As well as facilitating strategic conversations for over 25 years, I have also conducted lots of strategic research, raised project funding, produced influential reports and mentored leaders.
Always adopting the longer term view and respecting the bigger picture, I have worked on great projects with lots of interesting people. Whether immersed in discussions about the bigger picture with military officers, discovering my calm centre when resolving differences between managers, or engaging with a group of cancer sufferers, some of the most rewarding experiences have been when I have had to dig deep within myself to deal with rarely addressed issues or emotionally-charged subjects.
Now, motivated by my personal interest in the reinvention of social institutions and organisations, my preferred starting point is a one-to-one conversation with individuals who are willing to challenge the we-have-always-done-it-this-way consensus and who want to make real, long-lasting difference.
"John is a master of his craft. As such a great deal of his work is barely perceptible. A deft and accomplished mediator his skill is not in defusing difficult or antagonistic situations but in moving beyond the current, sifting value from stale or corrosive positions and conduiting positive resources into a new perspective. Transformation with John has little to do with new elements and everything to do with growing new insight." Karen Peters, Leader, Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Centre