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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]