The Invisible Key to Making Change Happen

This past week, my core business team and I spent three days in London reviewing the year that’s coming to a close and making plans for the year ahead. As we inevitably do in these reviews, we got insights into some underlying patterns of thinking

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Before Thought and Beyond Belief

One of the words I hear myself use most often in my work is “grounding”. It’s a way of talking about where we are coming from in our life and work. What we’re grounded in is the thinking that seems real to us…

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What is Money?

I’ve always suspected that the first official ‘financial’ transaction between nations involved the trade of several chickens for a goat, and that both nations (or what we would today consider to be tribes) had members who violently protested that ‘our chickens are worth way more than their goats’ and vice versa…

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A Different Way to Succeed

We’ll be taking a deep dive together into the largely uncharted waters of the human potential. We’ll be focusing less on ‘how to live’ than on a new understanding of how life works…

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A Meaningful Conversation

When I first started teaching people about the work of Sydney Banks just over a decade ago, I had the distinct advantage that nobody had any idea of what I was talking about and I wasn’t that sure myself…

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Getting a Feel for Life

I have been skiing since the age of three. While I only ever dabbled in competitive racing for a couple of years as a young teenager, skiing is something I’ve got a feel for – that is, I can do it to a pretty high standard without really having to think about it very much. Similarly, when I teach, I have a feel for audiences. I can somehow intuitively sense…

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A Guide to Reality

I’ve always been fascinated by what human beings are capable of and why so few of us live up to that capability on a regular basis. In my TEDx talk, Why Aren’t We Awesomer?, I address that question by pointing out that the mind works more like…

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Slow Down to Get More Done

A number of years ago, I had child psychologist and author Alfie Kohn as a guest on my radio show. At one point, I asked him if he had any tips on how to be a more caring and effective parent when you were in a hurry. His answer, tongue only slightly in cheek, was: ‘Don’t be in a hurry.’…

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The Inside-Out Path to a Better Life

This weekend, I was doing a coaching intensive with a client who seemed to view life as a series of either/or choices to be navigated. “I need to decide,” he said multiple times, “whether to do this (job, career, life choice A) or that (job, career, life choice B)….

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Mr. Magoo’s Guide to Success

A few year’s ago, my son Oliver and I had the chance to go to dinner with an incredibly successful entrepreneur who had recently sold his company to a competitor for hundreds of millions of dollars. When my son asked him to share the secret of his success,...

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Seeing Truth

The other day, a longtime colleague, friend, and student posted a question on my Facebook page: Hi Michael, The more I engage with material other than the 3 Principles the more I see the truth of the fact that the Truth is everywhere…

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Just Listen

There’s an old joke about a therapist who operated on the theory that all problems could be traced to dreaming about
fish. A patient came to him complaining about his lackluster sexual relations with his wife.

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Money, Insecurity, and a Superstitious Pigeon

The other day, I was sitting in the garden outside the home of a very wealthy client, enjoying a few minutes of quiet while they finished up with another meeting. When they came to join me, we sat together for a bit before heading up to the patio for a light lunch and surprisingly heavy conversation about money…..

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Adulting

It’s Sunday morning. The World Cup final is recording so I can watch it on tape delay if I manage to avoid my phone, the internet, and everyone I know wanting to share their joy, grief, outrage, or apathy at the still pending result. And when I’m done writing, I’ll be taking our cat Roscoe to the vet to say goodbye….

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How to Be Original

It probably won’t surprise regular readers of these blogs to know that from time to time, I get on a metaphorical high horse and go off on a rant about one thing or another. The fact that the horse always turns out to be made of papier-mâché, breaking apart under the pressure of trying to support…

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What Happens After the Lights Come on?

For many years, I’ve been a student of spiritual literature. Some of my favorite writings are from or about people who have had what can be described as “spiritual awakenings”, where the metaphorical light of consciousness came fully on and they discovered there was no-one there. While the awakening experiences themselves are often fascinating, I’m equally fascinated by how life changes after.

For some, nothing much seems to change, although everything may well be different:

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What It Takes to Change the World

Back in 2016, I published a blogpost called Love and Creative Disruption where I did my best to describe the two forces that in my decades of experience in the field of transformation make great coaching (and by proxy great leadership) great….

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The Hedgehog of Wisdom

There is a line from the Greek poet Archilochus, which is generally translated as:
The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.
While foxes might be cunning and able to devise hundreds of strategies for catching unsuspecting hedgehogs off guard and eating them for dinner, the hedgehog has only one defensive strategy

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Picasso and the Nature of Reality

In Creating the Impossible, I share one of my favorite stories about the painter Pablo Picasso, who was reportedly traveling on a train with a wealthy businessman who criticized his art as being ‘unrealistic’. When Picasso asked him to explain…

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Fearless Intention

Years ago, I was on a book tour in the north of England and one of the venues I was speaking at was a 17th century church. While neither my book nor talk were particularly religious in nature…

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One Problem, One Solution

Today’s blog is excerpted from The Space Within. When I was 32 years old, I discovered the secret to life. I dropped into a space inside myself that was so deep and beautiful and clear that everything seemed possible..

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