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My Philosophy of Development

What is My Philosophy of Development?

This question has certainly got me thinking, and thanks to one of my colleagues at Dove Nest for asking it in a recent team meeting; I am finding it one of the most thought provoking questions I have been asked in a long while. Naturally I am going to be attracted to any question that has the word “philosophy” in it but I am finding that the most intriguing part is the word “my”! OK – here goes. Read more »

Why Transactional Analysis Ignores Spirituality


According to Bateman, Brown & Pedder (Bateman, et al., 2000) psychotherapy is about helping those in trouble understand and resolve their predicaments.  The UKCP (UKCP, 2013) agrees in that that the aim is to help clients gain insight into their difficulties or distress, to gain a greater understanding of their motivation, and to enable them to find more appropriate ways of coping or of bringing about changes in their thinking or behaviour.  Both of these broad definitions, I believe, correlate with the understanding of the general public, the people who make up our client base; for the vast majority of them surely seek a “therapist” if they have a psychological difficulty which they want eased, or cured; without direct reference, or indeed understanding of the particular school, methodology or therapeutic philosophy the therapist was trained in, or indeed believes in.  For them, what is probably more important is the “fit”, the relationship, trust and rapport that is there within the relationship.  This, however, raises questions within my mind as to whether all therapists are trained to deal with whatever is placed before them?  Certainly, some therapists, irrespective of the initial training, decide to specialise, some will concentrate on particular age groups, such as children or adolescents, others may concentrate on specific psychological problems, such as PTSD, or bereavement and will seek to become expert within their particular field; whilst, probably the vast majority, of therapists see themselves acting as “general practitioners” and be willing to work with whatever the client brings.  However, for me, this brings into question some of the training approaches taken (within the UK at least) and TA in particular, as this is the one of which I have direct experience.  Does the curriculum truly enable the therapist to develop to be able to work with the “whole person” as urged by John Rowan (1993, p. 122)?
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Pedagogy, Andragogy & the Post-Recession Leader


Question … has the executive education giant that appears to have been sleeping for the past twenty years or so finally awakened?  A recent article in the house magazine of the Institute of Directors (Director, March 2014) appears to think that, at least some of these somnambulant institutions appear to be rousing from their slumbers. Apparently the surprising thing is that soft skills are equally as important to business leaders in the 21st Century as technical ability! Here “softer skills” are defined as including engagement, values and ethics, sustainability and a more inclusive approach to business and the IoD wonders whether providers of business education and leadership development programmes can deliver this new approach. It does seem, according to the article, that at least a few of the UK’s business schools have set their alarms earlier than others and are even including “Personal Development Plans” within their courses to encourage participants to identify the softer skills that will enable them to achieve personal goals. What I, as someone who has been involved in leadership development for some 20 years and who is working for  an organisation that has been delivering Leadership Development and related behavioural change for over thirty years, am most amazed at here is the amount of surprise that is contained within the article.
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