Photo: Lior Locher

For some of us, the last year has indeed felt a bit like an involuntary hibernation. Our plans: cancelled. Our ideas: for a world that didn’t exist anymore — or is temporarily suspended. Our confidence: sometimes knocked as we had to adjust to a different life.

For the lucky ones of us, 2020–21 is an inconvenience. For others life changed in big ways with destruction that won’t be reversible. Lots of grief that has nowhere to go, hasn’t found meaningful rituals or holding containers yet. And for some, life changed in some ways for the better and we can’t see…

Friendship (picture: Lior Locher)

A lot of people had and are having a very difficult time right now. Often, only few folks know what’s really going on. It’s difficult to open up and seek help when there is already so much mess. Good support makes a world of difference and can really lighten the load for someone. Experiencing care keeps us within the fold of the human family, and that is particularly helpful when things have gone wrong.

Sometimes, though, the opposite of “good” are “good intentions”. Your approach to help can have unintended consequences that make the situation more difficult for a person…

Weaving the threads… Photo: Lior (Christine) Locher

Some of you asked. Here are some of the ways I keep my writing going:

Keep arse in the chair, said many writers, Colum McCann here. As in, sit down and do the work. Actually do it. This might not involve a chair and ideally your brain would get to participate a bit in the process but you get the point.

As Austin Kleon said, don’t identify with the label. This is not about being a writer, this is about writing. You don’t need a mac or a notebook with handmade paper or a fancy coworking space with a beer…

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That’s how I heard the classical story structure described in a writing class. This is not just true for stories, this is also true for life in its twists and turns of creation and recreation and change. It is also true of the creative process itself. Colum McCann recommends “arse in the chair” as the main tool for writing and for “staring down the blank page”. Also applies to other artistic pursuits.

It’s nice when it all comes together n the end, isn’t it? We can see the skies open, hear the orchestral music piping up. For me, it’s very…

traditional fence (picture: Lior Locher)

Companies often have reporting requirements. People usually don’t, or not as much as we think we do. You don’t have to update everyone with everything that is emerging. You don’t. If you have a partner, you probably have a good grasp at what stage of thinking process and with what sort of topics they want to get looped into, and how (if not and you are sharing/building a life with someone, have these conversations!).

For most other people around you — it’s OK NOT to tell everyone everything immediately as you are figuring out what comes next, or as you…


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I want to leave this place better than I found it, and use the time I have to make a positive difference. This impulse has been with me as long as I can remember, along with insatiable curiosity. The travel itch got me to live in 6 countries on 4 continents with longer trips in China and in India. Home is the UK, at least for now.

My academic background includes Communication, Intercultural Communication and Psychology with further studies abroad in Ecuador and Japan. A post-grad in peace and conflict research, and a postgrad certificate in systems thinking and a…

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On making shared meaning and some pointers for leadership

We have So. Much. To. Do. Most of us former office-dwellers are overscheduled, trying to fix things, at home and at work which is the same thing now somehow. We know how to do things. What we struggle with is how to be, here, now. With ourselves and with each other. Whatever “here” looks like. A lot of our play spaces or spaces for free-flowing interaction have gone, interactions are limited and there are rules. …

Gaining fluidity through solution-focused practice

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What is solution-focused working?

The solution-focused approach was developed in a therapeutic setting at a drop-in clinic in Milwaukee, in the U.S., by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg in the 1970s. They deducted the key principles from analyzing successful sessions at a granular level, and then tested and refined the approach.

It is light on theory, but firmly rooted in systemic work, emergence, constructivism and cybernetics. It is a cousin of Appreciative Inquiry, as they share some of the same principles, and some of this will also ring familiar for Agile practitioners. The focus is on the future, on negotiating a goal…

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We are all “zoom-bies” right now, in how we show up with others. Under lockdown, most of our lives plays out via various online platforms. It is where and how we meet, enabled and limited by platform functionality. I have been supporting Joan O’Donnell, an advanced Social Presencing practitioner, doing group work through zoom. Space, bodies, relationships, structures, dynamics, embodiment and responses, getting stuck and unstuck together. Everything about this sort of work wants to be live face to face, and now it can’t be.

And yet, we meet and do the work. We explore who we are at this…

One some days, life sucks, things go wrong, or things feel wrong. Or you had a big change that might not even have been planned. This post is for when it is on of the dreary days. Save or bookmark this somewhere. And add your pep talk in the comments (we are looking for pep talk, not “you should” advice or advertising).

This blog is a little different but it wanted out so here it is. Not everything will resonate with everyone at all times, so take what works this time.
Look after yourself. …

Christine Locher

Decision coach for professionals looking for more depth, facilitator, writer, art lover. Book on values-based change out now.

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