Untangle and grow

A blog by Alison Maxwell

Friday, 4 October 2013


The T'GROW model is a classic framework for coaching conversations particularly those with problem-solving flavour.  Here's an unusual presentation of the model using Prezi, an innovative alternative to Powerpoint. Enjoy!

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Passion and Patience

I spent a very restful week last week, walking in the sunshine of the Amalfi coast, staying with an Italian farming family. Like many Italian farmers, Pasquale, the head of the household, is finding the going tough at the moment. However he's a man with a quiet passion ... making his own wine from his own grapes. He only makes a 1000 bottles a year ... not enough to be commercially viable... but definitely enough to treat family, friends, and the odd visitor, as well as keeping his dreams of becoming a niche producer alive.

Whilst his passion for his vines is obvious, this is also a patient man who is prepared to wait. Fine wine can't be made overnight, and it will be years, if not decades, before he sees the end product of his labours.

Pasquale got me thinking about 'passion and patience' in the context of leadership. Sadly, I meet too many without either quality, who neither stir the heart nor stay the course. The patient but passionless leader resigns themselves to a life time of work they feel nothing for, while the passionate impatient goes off like a firework, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake often as not. 

So let's hear it for the passionate patient leaders, those willing to stay the long course to deliver the things they really care about. As they say 'good things come to he (or she) who waits.'