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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 […]

How do you get support when you are a new leader?

How do you get support when you are a new leader?

Nannette Sakyi from Barnet Homes spoke with Sarah Smith from Indigo and Janette Hirst from Northampton Borough Council at the Housing Diversity Network Conference in July. We have been working to support a new mentoring initiative from Housing Diversity Network (HDN) and Chartered Institute of […]

2,000 Voices Strong

2,000 Voices Strong

Anyone who has been following my blogs for a while will know that I love choirs and choral music.  Choirs move me, they inspire me.   It’s not just the joyous, haunting, energetic sound that they can produce.  It’s that sense of camaraderie, connection, synergy that […]

5,127 attempts

5,127 attempts

My 17 year old daughter sat her driving test last week.  She failed.  “I’m not the kind of person who fails”, she growled, staring at the results sheet when she came home. Now, my daughter (she would definitely want me to make this clear to […]