I work in two worlds.
The intensely private world of sitting down with someone, attending to what they need and then finding our way to what's true.
And the intensely exposing world of writing and performing: tuning into and articulating what's universal in such a way that everyone can recognise themselves in it.
I very rarely write about the private world (for obvious reasons), but one happy exception is this short story I co-wrote with a colleague after a particularly touching conversation about money. If you'd like to get clear on your relationship with money, or your purpose in life, or your approach to everyday working life, get in touch and we can sit down, have a chat and find our way to what's true.
What isn't private I try to share as widely and freely as possible. I write regularly about how to be clear. Follow me on Medium if you would like to know when I publish something new. Otherwise, join the Clearing The Way Facebook group to get occasional updates on workshops and news and videos and those kinds of things.
About ten years ago I started developing a systematic approach to clarifying ideas. Through hundreds of sessions with founders, artists, writers and other people engaged in creative work, I've arrived at a process that can reliably take any idea from not-very-clear to very clear. It's called Very Clear Ideas and you can book a session and I'll take you through it. Or you can buy a pack of Very Clear Ideas cards and have a go yourself.
Growing out of a ten-year collaboration with my friend Peter Koenig, I've also developed a new method for mapping how people work together. This process - Initiative Mapping - drops the artificial rationality of organisational charts and focuses instead on who is helping who with what and why. More recently, I've also started offering Identity Yoga sessions. These started out as personal sessions looking at people's relationship with money (based on Peter's work with the same), but have now evolved into an ongoing practice that you can learn and use to ensure creative flow.
Collectively, these three parts - Very Clear Ideas, Initiative Mapping and Identity Yoga - are intended to be a comprehensive toolbox for bringing clarity and creativity to everything you do. My wish is to teach them to everybody. So if you work at a business school / college / training centre and have some students you think would benefit from getting clearer, get in touch. (I've been teaching versions of this material in business schools around Europe since 2005.)
Last year, I published my first book - a new version of Lao Tsu's Tao Te Ching. It's called I thought I was on the way to work, but I was on the way home. I don't think I've ever learned more about work (or life) from any other book than the Tao Te Ching. It's simple, it's funny and - still after centuries - it's intensely relevant and intensely challenging. My version isn't academically robust at all, but I can read it in the morning and it puts me in the right frame of mind for the day. You can get a copy on Amazon.
I occasionally speak at conferences, I sometimes perform as a poet and I once spent two years working as a stand-up comic in the Arctic. I also wrote these lyrics for multi-platinum selling pop band, Tatu - but that's a whole other story.
Here's a little interview I did when I spoke at the Happy Startup Summercamp:
And here's a video from six years ago when I attempted to sum up everything I've ever learned about money and then perform it as a ten-minute stand-up set to a room full of people at Amsterdam's Toomler comedy club:
If you'd like me to speak / perform / run a session at an event you're organising, get in touch. Because I really love performing.
But, for now, my focus is on working with people who are undertaking ambitious projects or have the responsibility to lead large groups of people - whether that's in business, the arts, education or public service. If you're doing that work and you would like to be able to call on someone when you need to be clearer about anything, then I'm most likely interested in being that person. (Get in touch...)
OK. Last thing. If you have half an hour to spare, I recently published a longer piece called Dharma means the truth about love. It's an attempt to capture (for myself) the most useful things I've learned through studying and practising meditation, mindfulness and dharma over the last ten years. Get a cup of tea, turn the radio off and have a read.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Photo by Remco Boerma.