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…

Christmas 2012 – home thoughts from abroad

Take Away Line After a year of exciting and challenging international assignments, alongside the more typical ones in the UK and other European Countries, it’s time to roast a Christmas chestnut and reflect on the learning that they have brought in their wake.  So, in a Christmas stocking full of tall stories from far lands,…

How to choose the right leadership development programme for your organisation – in Madagascar

Take Away Line Rattling through the bush on a long journey can be a great way to reflect, discuss and formulate. On one journey in the Madagascan Highlands, we talked about how to choose the right leadership development programme, developing a simple typology of four types aimed at helping those new to these ideas a…

Glamour and Poverty: behind the Scenes of the Baku Eurovision in 2012, a Civil Society Connection?

Take Away Line The European Union is supporting the development of civil society in a number of its neighbours, seeing their stability and prosperity as in our interest as well as a good thing to support.  Solidarity in action.  But developing civil society in a country that has often been reported as being nervous about…

Burning bright, not burning out: Leadership in tough times and the art of managing Stress, Well-being and Centeredness

Take Away Line As high stress levels seem to be endemic in professional life, attention turns to understanding how to cope and, better still, to lead oneself and ones team through the stress.  The process of moving from being subject to stress to a position of having the personal wellbeing and skills to support others…

Volunteering: A Transylvanian tale as the consultant goes to the care frontline

Take Away Line A working holiday in a hospice in Romania? Sounds tough or ‘noble’ or both. Perhaps it is, but if the hosting agency gets the organisational arrangements right it can feel neither…and mine gold for all concerned. Reflections and eight good practice tips suggested here towards the end of the European Year of…