Wednesday, 1 February 2023

The Wise Conversations Manifesto

My focus this year is on 'The Art of Wise Conversations'.

I'm hosting a group.

I'm providing mentoring.

I'm writing a book on the topic with a goal of publishing in early 2024.

Over the break I began reviewing, keeping and discarding my research into human being centred conversations since they became the main focus of my work in 2012.

Ten key themes emerged.

I have placed them in the following manifesto:

Wise Conversations Manifesto

  • Human being centred.
  • Unearthing and unleashing our best humanness.
  • Maintaining high value and mutually rewarding relationships.
  • Accentuating joy.
  • Nurturing our insights, inspirations, ideas and far-sight.
  • Being our best one moment at a time.
  • Enhancing our essence (our unique gifts/talents/skills/attitudes)
  • Innovating every day, i.e. shifting away from the status quo when sameness is no longer serving us.
  • Naming it when we temporarily lose shared-view in our relationships, and stopping to regain it. 
  • Gratitude is our foundation and having “an attitude of gratitude" our key behaviour.
Today I began exploring these themes privately with my bespoke mentoring clients and also in the public programs where I’m hosting two groups every first Wednesday at 10 AM Melbourne time or 8.30 AM London time. 

This second group is full. There are some vacancies for the 10 AM group. The topic for March is Trust. You can learn more here or contact me on +61 418 807 898. I will catch you up privately after your registration on the first topic of Respect.

The program examines what I have come to call the The Nine Essential Seats of a Wise Conversation Circle. 

Each of the nine leads us deeper in the themes of the manifesto, and how we can apply them in our own best way.

The Art of Wise Conversations Programs also feature my proven methodology as follows:

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Wednesday, 18 January 2023

Three gifts to help you to ensure that 2023 is your best year yet

You can download them here. 

Gifts include this book rap from Geoff McDonald.

My 27 best ways to focus conversations.

and a complimentary 20 minute mentoring session to explore one of the 27 that you feel is right for you right now.

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Friday, 13 January 2023

'Unhurried Conversations' with Johnnie Moore

I loved having this conversation with Johnnie Moore:

There's links to Johnnie's work underneath the video on YouTube.

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More videos like this one here.

Monday, 9 January 2023

My best 27 conversation focusing tools

I've invested a lot of time and energy in the past year reviewing over 100 models that I have developed and used successfully in the past 30 years.

The following 27 made the final cut.

You can download them with my compliments here.

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Wednesday, 4 January 2023

Monday, 2 January 2023

The Super Nine of Business Success

I love Tom Peters. Here's is his explanation of the famous Staff 7-S model of which he is the co-creator.

The 7-S model, Tom himself and his other works, have greatly influenced my own work.

The 7-S model - strategy, systems, structure, skills, style, and staff—all united by shared values.

In my model below I include shared values in my Shared-view and I have added Status quo assessment and relevance and reliability and Small yet significant shifts and aggregation of marginal gains.


Learn more about shared-view in my complimentary online course here. Without shared-view nothing else can work at optimum levels.


In all thriving organisations I've observed staff/employees are first. In such organisations people feel valued, live values and exchange and deliver value. Learn more about these three here.


The best organisational structures are based on a supplier-customer value exchange and delivery chain. At the simplest level this means your board is serving your executives, who are serving your employees, who are serving your customers and other stakeholders.

If you are a shareholder driven organisation then you will never maximise your potential because your structure will be designed around shareholders.

Value exchange and delivery structure creation is unique to every organisation. Please contact me on +61 418 807 898 to explore further.


Systems follow structure. A systems thinking approach is essential. More about this here where I'm in conversation with Glenn Capelli and Allan Parker.

Strategy in a sentence

I updated my insights into this concept recently.

Status quo assessment and relevance and reliability

"No one sees reality.

It’s worth repeating: No one accurately sees the world as it is."

says Seth Godin in his first post for 2023. Read full post here.

I prefer therefore to assess normal (status quo) and to be in constant conversation with others about the relevance and reliability of my actions.


In Australia right now we have massive skill shortages in nurses and doctors as well as tourism and hospitality. From what I can tell the powers that be waited far too long to do anything about it and now we have a massive crisis.

Wise Leaders are always assessing skills needed now and at least a decade into the future.


I don't believe in the traditional leadership styles. Because each of us is a one-of-a-kind human being we lead according to who we are and our preferences. Style for me therefore is being fully who we are. I created the five faces of a fully alive human being with this in mind. Learn more about the five faces here where there is a link to the podcast version.

Small yet significant shifts and aggregation of marginal gains

Two of my favourite concepts are quantum leaps and the aggregation of marginal gains. Combining them is super tactic for ensuring success. Learn all about this here.

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Monday, 19 December 2022

The Art Of Wise Conversations in small groups and 1:1's

I'm thrilled to announce my new signature program The Art Of Wise Conversations in small groups and 1:1's

Read all about it here. Begins online on February 1st 2023.

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