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We like to go beyond the obvious to bring our clients new, different ways of thinking. We also practice what we preach when it comes to development. So we invest heavily in keeping ourselves at our ‘learning edge’, gathering ideas and experiences from a variety of interesting places and sharing our thinking with others – including you…
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Does your coaching client need an Upgrade?

Our piece in International Coaching News
Most coaches find their clients are facing increasing amounts of change, complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity. What if there was a simple but highly effective way to help us all – clients and coach …
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Podcast: a Game of Teams, featuring our Systems Wheel

A tool for understanding and working with complex systems
Host Tara Nolan invited Richard to share our Systems Wheel approach, featured in Routledge’s Practitioner’s Handbook of Team Coaching. The wheel is designed to help coaches and savvy leaders bette …
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Opposable Thinking in an Opposable World

Our piece in Coaching Perspectives
In a world that’s ever-more polarised, Karen Ellis and Richard Boston encourage us to develop our capacity for opposable thinking to better navigate the tensions of a complex world. …
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Upgrade: building your capacity for complexity

By Richard Boston and Karen Ellis
What if the ways you think about yourself, the world and everyone in it were the human equivalent of your own internal ‘operating system’? What if you could upgrade that operating system, evolving …
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Are you ‘reasoning’​ as well as you need to be?

What does it REALLY look like to ‘level up’ your ability to deal with complex problems?
When we get stuck, stressed, make mistakes or plateau in our careers, it’s often because the challenges we’re facing outstrip our current approach to interpreting data and making rational decision …
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Polarisation, post-covid

3 ‘recovery’​ conflicts that threaten to drive us apart
There’s a lot we can learn about polarisation from the events of 2020. On one hand, we saw unprecedented attempts to pull together. On the other, we saw a fair amount of polarisation and pulling apa …
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The ARC of Coaching

Our piece in International Coaching News
What if three seemingly-simple words could open new doors in your coaching – not just for your clients, but for you as a coach? In this follow-up to his book, ARC Leadership, Richard helps fellow co …
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What does it mean to belong?

Lessons for life and parenting, not just leading and work
A month into a new school year, when many kids were finding it hard to work out where they belong, Richard looked at the role of ‘belonging’ in leadership, teams and life in general. How important …
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