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Indigo’s 21st Birthday!

Indigo’s 21st Birthday!

It’s our 21st Birthday! Sarah started Indigo as Sarah Smith Associates in 1997. This October we’ll be celebrating at the Women in Housing Awards where Sarah’s been nominated as Best Consultant by our client Network Homes. We’ll be popping some corks and having a good […]

The Sweetness of Being

The Sweetness of Being

In my yoga class today, the teacher suggested that we pay attention to our bodies and do what makes ‘being’ sweeter. He was speaking in the context of relaxing and sinking into our exercises, positioning a block to support a knee, perhaps placing a bolster […]

Daisy and the bee

Daisy and the bee

When do you take time to stocktake and reflect? Where do you make space to distill and let the dust settle? I was speaking at the University of Nottingham’s Ingenuity ’18 conference. Aimed at finding innovative ideas to solve some of the key issues of our […]

Leadership Playgrounds

Leadership Playgrounds

I’m not a fan of the short cold days of late Autumn, when November and early December seem to maliciously drag on before there’s a chance for a break. Yet this time of year naturally puts me in a reflective space, looking back at the year, […]

Discovering new lands…

Discovering new lands…

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore” Andre Gide, 1927. I saw this quote from Nobel prize winning Gide, a week after the officially worst day of the year (that day when the post-Christmas […]

“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 […]

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 […]