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Are you ready to listen to liberate?

Are you ready to listen to liberate?

What are your thoughts and feelings about entering a new hybrid way of working? What do your team members think and feel?
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Finding our true colours

Finding our true colours

A participant on our recent 30-day Listening to Liberate Challenge asked me the question: “How would I describe the three primary colours of listening?”
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Tune in to healthy tension

Tune in to healthy tension

As a leader, you will be busy planning for a new phase in the return to work. You’ll be thinking...
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Listen first to yourself

Listen first to yourself

Lockdown is easing here in the UK. As a leader you’ll be thinking about what returning to the workplace might...
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What stops me listening?

What stops me listening?

Last month I shared five key impacts of listening to others. It seems that many individuals and organisations see the...
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Why should I listen?

Why should I listen?

This question has been on my mind a lot recently. As you know, listening is my thing. I love to...
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Dignity Part 2: Avoiding the slippery slope

Dignity Part 2: Avoiding the slippery slope

New Year is traditionally a time of reflection and resolve. And perhaps we’re extra aware of our thoughts, emotions and...
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Dignity Part 1: Securing the bedrock

Dignity Part 1: Securing the bedrock

Are we building common ground, reaching for higher ground or securing the bedrock? We’ve all learned so much this year...
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Identity Part 2: What are we stepping into?

Identity Part 2: What are we stepping into?

The global pandemic has brought home to us just how complex life really is. The future always was unchartered – but we chose to seek out predictions and forecasts. Now we’ve got to know uncertainty for ourselves. And we’ve learnt that our adaptability helps us live within it and lead others through it. My invitation to you here is to support yourself, and those you lead, with the shift in identity that uncertainty demands of us. And my challenge to you is to accept that this lifelong quest lies at the heart of our role as leaders.
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Identity Part 1: What are we letting go of?

Identity Part 1: What are we letting go of?

The challenge of working from home has freed many of us from the social and organisational constraints of the workplace. It’s handed us the responsibility to choose how we do our jobs while fulfilling the other important roles in our lives. And, in the process, it’s shaken up how we see ourselves and our contributions. My invitation to you here is to support those you lead through this transition, to encourage them to bring more of themselves to their work, wherever they’re working.
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Attention in the midst of distraction

Attention in the midst of distraction

For me, September feels like the start of a new year. A shift from summer adventures to a more defined routine. And, for many, a new year of learning at school, college or university. It’s a time that demands a quicker pace and a sharper focus. The transition can be challenging in a normal year. This September it’s happening in the face of new uncertainties within our work and learning environments, the possibility of a second wave as autumn draws in, and our concerns for our economy, our businesses and our jobs. So my invitation to you, as we move into this uncertain phase, is to take a deep breath and find your focus.
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Are we ready for what lies ahead?

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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What does it mean to be a Thinking Environment and Why does it Matter?

What does it mean to be a Thinking Environment and Why does it Matter?

What if 2020 is the year we embrace change, in a way unlike we have ever done in the past? What if we would, more intentionally, generate the best thinking in others and ourselves, for the good of all? What if – with creativity, courage, and commitment – we chose to become a thinking environment for others?
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When we’re busy being inclusive, who are we leaving out?

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.
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Meeting crisis with creativity

Meeting crisis with creativity

We’re living through a paradox. A time of unimaginable disruption is being met with the most inspiring examples of human creativity, collaboration and compassion. We face a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tap into the creativity that is innate in all of us, and to express it in our own, unique way. Here I celebrate human creativity, and share my thoughts on how we can release and harness it, in ourselves and others.
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The impact of developing further our Emotional Intelligence

The impact of developing further our Emotional Intelligence

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Meeting chaos with calm

Meeting chaos with calm

Recently I shared what I’ve learned while coaching leaders working on their impulse control. One month later, this emotional intelligence skill is critical for all of us. And it is being put to the test in many different ways and to extreme levels. I’ve been thinking about how we are responding to the very different challenges each of us are facing right now, and how we can meet the chaos with choice and calm.
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Giving in to impulse

Giving in to impulse

We’re all human. We’ve all found ourselves in situations so frustrating or stressful that we’ve exploded. We’ve snapped at our...
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The expert is a vulnerable explorer

The expert is a vulnerable explorer

Over the past 48 hours, I felt a swell of emotions rising. The news of more people in distress, more...
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Some leaders get it. Some don’t. What can you do?

Some leaders get it. Some don’t. What can you do?

Responding to your team members – the stars and the strugglers – with commitment, care and courage. During our recent...
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