15 Jul 2019

The title of this blog post, whilst accurate, is perhaps a bit overstated: the international athlete concerned is my youngest daughter Lizzie, who is currently playing for the GB Women Under 24 Ultimate Frisbee team in the world championships in Heidelberg.  And I have...

3 Jul 2019

I had a very interesting coaching session with a client recently, who we’ll call Jane, as that’s not her name.  She had found it very easy to identify a rich and powerful unhelpful story about her current reality, and to give it a name.  However, she was struggling rat...

17 Feb 2019

Today I came across an interesting article on the TED site about a book and TED X talk by Dr John Sharp.

Essentially, he is describing a process very similar to the one outlined in Shifting Stories, as a self-help tool to help people to shift their own most profound sel...

3 Feb 2019

There’s been an extraordinary news story in the US recently that seems to me to illustrate some of the ideas sitting behind the ManyStory approach very vividly.

This was the story of the boys from Covington Catholic High School who were vilified for harassing and mockin...

26 Oct 2018

One of the projects I have been working on recently, with my excellent colleague Jan Allon-Smith, has been resolving and long-standing, ingrained and toxic conflict in a large organisation.

We did a lot of preparatory work (interviews, report-writing etc) to understand...

5 Oct 2018

Further to my last post on this, there is one story I want to explore a bit more; and that is Believe Women. My suspicion is that this may have been (at least in this case) an unhelpful story.  It seemed to me (and other jurors) that the CPS had not done as much work a...

2 Oct 2018

Before the summer break, I was on Jury Service.  It was a fascinating, if harrowing, experience, not least from the point of view of the multiple stories at play. The case involved allegations of rape in a domestic setting.

Most obviously, the prosecution and the defenc...

20 Sep 2018

I wrote this essay as part of the qualifying process to be a Thinking Partnership Coach, and thought that it might be of interest to readers of this blog.

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In this essay, I compare a Thinking Partnership approach to coaching, as developed by Nancy Kline (Kline, 1999) w...

14 Jun 2018

In Current Psychotherapies, Raymond Corsini recounts what he calls 'the most successful and elegant psychotherapy I have ever done.' It also strikes me as the most elegant example of Shifting a Story that I have ever encountered.

At the time, he was working as a psychol...

10 Jun 2018

On my main blog (here) I have written about my recent experiments with the Visual Explorer images/cards which I bought recently.

In particular I mentioned how an image could serve as a way of capturing a whole set of thoughts and feelings, and later provide a way of qui...

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