Ian McLaren Wallace

Increasing Self Awareness For Leaders

What Happens Inside, Happens Outside

The way that I work with you to help you develop your potential is unique and original. Whereas conventional development processes use an outside-in approach, viewing potential as a static object, a thing to be obtained, I work with you from the inside out, engaging with your potential as a dynamic flow between what is and what could be, between who you are and who you can become, between what you have and what you need. My unique approach places you at the centre of your self-perceptions, enabling you to powerfully engage with the dynamic flow between your inner and your outer worlds.

What I Do

What I do is to work with individuals and organisations to help them connect their inner and outer worlds. I do this by designing and delivering original, human centred processes that have emerged from years of experience and success in working with language, imagery and emotion. By using the natural power of human nature I help you connect your inner and outer worlds so that you can actually make your ideas and inspirations happen for real, producing practical, valuable and significant results.

Award Winning Business Psychologist

The work I do with you is different because I actively work with you in the liminal area along the boundaries between your inner and outer worlds, rather than just working with idealised inner world beliefs or cynical outer world viewpoints in the way that conventional processes usually do.

These boundaries are usually avoided because they often involve tension, and much of this tension occurs at an unconscious emotional level. Instead of trying to avoid tension, I work with you to positively engage with it, so you can create a healthy free-flowing awareness.

Working with me in this innovative way enables you to powerfully and consistently make your ideas and inspirations actually happen in reality.

Who I Am

The reason why I do the work I do, through originating these processes and using them with great success, is because years of experience of working with people and organisations has illuminated how valuable a healthy and free-flowing connection between inner and outer worlds really is. Creating a healthy and free-flowing connection between your inner and outer worlds is not just a nice to have, it is fundamental to the success of any individual or organisation who wants to make a difference and to have that difference consistently recognised and valued. It’s always far more rewarding for me to work with the natural talents of human beings, rather than just treating them as the expendable components of an organisational machine.

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Neuromantics

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William Gibson, the author who originated the term cyberspace, observed that 'The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed'. In his seminal cyberspace novel, 'Neuromancer', William...

Get Down Deeper

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In any major change and transformation programme, no matter how inspiring the leadership vision or how compelling the intended business outcome, there is one fundamental need shared by everyone who...

Status Reports

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In many organisations, particularly larger ones, status is often confused with power. Powerful individuals are usually identified by various signs, conscious and unconscious, that they have high status, such as...

Remote Control

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When working in an Archegyral framework, control is the ability to decide an outcome, and in an organisational context, control issues can be a major source of tensions along the...

Risk A Version

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As business technologies and systems become more and more complex and dependent on each other, the actions that individuals take, knowingly or unknowingly, can often have unforeseen consequences. Many people...

Star Performers

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In Cut Out For The Job, I describe how the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and other personality profiling tools such as Insights and DISC have no scientific basis and can actually cause...

Mythical Beings

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In contemporary organisations, myths are often dismissed as insubstantial stories that have no real value, and this perspective on organisational myths can often be heard in statements such as 'that...

Cultural Amplification

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All cultures emerge from an individual making a symbolic connection between their inner and outer worlds. These connections can be discovered and explored in the conversations and stories that are...

Going Through The Motions

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One of the main informal indicators that organisations often use to measure their apparent productivity and effectiveness is how busy individuals in the organisation appear to be. It is often...

Monster Opportunity

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Many change and transformation programs emerge in response to an apparent monster opportunity that has been identified by the leaders of an organisation. This monster opportunity usually involves the implementation...

Transmission Impossible

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The most successful organisations emerge, exist and evolve through the conversations that are created by the people in the organisation and the stories that they share. These conversations and stories...

How Cultures Emerge

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When an organisation finds itself facing increasing challenges due to changing market conditions, the response of its leadership is often to instigate a culture change programme. The reason for doing...

The Gyring Test

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The field of artificial intelligence (AI) explores how computing systems can be developed to operate in a way that mimics human thinking processes. Currently, the mainstream purpose of doing this...

Ideas and Idealised Futures

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A statement that I often hear when beginning a client engagement with a leader or an entrepreneur is 'I have had this brilliant idea that is really going to change...

Cut Out For The Job

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Working with human beings can often be seen as being confusing, messy and paradoxical, so when selecting candidates for particular jobs, it can sometimes seem easier to treat people as...

Inner Voices and Irish Jokes

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When we encounter situations that we find challenging or paradoxical, it can often seem that we are internally conflicted about what to do, and as what you do is who...

Energy Vampires

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Another personification of unnamed, unowned and unchosen selves is the Energy Vampire, who is identified as an individual who sucks all the life out of a situation, leaving everyone else feeling...

The Identified Disrupter

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When working in a team, either as a member of the team or the leader of the team, it can often seem like one particular individual within the team is...

Office Gossip And Disseminated Selves

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One of the many awarenesses that emerges from working with the nature of the tension along the boundaries between inner and outer worlds, and how you unconsciously disseminate your self...

Imaginal. Validated. Symbolic. Disseminated.

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The conventional view of the self is usually that you have a single identity and that single identity is contained within the physical boundaries of your body. Even when exploring...

The Self Beyond The Self

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Five minutes from the centre of Cardiff, at Mermaid Quay overlooking Cardiff Bay, there is a memorial to Ianto Jones, who died in heroic circumstances in 2009. The tributes to...

Euphemisms, Platitudes and Jargon

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One of the most interesting uses of language in the workplace is through the euphemisms, platitudes and jargon that are routinely used as a way of avoiding connecting with the...

I. We. You. They.

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As well as listening out for idealisations and generalisations in your everyday language, or the language of other individuals, it is often valuable to also listen out for how you, and...

Anybody. Somebody. Everybody. Nobody.

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As well as becoming more aware of the modal auxiliary verbs of would, should and could, it is also valuable to listen out for when you or another person are...