Claire writes: Our kids used to love Kerplunk – where you pull out sticks and hope to keep the marbles in the container.  Pull out the wrong one and they all fall.  Sometimes learning can feel like Kerplunk.  We wonder why some things are difficult and tinker round the edges tweaking here and there.  And then one day a small tweak produces a huge amount of understanding that can sometimes be overwhelming.

I’ve just spent 3 days coaching leaders as part of a course to review and renew their work and their vocation.  We were using the DiSC communications profiles to help us.  Several people’s had two strongest preferences which could, at worst, be in conflict with each other.  And at best be very creative.

As I was leaving, one person came to feedback how these new understandings made sense of his whole experience through his working life. He was feeling slightly overwhelmed by the task now ahead and asked what help he might need to process these.  Over 100 years ago, Maurice Maeterlinck said:  “It is far more important that one’s life should be perceived than that it should be transformed, for no sooner has it been perceived than it transforms itself of its own accord”.

Coaching may be helpful, but it will not be the first option.  The first option is to see what happens.  Think about it…”

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