The stunning Effect of Liberating Structures

Givens as Prerequisite for Maximum Freedom, Maximum Choice When I did my Genuine Contact™ certification training in 2003 I learned from Birgitt Williams about what she referred to as “givens”. The “non-negotiables” for

What’s your worldview – sink or swim?

Years ago I moved to the Netherlands to work in a Dutch professional University. I was surprised that many students had real difficulty with even the basics of writing academic papers. In talking

The magic of clarifying questions

Recently an invitation to a workshop for a spring retreat came into my in-mail. I thought ‘wow’ great! I did not have the intention to participate but I noticed the effort, pictured a nice group of people in my head and was

Leading with High Impact

When I met people in leadership positions in a Norwegian community, they all wanted to use more time leading and less time managing. They instantly saw the difference between leadership and management, which

How Much Structure Do You Need to Feel Free?

In 2009 I was at a Summer Leadership Intensive from the Genuine Contact™ Program. The facilitator, Birgitt Williams, invited the group to reflect on this question:  “How much structure do you (personally) need

Guide for a good meeting

At the beginning of April I was facilitating a meeting in Bangladesh. It was a kick-off meeting for a large EU funded project, set up to increase resource efficiency in the metal industry. The Project will take place in three Asian countries, people from