The Board at Play: 365ideas4change Number 43

Peter Christie is a well-known ‘change agent’ (sorry Peter) in South Africa. What Peter calls himself is a strategic story-teller. Absorbing spinner of tales of fairies and parliamentarians alike, Peter’s moniker is “Big Chief Talking Bull”, his online identifier being “Not the Bored Room”.

No matter the story, Peter taps in to something with which I think we all need to reconnect: the child within. I don’t imply some psycho-dynamic three year process of angst and peeling of sun-burned layers. Rather, that part of us that delights in life.

What child-like qualities might benefit board meetings? Saying it like it is – honesty, sometimes raw, is refreshing. Spontaneity – not recklessness, but (as per the dictionary definition) without effort or premeditation; natural and unconstrained. Curiosity – the quality of being intrigued by the unknown, rather than scared. Adventurous – willing to explore said unknown.

In a world that is dynamic to the point of freneticism, where new challenges face business at an inconceivable rate, and information overload threatens even the most robust of strong shoulders, a little bit of play might lead to, well, something different?

For more on Peter’s work see


About Julie Courtnage

With training in environmental science, I facilitate 'naked conversations' about sustainable wellbeing. Using facilitation techniques, systems thinking, art, music, writing, movement and photography, we explore the active creation of our uniqueness - personal and collective, as individuals, organisations and society - and our relationships with others, with sustainable wellbeing, and with genuine happiness. This journey of creation is a journey of Love. And fun.
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