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A Story to Explain the Vision and Purpose of Unconditional Communication

Our eldest son Oliver is now living and working in Japan. And when I say Japan, I don’t mean Japan= Tokyo; as in China= Shanghai or Italy= Rome– each of them huge, sprawling international versions of each other where you’ll always be close to a Starbucks. For the next two years, his home is a small city, Esashi, population 8000, give or take, in Hokkaido. He has a government-sponsored job with the local school district, tasked with raising the capacity for English-speaking among teachers, students and the wider community. He’ll learn invaluable lessons that come with having any job, and [...]

October 24th, 2019|

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|
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