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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 […]

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, […]

Challenge and Controversy

Challenge and Controversy

Martin Luther King gives his speech to a crowd in the US. The video is in black and white, it looks grainy and unclear compared to current digital streaming. I notice it outside the Soul of a Nation exhibition at the Tate Modern. There’s nothing unclear […]

“Better to be wrong than boring”  Andre Gaim, Nobel Prize in Physics Winner 2010

“Better to be wrong than boring” Andre Gaim, Nobel Prize in Physics Winner 2010

In 2010 Andre Gaim and Kostya Novoselov from Manchester University received a Nobel Prize for their work isolating graphene.   Many people had tried before without success.  Their method?  Simple.  Scotch tape which they stuck to ordinary graphite, pulled and what came off with the tape […]

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 […]

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 […]