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Welcome

July 8, 2013 0 Comments

The change I encourage is to repair and restore your own sense of self and to bring those lessons and habits into an effort to repair and restore your world. Whatever attracted you to this blog and my work, you are very welcome. I hope it serves as an inspiration or impetus on your personal […]

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Embracing Uncertainty, the space in-between

June 15, 2017 1 Comment

Navigating the space in between what was, what is, and what will be, can be daunting. Yet, in those days, weeks, months or years, we conceive and create our future. “Choose to live in the present moment” is fine advice. Living mindfully, embracing self-care and a sense of prosperity requires skill building and support. But where […]

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Personal Change Management; the tools

June 13, 2017 0 Comments

A post entitled, Embracing Uncertainty, suggested an alternative description of the practices often recommended to support resilience. It has become clear that the language helping professionals use, is often one of the most significant obstacles to supporting significant life and career change. So, if you’ve embraced mindfulness, a daily meditation practice or have already found your way into a supportive recovery community […]

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On NI, flags & the ‘je ne sais quoi’ of leadership…

May 27, 2017 0 Comments

Thank you to Alan Carson for suggestion my attendance and to Stephen Gough for organising “The State of the Union; Beyond 2021” event in East Belfast this week. The impression I left with was that we are all aching for great leadership. This is the first of two posts I will offer on my insights from […]

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Mother’s Day, Martin & Me

March 26, 2017 0 Comments

“If you want to understand any woman you must first ask about her mother and listen carefully. Stories about food show a strong connection. Wistful silences demonstrate unfinished business. The more a daughter knows the details of her mother’s life – without flinching or whining – the stronger the daughter.” Anita Diamont Mothering, all parenting […]

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Why Write? “…it is better to speak”

October 5, 2016 0 Comments

Per Audre Lorde It is summed up beautifully by the fact that in an African naming ceremony she took the name Gamba Adisa, which means “Warrior: She Who Makes Her Meaning Known“.  What I leave behind has a life of its own…I’ve said this about poetry; I’ve said it about children. Well, in a sense I’m saying […]

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Tangible Leadership

September 19, 2016 0 Comments

  Where we’ve been and where we’re going! In 2009, David Allen Ibsen published, “Leading your way out of the recession”. It was a recipe for what it would take to survive the global economic crisis. The ingredients included: • Self Confidence • A clearly articulated and broad vision • A willingness to be flexible […]

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On depression as a necessary winter before the spring…

September 5, 2016 0 Comments

Imagine if we, as a culture, could embrace depression. Imagine that in any life cycle there are, as in nature, seasons. Depression does not always have to be viewed as pathology. The industrial age introduced clocks, the digital age upped 9-5 to 24/7. We are not meant to operate outside of the natural order of […]

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Changing the world by being ourselves…

August 29, 2016 0 Comments

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself…” Leo Tolstoy Just last Wednesday I delivered a talk to the Tangible Ireland Ambassador Summer School 2016. The subject, as always, was my frustration with hearing “What would you be moving to this feckin country for?” Yesterday the New York Times offered this opinion […]

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Do something! Complacency is failing us…

August 28, 2016 0 Comments

As the brilliant documentary “Older than the Ireland” so vividly illustrated, 100 years is not a long time. It does, however, highlight how action taken today can significantly impact the Ireland of 2116. I for one think we need to seriously adjust the trajectory. Heartened and inspired by the leadership evidenced in the stories shared at […]

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On Education, testing not required…

August 15, 2016 0 Comments

…or even relevant. The links provided will offer a view into what system changes are succeeding elsewhere. The video below says it all. Let’s get out of their way, stop lecturing and test less. Let’s motivate and challenge our young people to show us what they can do! In Ireland, both in the Republic and […]

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