Skip Navigation | Using this site



Pattern Thinking

By observation of what goes on in the world we make sense by creating corresponding patterns in our mind. Referring to this patterning of knowledge we decide how to act, thereby projecting the patterns in our mind out onto the world. Can we get better at such processes and would doing so make our actions more beneficial and more effective?
This short article raises such questions and suggests possible answers, provoking us to think differently about the patterns behind events. By becoming more aware of the patterns underlying our behaviours we can get better at what we do. Continue reading


The Midas Touch

We all have it but we don’t notice it. It steals what we value. Like King Midas we discover that everything we delight in becomes, through excess of our attention, no more than another commodity. We are all … Continue reading


Thinking and Perceiving

As facilitators and change agents we are constantly expending cognitive, emotional and vital energies to inform and guide other people in their creative work. It is necessary to pause, relax, reflect and regenerate – as they say, to … Continue reading


Nine Steps to a successful off-site leadership retreat

Taking a leadership team on off-site retreat can transform what is possible – what seemed hugely challenging becomes achievable. Done well a retreat brings about new relationships and a new level of thinking. The retreat gets you to … Continue reading

Deeper Learning Integrates Theory and Practice

Kurt Lewin said “there is nothing as practical as a good theory”. It must be clear to anyone that action is more effective if people know what they are doing, on top of which, no action is ever … Continue reading


Spirit of Wholeness

Resilience is an internal quality that enables an entity to survive and even to benefit from stress and change. It is an emergent quality of teamwork. By emergent we mean that the system as a whole has characteristics … Continue reading


What do we mean by Space for Co-creation?

Co-creative space is where people can come into relationship to make something new together. This is especially valuable when you are seriously challenged – a new team sorting out its vision, the executive developing a new sense of … Continue reading

Creative Space

by John Varney, founder of High Trenhouse – Centre for Management Creativity I am preparing a presentation on “Space for Co-thinking” for the business department of the Jagiellonian University of Krakow. Reflecting on how creative work has evolved … Continue reading


The Patterning Instinct

Book review by Jeremy Lent This is a superb easy-to-read history of human cultures around the globe from the earliest days until now with glimpses into possible future scenarios. It stimulates an off-world perspective that might help you … Continue reading

Discover the Dales

Enjoy a luxurious four-day walking holiday house-party with Jonathan Smith to guide you through some of the finest scenery in the Dales, introducing you to the rich history and folklore of this fascinating area. Waking up to the … Continue reading

Covid-19 - please see the blog for the latest update