Who, and How, we are
Our Name and Inspiration
Thich Nhat Hanh and InterBeing
The name InterBe is inspired by The Order of Interbeing, founded by Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist.We share his belief in the interconnectedness of all. In our experience, no change ever occurs in isolation.
Change or Transformation?
When we change, the people around us change too. Similarly, when the people around us change, we inevitably change because their relationship with us is inextricably linked with what we think and how we feel about them and so, how we are with them. This is our way of being and it is as fluid as the tides.
Our work with organisations, and groups of people, pays particular attention to importance of relationships. Our connections - and disconnections - with others are created by the stories we tell, to both ourselves and others, and the contact and conversations we have.
Our focus on relationships, and our narrative approach to experience, is based on the understanding that people and organisations can change things and it makes a difference but when relationships change, transformation can occur.
Simon Daly, Director
Simon began his career in management, before specialising in transformation, leadership and coaching. He completed extensive self-development and self-awareness work, before undergoing ontological training and learning to live a life of possibility.
As part of this process, he acquired the skills of triple listening, which are vital for effective coaching. Over the course of 8 years, Simon has amassed more than 12,000 hours of coaching experience. Today he coaches all types of people from Chief Executives, Directors and Senior Managers through to frontline staff and individuals.
Mo Cohen, Director
I am committed to freedom, to people being free and fully self expressed. I stand for people fulfilling their potential. I believe that we are all constrained by aspects of our past, that we unwittingly limit ourselves and create a limited view of the future and what is possible.
My style can be spontaneous and unstructured, flowing in the conversation, being present, listening, being alongside. At the same time my facilitation is informed, carefully judged, and simultaneously deeply attentive to the group as a whole and to the individuals within it. I am truthful, unapologetic, and authentic and I encourage others to be so too.
Narrative Transformation is my methodology. As people discover their limiting beliefs, and learn how to defy the self-imposed restrictions that hold them back, they discover, not only a new freedom, but new abilities to live with uncertainty, and how to allow the same for others.
I practice triple loop learning as a foundation for profound change. Albert Einstein said 'Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted'. I agree. Working this way allows for transformation.
For 25 years, I have worked with organisations to deliver innovative and professionally-rooted leadership development and coaching programmes. My main area of expertise is Organisational and Personal Transformation, with a particular focus on authentic leadership and narrative approaches to communication and conflict transformation.
I originally trained as a clinical psychologist. I have a BA in Psychology, an MSc in Clinical Psychology and a second Masters degree in Creative Conflict Transformation through the Arts. I am currently completing a PhD in Solo Autobiographical Theatre at the University of Plymouth.
Sali Mustafic, Narrative Transformation Associate
Compassion for all is my guiding principle. I bring literature, particularly poetry, and play to the conversation in order to bypass habitual thinking and allow people to take themselves by surprise with their responses.
Experiential learning, where we learn something through experiencing a shift, in our understanding, is more likely to help us find something new in ourselves than any amount of reading textbooks, attending lectures or seminars, and sitting tests or exams. It is also results in expanded appreciation of ourselves and others, and of how we can choose a new response in order to get a transformed result.
I came to InterBe after; 20 years in education, an NLP Diploma, Practitioner, and two Master Practitioner trainings, coaching certification and a Narrative Coaching programme. All of my training has been in the form of experiential learning and has had a deep impact on my way of being.
I am particularly inspired by literature and film; the pioneering work of Michael White; and, since 2006, by working with Mo and Simon.
Adam is a facilitator, coach and trainer with a background in the performing arts. He graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama as one of the first people in the world to hold an honours degree in circus. He draws on his extensive experience as a teacher and performer to bring a positive and energetic style to his work, balancing fun and spontaneity with clarity and precision.
Adam has delivered coaching and transformational programmes since 2001. He has worked with InterBe on the design and delivery of their programmes, as a member of a consulting think-tank, developing and testing methodologies for performance and productivity, and for Landmark Worldwide, a global leader in personal development.
He is currently interested in strengths-based coaching and development, working with the CliftonStrengths assessments, which helps to identify and develop people’s natural talents and forge strong working relationships.
Outside of his consulting work, Adam has taught circus arts to recreational and aspiring-professional students, helping them develop the skills and the mindset to fulfil their dreams. Many of his students have gone on to perform professionally or direct original work.
When he isn’t working, Adam spends most of his time with his son or learning about obscure and unusual topics.
In every area of his life, Adam is committed to people being alive, free and fully self-expressed.