Black Sheep at Christmas!

One of the pleasures of running Realising Change is the ability to do things a little differently from time to time. ‘Change’ is not always conducted within the rarified atmosphere of the Board Room, Training Room, or Tea Room. Sometimes, insights leading to change are best found away from such corporate trappings.

And so it was that a group of freelance colleagues got together forĀ  a few miles of walking and talking alongside the beautiful river Ure which runs alongside the North Yorkshire market town of Masham, home of the two breweries, Theakstons and Black Sheep.

There’s something significant that happens on these walks (we do them every couple of months):

  • Hierarchy, which sometimes restricts free flow of ideas, has little place when everyone has muddy boots
  • Walking side by side, rather than sitting across a table, leads to relaxed conversation (rather than point scoring)
  • Great views and fresh air liberate the mind far more than a usual stuffy office environment
  • The ability to sound out / test your ideas with a range of clever, informed and apolitical colleagues give a more rounded insight into your issue
  • The ability to pick the brains of people from all sorts of different sectors and backgrounds is a seldom found opportunity

……… and, its rather nice not to have to don suit and tie for these great outcomes!

Peter with Santa

Few things in life are as pleasing as a great pint and a good lunch with pals, especially when you feel that such reward has been ‘earned’ through several miles of walking. The Black Sheep Brewery provided us with just such opportunity, providing suitable festive fair, great service and warm fire

…….. and a continuation of great conversation.

Compare this to the sometimes found challenge of getting people in organisations to open up, engage, speak honestly, give each other constructive feedback, maybe there’s more to this ‘walk and talk’ than a decent pint at the end – as my mother used to say, ‘You should get out more!


The Black Sheep Team

‘Walkers and Talkers’