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Angus Lyon

About Angus Lyon

I am a therapist who also writes. I currently work as a single-session therapist. By training I am a psychodynamic and solution-focused counsellor and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy... Read more

THINKING HATS  

Over the last 30 years or so diverse groups from global corporations to children in primary schools have used a method devised by Edward de Bono for using complementary skills and abilities in decision-making. He contended that decision making by argument is inefficient, ineffective and extremely slow. And it was never designed to be constructive. This is of course the antithesis of an adversarial approach which comes as first nature

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THINKING HATS  2021-01-07T13:50:43+00:00

PRESS PAUSE: 5 MINUTE TA

Here's another five step sequence to think about the underlying dynamics in the relationship from both persons’ perspectives. This is informed by Berne's Transactional Analysis (TA) parent-adult-child model.    1 Breathe.    2 Parent. Is one or other person taking a dominant or dictatorial role in the conversation? Are they being directive? Is this appropriate? (Clue: in most adult relationships adults are expected to act like grown-ups and to treat

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PRESS PAUSE: 5 MINUTE TA2021-01-07T12:23:47+00:00

PRESS PAUSE: MINDREADING  

So, let's say you're talking with someone and you want to know more clearly what might be on their mind or what they might be feeling. Try this five step sequence, using your fingers if you like, to help you to be curious about what might be going on for them:   1 Breathe Firstly, simply be aware of your breathing. This will help focus.   2 Face Next, what

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PRESS PAUSE: MINDREADING  2021-01-07T12:22:46+00:00

DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE

  George Bernard Shaw observed, “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it”.  Dealing with difficult people can be like wrestling with pigs. But we don't have to wrestle; we can listen and talk instead. We can choose not to go in the sty.    Clients and opponents, and sometimes fellow workers, can demand our time, attention, and compliance.

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DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE2021-01-07T12:38:47+00:00

PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID – BREAKING THE ICE  

In the event of decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the band behind your head, and breathe normally. Although the bag does not inflate, oxygen is flowing to the mask. If you are travelling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask

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PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID – BREAKING THE ICE  2021-01-07T12:21:26+00:00

KANBANNING  

The idea of kanban was developed in the late 1940s by car manufacturers Toyota. Line workers displayed coloured cards to notify their colleagues down the production line that they needed parts for assembly work. ‘Kanban’ is a Japanese word for a ‘card’ or a ‘visual signal’. A kanban system is visual and underlies communication within teams so that departments can quickly identify the work that needs to be done and

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KANBANNING  2021-01-07T12:18:00+00:00
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