I enjoyed a graphic facilitation of cross-cultural communication, particularly a session on AIKIDO last weekend. AIKIDO provides so much insights about being persuasive and non-confrontational in cultures like Philippines and Japan. Thanks @spiceworx_mnl

5 phrases to validate and complement

Here are some useful phrases that I learned from Solution Focused Coaching. The key take away for me is that compliment must be evidence-based. If it is not, it becomes “flirting“. While direct compliments are powerful, indirect compliments such as “wow, how did you do that?” are even more effective because it gives the other person to discoverContinue reading “5 phrases to validate and complement”

Co-creative dialogue

There are two ways of learning: learning from the past and learning from the future. The first one is common for strategy, planning, fixing problems, capturing and managing knowledge. This works if you already know what you want and where to find it. However, in fast changing societies the future is increasingly unpredictable and noContinue reading “Co-creative dialogue”

Problem talk vs. solution talk

Here is my key learning of 2015: the differences between “problem talk vs. solution talk” and “how we learn not only from our past, but also from our future”. Problem talk vs. solution talk comes from the Solution-focused (SF) approach initaited by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg. Learning from the emerging future is a principleContinue reading “Problem talk vs. solution talk”