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UNCONDITIONAL COMMUNICATION: Shaping Better Relationships & Bigger Futures – Together

If we want to live in a world that is engaging, healthy and successful, we need to think in terms of creating a sense of ‘We' rather than 'Us & Them.' This is true whether we are considering a corporate culture, a neighborhood, a nation, a friendship or a marriage.   Unfortunately, we are currently faced with a breakdown of ‘We’ - in our fragmented communities, in our polarized media, in our distrust of institutions and in our vindictive public discourse. More and more there is a feeling of separation and discord, of blame and making wrong.   Unconditional Communication [...]

October 15th, 2019|

I Met an Old Friend for Dinner

I met an old friend for dinner last night and he inquired about the book. ‘What’s the main argument?’ he asked (he always did like to get to the point). I said ‘There’s NOTHING to be afraid about. And it’s all even easier if you show up as helpful to others.’ So there you go. That’s all I’ve got for you. If you care about why we have become so fractious (internal state of anxiety) and fragmented (external state of separation and suspicion), and, more importantly, what you can do about it in your world, then this is the book [...]

October 3rd, 2019|

Personality Profiling Is a Tool Designed for People Who Don’t Really like People

I am helping at a leadership workshop in Europe.   The participants, 32 employees of my client organization who have flown in from 14 countries around the world, have a WhatsApp Group to keep in touch informally during their program journey.   Last night someone shared the attached image.   It’s funny, of course, and was offered in that spirit - but one of the group (a non-British person) came to me later and said, ‘But it’s true, isn’t it, David? How do I know when a British person is just being polite, or is meaning no when they say [...]

September 26th, 2019|

Book Extract: All Communication is Inside Out

Almost thirty years ago, when my friend Alan and I left the world of theater and came into the business world doing our ‘presentation skills program on rocket fuel’ (as one client called it), we were, essentially, training participants how to implement our tips and techniques.   “Stand like this and you’ll look impressive.”   “Move your arms with these gestures and you’ll appear purposeful.”   Because our clients loved these easy fixes – and assumed them to be long-lasting – it took me a while to work out that there was a deep flaw in this approach.   The [...]

September 19th, 2019|
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