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01 Jan: Dignity Part 2: Avoiding the slippery slope

Happy New Year! Have we ever started a new year with such anticipation, expectation and hope? Have we ever looked forward with such a sense of what we want to change? Have we ever contemplated the year ahead with such mindful determination to hold on to insights and habits forged through months of challenge?
As 2020 drew to a close, I found myself reflecting on the unconditional nature of dignity and the part we can play in honouring and securing it, for ourselves and others. In this article I offer my thoughts, deepened by the work of Donna Hicks, on how we can avoid the everyday temptations that violate dignity.
After the year we’ve had, don’t we owe ourselves a break from New Year resolutions? I offer these suggestions as a dignity-affirming alternative that, I hope, will transform all our relationships in the year ahead.

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01 Dec: Dignity Part 1: Securing the bedrock

In this final month of this incredibly challenging year, I find myself reflecting on dignity. Why? Because this extreme situation has encouraged me to revisit foundational ideas and principles. It’s made me notice what really matters – to myself and those around me. It’s made me want to think deeper about the beliefs and values that provide structure to our behaviours.
Here I offer what I’m learning, from my own experience and from the ground-breaking work of Donna Hicks, about the unconditional nature of dignity. And I share my thoughts on what we can do to honour and secure the dignity that each of us possesses as our birth-right.

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01 Aug: Are we ready for what lies ahead?

Where are we in the lifecycle of this pandemic? Is this the end of the beginning, or the beginning of the end? Or half time? And – as our days shorten and shadows lengthen – are we ready for whatever lies ahead?
In this article I want to celebrate the phenomenal flexibility we’ve all mustered over many months. Let’s not take it for granted. Let’s acknowledge it so that we can own this vital capability and continue to adapt in the months ahead.

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05 Jul: When we’re busy being inclusive, who are we leaving out?

It’s hard writing about inclusion. How can I do it with any kind of honesty without talking about exclusion. And, of course, exclusion is something that most of us have very little experience of.
We’re learning that we need to do things differently. And as parents, teachers, mentors, coaches, teammates, employers and leaders we have the responsibility – and the power – to create inclusive environments. Many of us are working out what that means for the way we think and behave personally.
Here I share what creating a safe, inclusive space means for me. I offer my thoughts on how we can be truly welcoming by creating environments in which we listen deeply to what others think, feel and want to say.