Archive for the ‘Being Present’ Category


Events coming toward us

Posted by  GeoffBrown —February 15, 2021
Filed in Being Present, Just observations

Ash Barty is one of Australia’s most unheralded sporting champions. She is the current world #1 in women’s tennis and played played top professional cricket during a break from tennis a few years ago. Her cricket coach said this about Barty’s abilities … “Her skill from the first time she picked up a bat was outstanding from a coach’s perspective… She never missed a ball in her first session… That’s what attracted me as a coach to her as a player, her ability to pick up things really quickly.” Andy Richards (Coach Brisbane Heat 20-20 Cricket Team) Last night, Ash won …

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Tripped up … again!

Posted by  GeoffBrown —September 28, 2015
Filed in Being Present, Facilitation

Of late, I’ve been getting tripped by the language I use. Feedback from clients and workshop participants has forced me to bring some discipline to my thinking and pay attention to what and how I’m communicating. It’s all to easy to fly along on auto-pilot and I’ve been neglecting those I am supposed to helping. I’ve always loved Lee Lefever’s Commoncraft video explainers, so, when a random reference to his latest book popped onto my screen I clicked the buy button. The Art of Explanation arrived late last week. Hopefully Lee’s wisdom can help me live into the tagline of …

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On Noticing …

Posted by  GeoffBrown —November 20, 2014
Filed in Being Present, Just observations

The more I work with groups, talk with clients, spend time with family, or spend time alone with my own thoughts … the more I realise that our capacity to perceive, listen and notice more is the greatest gift we have. Noticing more is a thing of mastery. You can never perfect it and you can always, always get better at it. When I turn my ‘noticing’ inwards on breath and letting go of thoughts … problems diminish and clarity comes. When I turn my noticing to the outside world and to other people … I am struck by the …

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On being part of the problem …

Posted by  GeoffBrown —January 28, 2014
Filed in Being Present, Facilitation, Just observations

Co-conspirator of mine, Chris Corrigan, has shared a post he titled – Dealing with your slaves and seeing the world. This piece is a timely reminder about how we perceive the world around us. For me, it’s a little challenge to my own perspective … and to the stories I make in my mind about any problem that I am tackling. I’ll only focus in on 1 angle of Chris’ post here. This quote from Adam Kahane is at the core of his post … “Bill Torbert of Boston College once said to me that the 1960s slogan “If you’re …

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Viewpoint shift

Posted by  GeoffBrown —January 14, 2014
Filed in Being Present, Facilitation

The line that separates my work and play isn’t really a line at all. Experiences with family and friends teach me as much about myself as time in front of a group. Each serves the other and they are connected. So, the notion of a work-life balance doesn’t make sense to me anymore – I am seeing this term through new eyes … with a new perspective. In 2014, I’ll be keeping this Pattern Card (from the Group Works set of cards) at the top of the deck. It serves as a personal reminder to step into the shoes of others and …

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