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  • The Nut

    I recently came across this quote: "The greatest oak was once a little nut, that held its ground." Anon. It really helped me to remember and appreciate that life isn't easy and that there will be...

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  • Ivan Illich

    What if you have got all your life wrong? I was reminded the other day of what someone had shared with me in relation to a book that they had read – "The Death Of Ivan Illich", by Tolstoy. Appar...

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  • Better Questions for These Challenging Times

    Recognising that our thinking creates our reality, when challenging times are evident, we need to do all we can to manage our thinking and create the best experience that we can for ourselves. Wit...

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  • Bring on adversity!

    "Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant." Horace These are tough times and understandably people are feeling fearful and worried...

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  • Better Questions for a Better You

    As human beings we often get stuck in patterns of thinking because of our daily routines and habits. Some research suggests that we typically we have 95% of the same thoughts again tomorrow as what we...

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  • Better Leaders: When "I Dont Know" Doesnt Mean "I Dont Know"!

    I was talking with a manager recently who expressed how powerful using Better Questions had been in shifting his team to start taking more responsibility. In the past he had inadvertently been the mai...

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  • Better Questions - Time

    It is interesting for me that without exception when I explain the concept of asking Better Questions one of the most common objections to using the approach is that it will take too much time. I do a...

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  • Better Questions - A Better Way to Support Your Clients

    This week I was chatting to a friend of mine who is receiving visits from a District Nursing service to help them to manage a current health challenge. My friend is generally extremely complimentary o...

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  • The Power of Questions

    I was invited to present at a conference for the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) very recently and chose to talk about The Power of Questions. So this week I thought I would remind you of some...

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  • Practice Makes Perfect Questioners!

    In our training programs I will usually end up the session by advising participants of the three P model. As I start to talk about this, people usually grab their pens ready to write down what the mod...

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  • Achieve Better Questions Through Effective Listening

    I often have people say to me that no one in their lives listens to them like I listen to them. Whilst I could potentially feel good about this, it usually makes me feel sad because it highlights to m...

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  • Better Questions are the Best Way to 'HELP' Your Clients

    I have been privileged recently to work with a number of Maternal & Child Health nurses who are being encouraged by new philosophical guidelines to work more collaboratively with clients rather th...

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