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Hosting

St Thomas is a gloomy looking Victorian church in the depths of Southeast London. You’d be unlikely to walk past it unless you were heading directly there. Close by are estates of social housing, terraces of Victorian houses and if you know the area, a […]

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 […]

The Dreaded Networking

The Dreaded Networking

I was at a conference recently.  All was going well.  I had been invited to run workshops on ‘Building your Resilience’ and the room was bursting at the seams.  The signals that let me know that people were engaged and on track were evident.  The […]

“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. […]

“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 […]