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Forget about saying ‘No’

Forget about saying ‘No’

Most people would agree that being clear about our boundaries, establishing ground rules in our relationships and making sure that we have enough time to do what is important well are laudable aims.  The reality is that having those conversations can be tricky.  Getting the […]

Bounce Back

Bounce Back

The year is only 6 weeks in and so far I have experienced a couple of minor ailments and a bereavement.  With an unusually heavy workload for January it has meant that I have had to draw on deep wells of resilience in order to […]

“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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Choir

The Choir

Gareth Malone has begun a new series of The Choir on the BBC.  Building on his success of creating a Military Wives choir last year, he is visiting different employers, drumming up support for workplace choirs. In an edited hour comes a distillation of everything […]