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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 […]

Telling your story

Telling your story

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story” Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind When was the last time you heard a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

I’ve got a headache

I’ve got a headache

It’s a tough job being a line manager. The expectations of senior managers hang on you. Your team watch your every move with a critical eye. Like an ace juggler you keep all the balls in the air: your own work commitments, the demanding needs […]

Are you an advice-giving junkie?

Are you an advice-giving junkie?

I had to travel to Birmingham for a modular course.  I wasn’t expecting to work with this group and had stood in for another facilitator.  As I usually do, at the beginning of the course I asked some questions to help everyone settle back into […]

Finding your Leadership Voice

Finding your Leadership Voice

Last year I was running a course for a Housing Association.  I was deeply impressed by the commitment to his own development shown by one delegate who was acting up to the managers’ role in his team.  The course ran for 4 modules.  For two […]