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  • Fuelling the future with leadership lessons from the past
    During a recent PhD workshop, we discussed the premise, ‘there is no new theory, just new empirical contribution’. In other words, the initial theory provides the starting point, but the way we explore, interpret, and add to it…
  • Can you choose joy?
    As part of our research into joy and thriving at work, we’ve been inspired by an article we’ve read on Medium about happiness. The article begins by saying, ‘Everyone wants to know the secret to happiness’. Perhaps, like…
  • How well do you nurture your 5* time?
    One of the unexpected joys of doing a PhD has been the times I’ve gone down what looks like a rabbit hole to find a nugget of gold at the bottom! I recently chose a podcast at random…
  • The Compassion Continuum
    If you look back on your week where has compassion shown up?   To help answer this question, let’s explore in a little more detail what compassion means. What does it mean to us, to those around us, in…
  • The Power of Appreciation in the Workplace
    How do you feel when someone shows you appreciation? I think most of us would agree that being on the receiving end of appreciation makes us feel good. We feel warm inside when someone notices something we’ve done…
  • Intentionality, time, and jellybeans
    Do you ever find yourself wishing you had more time? We only have a limited number of days in which to make our mark on the world, so it matters how we spend them. How can we make sure we spend our time in the most effective way so our leadership, our teams and our organisations can thrive and grow? By making intentional choices.
  • The power of leadership development in community
    Leadership can be a lonely place. When you become a leader, the dynamic in your team changes. People who were once your peers become those you are responsible for. Being open and vulnerable with those around you becomes…
  • How do you want to feel as you enter the new year?
    Rested, reinvigorated, and ready to greet January with a sense of purpose and joy? It sounds great, but the reality is often different. We can find ourselves approaching the new year feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and in need of…
  • Thriving at work through the festive season?
    The festive season can be challenging for many of us. Work deadlines, social commitments, and the pressure to prepare for the perfect Christmas can all contribute to elevated levels of stress, and in some cases, burn out. If…
  • What are your warning signals to slow down?
    We explored this question as part of a workshop on resilience recently. So often we plough on because there is “too much to do”, “too many plates to spin” … “no time to stop…” Sound familiar?  The thing…
  • Giving uniqueness space to grow
    Last week someone thanked me for starting our work together with a session that focused on getting to know each other’s strengths and sharing stories about what made each person tick.  They said they had never had that opportunity…
  • Enabling Uniqueness to flourish
    Have you noticed recently that some of the good habits we built into our lives as we faced into the global pandemic have been getting put to one side? In the face of continuing demands on our time…
  • How do you accelerate performance?
    What do you do to accelerate your personal / team / business performance?  Every few months we select a location, hire an air bnb and spend a couple of days away from the “day job”.  We use this…
  • The importance of small connections
    It’s over 488 days (or over 11,000 hours) since the UK first went into national lockdown, and for many of us, the way we worked changed overnight.  Some have loved it, some hated it, some thrived, some shrivelled.  I…
  • Are you brave enough to be you?
    Do you ever hear something that someone says and think Yes they’ve nailed it, those words, that phrase really gets to the heart of it.  That was me this weekend as I heard this question as I was…
  • Sparkly Shoes and Trust
    In order to create workplace cultures where people thrive and grow, we have to cultivate environments where trust is at the heart of everything we do. We need trust in order to be ourselves, to have the conversations…
  • Happy International Women’s Day
    I can’t let International Women’s Day pass without acknowledging this beautiful and remarkable woman, Alice. My Grandmother who I shared with 4 other grand kids who loved her dearly, and mother to my brilliant Dad and my Aunt…
  • How well equipped are you to emerge stronger from a post-pandemic world?
    The global pandemic forced us to work differently. Remote working was imposed on many of us and propelled us to experience work in new ways. For all the challenges associated with it, the pandemic has also created possibility…
  • Same storm, different boats. #bekind
    Well, here we are again in another national lockdown… Following last night’s announcement, I was reminded that whilst we may all be in the same storm, we are definitely not all in the same boat.  For some, not…
  • Jelly legs, Courage and Compassionate Cultures
    I love walking in nature and exploring new places. Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend a few days soaking up the glory of Autumn in the Lake District. The picture you can see on the blog…
  • What’s your picture of leadership?
    If you had to draw a picture that represents what leadership means to you, what picture would you choose and what are the words and memories that come to mind?   The picture that comes into my head is…
  • Why do we loose the bubbling enthusiasm of being 4?
    I was smiling all the way home from my dog walk this morning. I made a delightful new friend on the park today. He was skipping along, little bag of duck food over his arm, with his mum…
  • Why gazing at the stars is good for the soul… and our work
    This summer I found myself with evenings at home and a distinctly different social life to previous summers. It did lead to a number of evenings with a glass of wine in hand, sat in the garden enjoying…
  • Looking for joy in the most unexpected places
    I’ve just finished reading an article by Richard Askwith in this month’s Runners World magazine. One sentence made me feel so sad, it almost stopped me in my tracks for a few minutes, on finishing the article it…
  • Work should be a place of joy, where we thrive and grow
    When Caroline M and I first started getting excited about what it could be like if we took the opportunity that COVID- 19 offered us and collaborated on a joint venture, the overriding passion that sparked our excitement was that work should be a place of joy where we thrive and grow.

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