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What is Unconditional Communication?

  Here in the States, the Democratic presidential race is well underway, and the TV debates are a good lens for looking afresh at the nature of communication. Politics is steeped in what I call conditional communication. The condition - the tacit agreement - in place is very clear, and we all subscribe to it. If I’m the candidate, I am going to speak so that you vote for me. Whatever it takes to get that vote, that’s who I’ll be for you. I’m not going to tell you my truth; I am not going to speak from my heart. [...]

July 17th, 2019|

Communication is a Creative Act

  We create our lives by what we think, say and do; and we create our lives by what we don't think, don't say, don't do. We tend to treat these three elements as distinct: we talk about strategic thinking, crucial conversations and then powerful execution. The fact of the matter is that these three things we label as thoughts, words and deeds are in a fluid and dynamic relationship with each other, moving, like waves, back and forth in our internal and collective consciousness. Think of a finger-spinner in motion. The reason I love to focus on communication - [...]

July 10th, 2019|

Independence as an Act of Communication

After the picnics, BBQs, flags and fireworks have ended, Independence Day can remind us - not only Americans - how powerful communication can be. The Declaration of Independence clearly spends a lot of time describing what the founders wanted to move away from. This is important in all our lives. We need to be able to recognize and declare what we are done with, or don’t want to support or follow - whether that’s a habit, a company, or an elected official. Our lives are built on agreements - some public, some tacit and silent. One my clients just worked [...]

July 2nd, 2019|

A new brand, a new book, a new story about communication

I’m really pleased to announce the launch of my new website. A new look and feel, a new brand. It reflects the decision I made to focus entirely on the work I do with clients around communication. That is, after all, the thing that brought me into the business world from theater, almost 30 years ago. The brand aims to reflect how this communication thing is not something I had an idea about in the shower last week. Instead, it’s been a long, fascinating journey which I now want to journal for others. I’ve been developing, testing and practicing these [...]

July 2nd, 2019|
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