Stuff we think about

We have been doing this for a while, went to school, studied at university, read a book or two, listened to friends, colleagues, students, comedians, journalists, writers, thinkers, … The whole time, we tried to make sense of … well … everything. Everything we love, everything that came our way, everything we endured, … At times things felt obvious — to us; at other times we were puzzled. The world looked better when it made more sense — to us. When working and living with other people, we shared with them what made sense to us. Sometimes it made sense to them and we were able to offer a different perspective, a new insight, a rewarding puzzle. Maybe we helped a little.

The stuff we think about, try to make sense of, sometimes grapple with for a long time is quite a mixed bag: how do we learn? how can we communicate effectively? why is it so difficult for some teams to work together? what makes it easier for some and not others to rise to a challenge? what do our place of birth, our upbringing, or our genes have to do with anything? is it fate or free will or both that determine the next step as much as the distant future? We believe that all of these questions and many more, all of our thinking have one important aspect in common. Change.

What can we change? And how? How should we change ourselves? Can we? Can we change this world, perhaps for the better? And should we?

We have been thinking about change in all its facets. We believe the first step is to gain a better, fuller, deeper understanding of the processes of change, of its conditions and — changing — variables, and of its nonlinear trajectories. Sounds theoretical. It often is. It is also emotional and spiritual.

In our blog posts, we will put in writing some of our thinking. The hope is that a coherent structure of thought — theoretically well founded, empirically validated, practically relevant, and spiritually balanced — will emerge over time. We have outlined the topics, concepts, and tools in our tag set.

Some of the blog posts are meta-communicative; we are talking about what we are talking about; we are talking about he blog and about Panta Rhei. We will call this section On Panta Rhei and a structured table of contents is emerging.

Chris is systematically developing BASE: A Model for Improving Any Practice (but especially for leaders!). Since BASE stands for Boundaries–Accountability–Support–Expectations, that will be the name of the section and its table of contents.

In his posts, Mat talks about the Complexity of Change. And again a table of contents lists these in a logical sequence, because blogs don’t do that.

Since not everything that Mat itches to write about fits neatly in the rubric of complexity – everything fits under change in some way, he believes – there is another series of blog posts: Just words. It is literally that; one word at a time. So, there is a growing list, sorted alphabetically.

We are hoping with these additional pages to provide our readers with a different—almost book-like—perspective on our writing. Of course, you can always also scour the blog.

Last updated 29 August 2020