cycling through various scenarios and all of the most probable ones involve blood - not what a parent of young children wants to imagine, especially just after building bunk beds for them. I execute the two quick turns required to...

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