constructivist ideas in practice

a library of conversations with friends and colleagues who are working with personal construct psychology in non-clinical settings

sally robbins – 'recognising your strengths'

sally robbins"It felt like a kind of archeology - brushing away at the sand, remembering things done and achieved in the past. At times, you could see people sit up straighter, have a different tone in their voice: ’yes, I did that!’. We were finding things that remained - they were not lost, just not much used"


shenaz kelly rawat – executive coaching using pcp

shenaz kelly rawat "The loosening stage is often difficult – ambiguity and complexity are hard to face. There is huge fear about letting go – organisational culture is often a culture of control and so delegation is often resisted. Coaching conversations can help by providing a place for loosening, for propositionality, for asking ‘what if’ and trying on ideas"


alex swarbrick – a pcp approach to 'resistance' to change

alex swarbrick "Change is built into PCP. Kelly wrote: “all of our present interpretations of the universe are subject to revision or replacement”. The theory implies that organisations, like the rest of the universe, are continually in process. Neither organisations nor the people employed by them are static and inert objects waiting for some external force to nudge them into action"


john fisher – training in organisations using pcp

john fisher "People respond because they really want to make sense of what goes on in their teams and with colleagues, and to understand themselves better. The groups are generally full of comments like ‘now I see what he’s been talking about’ and ‘right, that’s why he’s thinking like that!’ There’s a lot of curiosity and interest in the people side that isn’t explored anywhere else"


helen jones – a life in pcp practice

helen jones "The principles of Warmth and Light, Support and Challenge underpinned these work groups and working with a climate of questioning rather than debating. I think this is where the commonality grew – through recognising and accepting difference rather than expecting similarity"


dorota bourne – pcp coaching and research

dorota bourne "In my research I realised how many answers and insights the opposite pole can offer, especially at the core level. PCP is a framework which enables us to really focus and to appreciate other people’s construing, and as a result it leads us to more understanding and less judgmental forms of communication"


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