Being Wrong

I watched this TED Talk by Kathryn Schulz yesterday: On Being Wrong. One thing stuck in my mind. Schulz asks a few people what it’s like to be wrong, and they reply – “dreadful, thumbs down, embarrassing”. Which makes sense until she points out that this is only what we feel when we discover that […]

Unhurried news

In the last three years I’ve run over a hundred Unhurried Conversations. Most of these have been open to the public, while others have been inside organisations as part of the work I’ve been doing with them. I ran them in Sydney and Auckland on a recent trip down under. Others are running here in […]

Forthcoming Unhurried Events

We’ve got a few Unhurried events coming up… Our new group in Olympia, Washington, is having its first Conversation on Friday April 17th The next Unhurried Santa Cruz is on Sunday April 23rd (waitlisting) I’m hosting Unhurried Conversations in Sydney on Friday April 28th and Saturday April 29th Unhurried Cambridge meets again on Thursday May 11th […]

An update on unhurried at work…

Three years ago I first blogged about the idea of Unhurried. It emerged from a series of conversations with my friend Antony Quinn. We share an interest in improv theatre and were reflecting on scenes that were satisfying to take part in and watch – and those that weren’t. We realised that the best improv […]

Navigating a post-modern economy

Roland Harwood at 100% Open describes five vectors of our postmodern economy. We do seem to be living in confusing if interesting times, where the benefits of hyper-connectedness are coming into question. Roland refers to Tom Friedman’s division of web people and wall people, and offers five guiding ideas for how we cope with uncertainty. They are […]

Bohm and dialogue

I spent Friday at a meeting experimenting with holding a Dialogue, based on the ideas of David Bohm. I was invited by Peter Kajtar who has dedicated a large part of his life to exploring Bohm’s ideas. Bohm’s writing is dense and often hard to understand but I have always sensed his wisdom; the experience […]

Aliveness

Finding the aliveness below the surface of stuck

Bringing meetings to life

Many of us dread meetings at work. Too often they’re dull: they follow predictable patterns, and people struggle to stay engaged. After regular meetings, the gossip by the water cooler afterwards is usually more interesting, and honest, than the meeting itself. The best part of many conferences is the coffee break, when suddenly the whole […]

Organisational culture and its pitfalls

Keith Sawyer says you should avoid recruiting people who “fit your culture” if you want to support innovation. We know from creativity research that the most innovative teams have cognitive diversity. That means that each person has a different set of ideas, practices, and knowledge. This drives innovation, because the most creative ideas combine very different ideas. […]