Going Round in Circulars

A guide to doubling your income by listening nice Take Away Line It’s always good to peak over the hedge to see how the neighbours do things. I was in Hamburg this summer and saw that this city, which has twice the income per head of ‘thriving’ Northern English cities, has not only adopted different…

Seeing you, seeing me

Board diversity from a psychological perspective Take-Away Line Revisions to governance codes and supporting advice to boards have taken to heart the notion of ‘behavioural governance’, to support boards offer the independence of mind and rigour that effective organisational leadership needs. But they have so far failed to address questions of psychological diversity, the range…

Listening to the Cheshire Cat

Keeping the conversation about social outcomes live Take Way Line One of the hardy annual debates in the social housing  sector is how far into social development we go, or to what extent are we – preference of the current government – should focus on development and being efficient landlords of housing for the less…

Ensuring your board counts: How BoardsCount Panorama works

Take Away Line BoardsCount Panorama offers great value: after an engaging online experience, it provides you with a high quality report from which your board can agree its areas of collective strength (and build on them) and also any areas to be strengthened.  The service is grounded in research, has been tested in consultancy practice…

Ensuring your Board counts: How BoardsCount Panorama can help your organisation

Take Away Line There are plenty of examples of where boards may fail to spot the big shocks that will have a significant impact on their future success, the bank crash and Brexit being just two examples of potentially existential threats to organisational viability that many organisations in the UK failed to model.  But the…

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Genies, personal spiritual growth and organisational life

Take Away Line The image of the genie is sometimes used to convey the idea of the vast potential for growth latent within all of us, growth, which Jungians hold, is our natural desire for individuation. But can this urge, essentially something usually seen as a matter for the individual  to accomplish alone, also be…

In praise of recognition guy

In praise of recognition, but not praise itself: coaching reflections for leaders

Take Away Line Half-hearted praise does as much for self-esteem as casual criticism. If you want to build the confidence of your people, they need to feel recognised not praised. And that’s about how you engage with them. Whole-hearted and fully present engagement may sound ungainly as a phrase, but it’s the trick to build…

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Changing and not changing: midsummer maternal madness and understanding resistance in a coaching situation

Take Away Line An organisational community can be torn over questions of change. All too often, as in the case presented here, resistance can be configured as a monolith to be crushed or avoided. But working with an organisational leader to deal with resistance, considering it as a source of intelligence while thinking of the resisters as…

Organisations, Doctor: a suitable case for treatment? Or, when a board is wrong, it can oddly also be right.

Take Away Line It’s generally well worth looking below the surface when faced with a consultancy assignment. What’s asked for can be odd, appear wrong, but beneath the surface, there may be a more than valid request for help, but expressed in a way that masks the deeper challenge.  Framing this challenge in medical language,…