It’s time to stop avoiding the question most people ask me! ‘Why are you called Wren and Greyhound?’. Most of the stories below are half-truths to disguise the fact that there’s no single or sensible reason for the name!
Wrens build up to ten nests before choosing which to live in. Greyhounds set their sights on a target and dash off in full-blooded pursuit of it. So the name ‘Wren and Greyhound’ is a metaphor for strategy. Wrens think strategy involves exploring options and responding to what emerges. Greyhounds think it is about setting a clear plan of direction. In reality, both are necessary for successful strategy. Hence ‘Wren and Greyhound’.
Wrens flit around in non-linear zig-zags. Seeing the world in this way, it is made up of patterns and connectedness. Greyhounds tend to move in straight lines from one point to the next. So, wrens are a metaphor for our flighty, visual mind and greyhounds symbolise our linear, verbal mind. Both linear and lateral thinking are necessary for creativity and innovation. Hence ‘Wren and Greyhound’.
Flying in these circles, wrens see an awful lot of a very small part of the world. As they pelt along, Greyhounds see a little bit of a much larger part of the world. So wrens symbolise knowing a lot of in-depth stuff about a few topics; greyhounds symbolise knowing a little about a lot of things. Both are necessary to be a useful consultant. Hence ‘Wren and Greyhound’.
My partner’s name is Jenny. In her family she has always been nicknamed ‘Wren’. One time many years ago, we were leaving our eight year-old nephew’s house and he cheered ‘Goodbye Wren! Goodbye…Greyhound!’. And it stuck. Hence ‘Wren and Greyhound’. This is the story most people like best.