Headology Demystified

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Book review, Coaching, Conference | One Comment

What Agile Coaches Can Learn From Discworld Witches Last week at Agile2013, I did a lightning talk in the people track. I talked about my learnings and insights from reading Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, specifically those about Tiffany, a young girl learning to become a witch. Apart from these books being some of the best […]

Special Offer: Temenos Coaching at Agile2013

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Coaching, Temenos | No Comments

Do you have a specific situation you’re struggling with? A context in your life that doesn’t fulfill your vision? Michael Sahota and Olaf Lewitz offer Temenos Coaching at Agile2013. It’s free to try, you pay by value. To reserve your time slot of one hour, talk to us or tweet us @MichaelSahota or @OlafLewitz. To […]

Temenos Academy: Interview

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Coaching, Temenos, Transformation | No Comments

I had the pleasure to participate in the first Temenos Academy in May. It was a 10 day intense immersion into the lab, its design and facilitation. We got and gave a lot of valuable feedback and learned together. I’m proud to have been part of it and especially glad that Christine Neidhardt joined me. […]

May 8: Pride, Fear and Trust

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Coaching, Diary, Magnificence | 4 Comments

I read a lot of Terry Pratchett. I learned a lot about people, and coaching, from Discworld’s Witches. (I submitted a lightning talk on that to Agile2013, you may vote for it here) Recently I stumbled upon this: The Weapons of a Witch [amazon asin=”0552555592″ template=”simpleimage”] And what are my weapons? she thought. And the answer […]

Temenos: Containers for Growing Relationships

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Coaching, Temenos, Transformation | No Comments

(Joint post with Michael Sahota) “If we’re serious about exploring the world around us, we have to explore the world within us.” Ken Robinson The Temenos container provides a powerful mental model for understanding and improving relationships with others. Often we do not consider the larger context of the situations we are in. When we […]

Influence Maps for Authentic Connections

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Coaching, Temenos, Transformation | No Comments

(joint post with Michael Sahota) In the course of our lives, we all encounter events that shape us, allow us to change and grow, that have made us who we are. We don’t tend to acknowledge or appreciate these events, and we rarely share them. Understanding our own path, reflecting how we became who we […]

Temenos Videos

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Coaching, Temenos, Transformation | No Comments

Siraj Sirajuddin, who has developed the Temenos format over many years, has created six videos to introduce you to the main aspects of his creation. I collected them here for easy access. 1. Introduction to Temenos – Archetypes, Dynamics and Forces of the Transformation Container 2. The Vision Container 3. The Archetypal Container 4. The Dynamics […]


Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in Coaching, Temenos, Transformation | 3 Comments

(Joint post with Michael Sahota) What is Temenos? Temenos is a Greek word for a transformational container, such as a cut off piece of land dedicated to a king or god. It is a contained space of spiritual importance. Temenos is also the name of a special kind of experiential laboratory (usually delivered as a […]

20 or 12 Discoveries

2012 was a year of awesome growth and learning for me, some deliberate, some serendipitous. It turned out to be, again, the most intensive and insightful year of my life. I guess that’s a side effect of personal growth and living intensively: more vulnerability, increased presence, more community, more awareness, more (apparent) real options. To […]

Transformation Stance

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in Coaching, Transformation | One Comment
Transformation Stance

One of my take-aways from last week’s CultureCon2012 in Philadelphia was deepened understanding in the stance needed for influencers in a transformation. This post will give you a summary—depending on feedback and energy I’ll go deeper in later posts.