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Membership consists of senior executives from commercial organisations that want to challenge the status quo in themselves, their business and market sector.
Well my supervisor said I had ‘complex defensive structures’. When she said it I was rather pleased because it sounded cool. But then after going through some seriously painful learning it turns out it is not so cool…Continue
Posted by Nick Mabey on February 14, 2017 at 9:00
Exploring my identity with masks
They are quietly staring back, observing me, waiting for me to say something.
I’m feeling uncertain.
My hands are slightly trembling.
I’m on the edge of…Continue
Posted by Rowan Gray on January 23, 2017 at 9:00
I hadn't ever been allowed past it, the protective shell around the inner experience that was at the heart of who he was. It was just too strong, the defences were a multitude and he left me wondering what it was that was so difficult that he wouldn't want access to. Our conversations were pleasant enough, I doubt I did much more at the start than be someone to talk to in confidence and…Continue
Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on January 21, 2017 at 17:00
By way of biography, earlier this year I left my job and the company I’d been working in for 12 years. It had not always been a comfortable 12 years but it was known and understood and at times exciting and stretching. And it provided…Continue
Posted by Ann Paul on January 17, 2017 at 16:30
Grasping, trying, desperate for signs of approval. Showing off, dominating, making people laugh, anything to feel their validation. Suffocating at the prospect of rejection, try harder, tell them a story, make them feel better. Anything to make them love me.
This is often a voice in my head – the voice of my attachment. In its grip…Continue
Posted by Nick Mabey on January 16, 2017 at 10:00
He is usually a mild man, known for his gentle demeanour and care for others. His smile is almost never absent from his face and his efforts are always on behalf of someone else. An e mail or call is never going to be a selfish one,…Continue
Recently I went to a concert at the Royal Festival Hall. Having spent many evenings at the RFH over my 25 years in London I realised on entering the auditorium that all my previous visits had only involved the bar or restaurant – clearly I’m not as highbrow as I thought.
The concert was by Chineke! a black and ethnic minority orchestra who play both…Continue
Posted by Ann Paul on November 16, 2016 at 10:30
I’m thinking about structures. Organisational structures and restructures and the way we organise ourselves at work – how we plan, decide, action… you know, that configuration-y stuff. Partly, this has been sparked by recent work around matrix stuctures, and partly by reading …Continue
Posted by Julie Drybrough on November 16, 2016 at 10:00
Our world is constantly changing. The rate of change may be increasing, but it has always been in flux. This basic fact about the world is recognized by the maxim ‘you can never step in the same river twice’ – attributed to…Continue
Posted by Benjamin Graham on November 14, 2016 at 18:00