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Snatching time

Snatching time

There is an end of term feel in my household.  One child has finished at school and is languishing in her room in a Netflix trance. Another, after the high of Graduation, is on the roller coaster of job-seeking. Meanwhile, the third is putting us […]

Living the fuller life

Living the fuller life

How I related to that.  The Woolwich in the late 80’s and early 90’s was a hierarchical organisation and I remember feeling such a tiny cog in a big machine with hardly any chance to make my own mark without the permission of what seemed […]

“The leader’s role is to set the stage not perform on it”

“The leader’s role is to set the stage not perform on it”

When I was about fourteen, I realise with hindsight, that my Dad (pictured with me – he’s 90 and still going strong!) changed the way he parented me.  In fact, there was something of a transformation.  From telling me what to do, nagging me about my […]

The Wonders of Body Language

The Wonders of Body Language

Women, prick up your ears.  When you stand like Wonder Woman for two minutes (legs slightly apart, arms akimbo, head up, back straight, body balanced) it changes your internal feelings of power and control.   Your testosterone levels increase and your cortisol decreases helping you feel more able and more […]

Whakapapa

Whakapapa

What are the hallmarks of future leaders?  What makes leaders successful today, may not work so well in the future.  It is not just the right skills, but the ability to master new ones that will count.  Claudio Fernandez formerly director of research at the […]

“What I dream of is an art of balance” – Henri Matisse

“What I dream of is an art of balance” – Henri Matisse

Matisse said “what I dream of is an art of balance”. I love that.  Who doesn’t seek harmony, in their relationships, home, families and workplaces?  More importantly, we look for it inside ourselves.  The sentiment, it seems, is as old as humankind.  Even in ancient […]

Bang on the money

Bang on the money

I was struck just before Christmas with how easy it is for managers to fall into the trap of giving negative feedback. I asked a group of managers to split into groups and carry out some tasks. One person in the group was assigned to lead and […]

“Man needs difficulties, they are necessary for health”

“Man needs difficulties, they are necessary for health”

Back in the 1980s Alexei Sayle was part of an angry new wave of stand-up comedians.  I remember at University going to watch him and laughing hysterically, whilst at the same time feeling a nervous discomfort, as he ranted violently against privileged middle class students. […]

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily lives from our souls” Pablo Picasso

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily lives from our souls” Pablo Picasso

I write this in September as Summer just begins to turn to Autumn.  The green on the leaves seems to have turned a slightly darker hue and it is just cold enough to start wearing a coat outside. I know that dark mornings, cold walks […]