Author: Ian Marsh

Sensory awareness

Several times during the course of the day, try to make time – 30 seconds perhaps, no more than a minute – to check in with your senses. Without turning your head, what can you see? What can you hear? Smell? Taste? Feel? What sensations do you experience in your muscles? Your joints? Your bones? […]

Exploring emotions

This reflection can be used to explore any emotion. Find somewhere quiet, where you will not be disturbed. Leave your tech out of sight, sound and reach. Make yourself comfortable. Take a few deep breaths, in through the nose and out through the mouth. Now, bring to mind a time when you were [insert emotion […]

Here and now

Find somewhere quiet, where you will not be disturbed. Leave your tech out of sight, sound and reach. Make yourself comfortable. Bring to mind five things you can see in the space around you. If it helps, silently name them. Now five things you can hear. Now five things you can feel, or that are […]

Hot buttons

Find somewhere quiet where you will not be disturbed. Leave your tech out of sight, sound and reach. Make yourself comfortable. Reflect on what you tend to find most threatening or challenging when you are dealing with other people.  Threats to your status, or what you think is your position in the group?  Perhaps you […]

What can Brexit and a transvestite potter teach us about tough conversations?

In the months following the EU Referendum, the artist Grayson Perry set out to discover what people really felt about Brexit.  I revisited his film of that experience, Divided Britain[1], recently in search of a way of illustrating a short talk about my book, If it is so good to talk, why is it so hard?[2] […]

If it is so good to talk …

 I chat with Ramia El Agamy of Tharawat Magazine about curiosity, mindfulness, mind monkeys and all things Good2talk.

The power of conversation

Delighted to return to the Family Business Podcast for a second time (episode 34) following my previous discussion with Russ Haworth in episode 5 about the importance of communication. We build on that in this episode and discuss the some of the topics I cover in If it is so good to talk, why is […]

The dark side of the screen

In this article Ian Marsh explores how the way we relate to our gadgets is affecting the way we relate to one another – and not necessarily in a good way. Where is your phone as you read this? Can you see it? Can you reach it? Will you hear its alerts as you read? […]

Culture, communication and conflict

Introduction In Preparing Heirs,[1] Williams and Preisser report research which suggests that, of the 70% of wealth transition plans that fail (you may want to rewind and read that statistic again if you’re not familiar with it), 60% of those failures are due to a breakdown of trust and communication within the family, and a […]

Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution in Family Businesses

Family conflict is one of the biggest challenges facing those seeking to build a multi-generational family business. “Conflict risk” is more manageable than many other types of risk, yet it is still relatively unusual for families to take steps to manage it, or to seek professional help in doing so – until, of course, things […]

An interpersonal neurobiology view of the diverse roles of culture in conflict

Abstract: In this paper Ian Marsh considers the complex interactions of culture and conflict through the twin lenses of interpersonal neurobiology and his experience of working with conflict as both hired gun (litigator) and peacemaker (intervenor). After briefly introducing the subject of interpersonal neurobiology and reflecting on the nature of both culture and conflict, he explores  the notions […]

Mediating Families at War

In this article, Ian Marsh argues that ‘family wars‘ in business are different from commercial disputes, explains why and suggests how the mediation process can be adapted to deal with very differing needs.  It is based upon a seminar given to the Hong Kong Mediation Council on 10 November 2010. Introduction and context “I have […]