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About John Varney

John Varney is coach, consultant and facilitator to senior managers and management teams. In 1990 he founded of Centre for Management Creativity and runs High Trenhouse management centre in the Yorkshire Dales. His work embraces inter-company collaboration, strategy innovation, teamwork, authentic leadership, thinking methodology and creativity, through team and personal coaching. It involves developing attitudes, beliefs and ideas, changing relationships and behaviours in order to define and achieve organisational goals.

Through a glass darkly

We all have the challenge of matching what we know (in our heads) with the reality of the world (outside our heads).  We begin to tackle this task as soon as we are born and it should never stop. We get to an approximation that is generally borne out by colleagues and media. Unfortunately gaps can open up and we can struggle to maintain our touch. For instance, a senior police officer was surprised to realise that the attitude of the commissioner showed up in the behaviour of front line officers. Similarly, managers often struggle to see that the quality of their thinking is reflected in the quality of their organisation’s service delivery.

Article by 8 November 2018

Make work a medium for learning

People not involved in teaching, facilitation and HR may be forgiven if they lose sight of the difference between learning and “learning about”. Given the buzz of modern media, people learn about many things without ever experiencing them deeply. It is easy to know more and more about less and less until we might expect to know everything about nothing. All buzz and no substance.

Article by 11 June 2018

Binary Vision – Bringing a different perspective

I like to read two books concurrently.  I choose two unrelated books and find myself discovering connections – or rather the contrasting contents stimulate new ideas. So in a sense I get the content of each book and a third content which my mind discovers or produces from the relationships and dissonance between the two narratives.

Article by 18 April 2018