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Patricia Parish, certified CCS Practitioner with her Moving toward my True North CCS activity

Finding Your Direction In An Uncertain World

By Leonie Cutts

Helping people to see things a little differently is something that Career Education Consultant, Art Therapist, and Certified CCS Practitioner, Patricia Parish is familiar with. At a recent career conference, Patricia shared her thoughts on managing these turbulent times, along with a unique CCS Cards process she has created for identifying your own True North.

Using the CCS Cards VFE in a session with Baxter

Face to face – But wait, someone’s Zooming in!

By Leonie Cutts

As facilitators we are used to things changing and having to adapt in the moment. As CCS users, being able to mix real and virtual CCS Cards in your sessions, is just another way to help you feel relaxed and assured that you can handle anything!

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Refreshing Strategy

By Leonie Cutts

What conversations are you planning to have with your team to realign for our new normal? We spoke with Jessica Rivera, Senior HR specialist at Patties Foods, about how she engaged the whole team in conversations to help refresh business strategy and create a Culture Action Plan.

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Unlocking Self-belief

By Leonie Cutts

I heard my new client before I saw her. I was walking up the stairs to her office and she was on the phone to her team. Our meeting ended with her saying, “I feel like I’ve been given a hug”. Find out how CCS Cards were used in a professional career coaching session to help unlock self-belief.

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Keep The Lessons Learnt

By Leonie Cutts

Last year gave us lessons in spades. As we now embark on the new year, it’s prime time to reflect on the lessons and decide what is important to take into 2021 and perhaps beyond. What did you learn from 2020? And how will you make sure you use the lessons to thrive in 2021?

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10 Ways to Think More Effectively

By Leonie Cutts

In a world that seems intent on throwing shiny things and loud distractions in our path, it is critical that we pay attention to how we think, and how we impact others’ thinking. Let’s take a look at ways to think more effectively — with and without CCS Cards.

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Not Creative? Here’s 4 Things To Get You Started.

By Leonie Cutts

Creative thinking is one of the first steps in innovation and something that many organisations are prioritising. So, is it possible to turn creative thinking on when we need it? Bill Jarrard says yes, and gives the four key ingredients.

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The Missing Piece from the Leadership Conversation

By Leonie Cutts

What does leadership mean to you?
The definition you hold of leadership is important because it will inform how you see yourself as a leader, how you lead and how you help others to do the same.

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3 keys to having tough conversations

By Leonie Cutts

Some conversations are tough, but not having them might be even tougher. Living with the discomfort caused by assumptions or worrying about negative outcomes, can churn up a lot of energy and waste a lot of time. How can CCS image cards make having tough conversations easier?

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The Right Formula for Successful Collaboration

By Leonie Cutts

My partner, Craig and I have lived and worked together for over 25 years. If you were to test us on any personality, learning styles or team profile, you would see that we usually come out in diagonally opposite quadrants. This can cause a lot of tension, heated debate but ultimately, hopefully, a great outcome.

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Resolving Couple Conflict – alone

By Elena Piani

What happens when a wife makes a life-changing decision that will affect the whole family, without consulting her husband? In this special guest blog, Elena Piani shares her experience of using CCS Cards to help a friend open up and work through this situation …

Calamity and connection

Calamity, connection, growth
[And a free board game!]

By Leonie Cutts

Like many Australians, we spent the summer glued to our ‘Fires Near Me’ app — checking it 24/7 to see if we would make it through the heat with our house still standing. Now here we are, self-isolating and social distancing — terms that now roll off our tongue like we have been saying them our whole lives …

Introducing Deliberate Creative Thinking with CCS Cards

Introducing Deliberate Creative Thinking
with CCS Cards

By Bill Jarrard

Guest Blog by Bill Jarrard, co-founder Mindwerx International I have been using CCS cards since Craig and Leonie first introduced them, in all sorts of…

Healing Hearts

By Leonie Cutts

What do you do when you gather for a fun night with girlfriends and the high energy, effervescent, joy giver of the group, confesses she is not in a good place?

I am afraid of singing

I am afraid to sing in front of a group

By Craig Browne

What I am about to tell you I don’t normally share with people. Partly because I am embarrassed by it, and partly because I don’t really like talking about myself in this way. But, I recently had a significant breakthrough with something and I really want to talk about it…

Students from the emPOWERment project use CCS Cards

Empowering young people — with a little help from CCS Cards

By Craig Browne

I found Bethany, a quiet, slight sixth grade girl, waiting for me outside the classroom after the very first emPOWERment project class. She said, “You…

What Freddy Mercury learnt about collaboration

LeadingQueen: What Freddy learnt about collaboration

By Leonie Cutts

Have you seen the movie Bohemian Rhapsody? If you haven’t, you must — I believe it will touch your heart and soul and remind you…


Permission to connect

By Leonie Cutts

Maslow placed connection about 3 rungs above basic needs in the hierarchy of needs. We now know that connection is a basic need. It belongs…

Bad neighbours and world peace

Bad neighbours and world peace

By Leonie Cutts

I opened my mailbox to find a hand delivered printed letter. (Real mail in a mail box — what a concept!). It began with “Dear…

Unpacked: CCS User Manual for expert use of image cards


By Leonie Cutts

Our attention spans have dropped at least 4 seconds, Netflix is a household name in Australia, and the iPhone has had at least 6 versions.…

Three Simple Steps to immediately experience the Happiness Advantage

By Leonie Cutts

‘The happiness advantage – because positive brains have a biological advantage over brains that are neutral or negative, this principle teaches us how to retrain…

The CCS Ideal Team and GROW

By Glen McKernan

Guest Blog by Glen McKernan, Director GM Growth Consulting I recently facilitated a session with a senior leadership team using the CCS Ideal Team process…

Creating Learning Environments To Inspire Innovative Thinking

By Janet Sernack

Guest Blog by Janet Sernack, Founder and CEO of ImagineNation As a seasoned corporate educator and coach, three factors currently stand out to me that…

Visual techniques that deepen coaching conversations: using the new CCS cards with ICF in the US

By Ellen Moran

Guest blog by Ellen Moran PhD For the past few years my passion has been to find ways to help teams collaborate for innovation in…