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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 […]

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 […]

Snow

Snow

Snow.  It’s like life.  No matter how much you plan for it, it still manages to thwart and disrupt.  I’m sitting at my office window watching the previous day’s deep snow turn from fascinating soft drifts into slush and ice.  A leaking gutter is causing […]

Making Change Work

Making Change Work

CIPD research says that 60% of change initiatives fail their stated objectives. I read this report when I was preparing for a day on resilience and change for leaders at a Housing Association that had expanded rapidly over the past two years.  The figure shocked […]