Take me to Odessa

Stories matter: we all know that. Story telling is as important to human beings as air and water. When it comes to group facilitation though, the best kinds of stories – stories that can lift a group out of its quotidian concerns and self limiting beliefs – often emerge at the margins. And no matter how smart the workshop design, the best moments are unpredictable.READ MORE

Out of box, out of office

People talk a lot in the business world about ‘getting out of the box’ to solve problems creatively or see things from a different perspective. There are big advantages in getting out of the box, especially if it leads to new ways of doing business. But what does ‘out of the box’ really mean to the decision makers who use the term and initiate ways to make it happen?READ MORE

Siri Calling

Last year, a few days before Christmas, the Strategic Services Group in the Department of Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade and Energy SA was due to hold a strategic planning workshop. READ MORE

Ways of seeing

What’s older – using words or reading pictures? It’s the latter, of course, as advertisers well know. Our visual circuitry is old, really old. Neuroscience has now filled in the gaps that Madmen have intuitively exploited. READ MORE

Moments of M

Using different words in place of our habitual corporate jargon can sometimes trick us into abandoning the knots that bind us to the same old thinking. READ MORE

Wild Things

It’s one thing to take part in a six-month long leadership development program (with a demanding job in the background), and quite another to come up with something meaningful and lasting at the end of it. READ MORE