What clients have said

Nothing has made as much sense, in the past years, as this has.

 - Coaching client, October 2013


The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change.

 - R.D. Laing

The 16 Guidelines for Life

Can ethics be more about compassion than compliance? Can we live a relationship between virtue, wellbeing and productivity? Can we articulate a non-sectarian, robust framework of ethics to guide our behaviour and development?

The 16 Guidelines for Life are a set of straightforward, practical tools for engaging compassionately and constructively with everyday situations, cultivating our innate qualities of care, insight and leadership. They offer a presentation of universal wisdom grounded in rigorous and scientific philosophical thinking and they are taught with mindfulness as a foundational skill.

Why Does This Matter?

Virtue sounds like a drag because we have lost sight of its original meaning. Instead of denoting a wise way of acting that brings about the genuine flourishing of oneself and others, it now connotes unrealistic ideals, religiosity, or a stick to beat ourselves up with.

No wonder we want nothing to do with it. Organisational ethics and governance frameworks are seen as necessary evils rather than practical avenues for flourishing. More concerned with accountability than proactive ethical practice, organisations tend to follow the letter of the law more closely than its spirit. In a system of basic mistrust, motivation suffers and productivity follows.

It does not have to be that way. Virtue is a way to actualise our own best interests, not a moralistic ball and chain. As organisations and people, we can connect with our heartfelt motivation and distil a practical way of acting by referencing that. When we harness that power, we can bring about the systemic flourishing we are looking for.

16 Guidelines Workshops

16 Guidelines training workshops equip participants with tools to handle challenging situations with intelligence and compassion. They can be run as an intensive over two full days, or in a modular way over a longer period. 

In corporate contexts, the 16 Guidelines give managers and employees the insight and tools to analyse their behaviour and personal skills, to improve teamwork and performance, and to develop flexibility and resilience in the way they communicate and interact with others.

Since 2006, the 16 Guidelines framework has been of benefit in workplaces, schools, hospices, drug-rehabilitation centres and prisons in more than 20 countries around the world.


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