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Don’t mention the ‘P’ word: talking about developing leaders

Don’t mention the ‘P’ word: talking about developing leaders

The backstory Rebecca Nestor, founder of Learning for Good, and I are collaborating with NCVO on a new leadership programme targeted at the next generation of non-profit leaders. The programme has gone live on the NCVO website, and we are meeting the participants for the first time at 5pm on Sunday, 6 November 2016. So, … Continued

“Did we go about together?” My Aunt and Alzheimer’s

“Did we go about together?” My Aunt and Alzheimer’s

90 and where she would rather not be My 90-year-old aunt Elspeth lives in a nursing home where she would rather not be. Ellie, as she likes to be called, would prefer to be at home in her own flat with a view of her beloved Pentland Hills. Ellie looks like a Celtic Queen. She is … Continued

Plain English introduction to U Theory: how to create innovative solutions collectively

Plain English introduction to U Theory: how to create innovative solutions collectively

U Theory in plain English U theory is a process that is profound, powerful and practical. But it seems to me that U Theory believers use so much jargon that they are in danger of turning it into a cult. One day I decided to try to explain U Theory in plain English. The is the result. U … Continued

Nothing Happens in August

Nothing Happens in August

An August blog about family and friends Caroline’s Columbian boyfriend has asked her to marry him. Kirsty broke up with her English boyfriend because he is too controlling. Fiona is close to breaking up with her Scottish boyfriend because he is too controlling. Mary has broken up again with her Irish boyfriend. I don’t know why. David is raising money … Continued

Why Summer Reading Lists Give Me Sturm und Drang

Why Summer Reading Lists Give Me Sturm und Drang

Now is the time of year when newspapers publish their summer reading lists. The Financial Times, The Economist, and The Guardian will all have pages of elegant and succinct reviews of books published in the last six months. These recommendations first inspire and then depress me. Richer and wiser Initially, the FT summer books list … Continued

Building Capacity Systematically: 12 Steps towards designing and delivering training collectively

Building Capacity Systematically: 12 Steps towards designing and delivering training collectively

It’s one thing to be a trainer. It’s quite another to explain how you do it to other people. Here is what I have learned from trying to pass on training skills and knowledge to other people. Key message: Be systematic 1 Be systematic in your approach to training needs analysis, design, delivery, evaluation, and follow-up. … Continued

Challenging Assumptions about Education by Jane Kirton, Executive Coach

Challenging Assumptions about Education by Jane Kirton, Executive Coach

  Since my teenage daughter set off for the first day of the Autumn term at school a few weeks ago, I’ve been thinking about the shape and design of our education system and the many ways in which it’s changed since my own schooldays, whilst somehow staying fundamentally unaltered. The next four to eight … Continued

The importance of strategic ignorance by John Lewis, President and Founder of Intelligent Futures

The importance of strategic ignorance by John Lewis, President and Founder of Intelligent Futures

  “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” – Isaac Asimov One of our core areas of work at Intelligent Futures is community engagement. We aim to structure meaningful, authentic and transparent conversations with communities about issues, plans or developments … Continued

How to Survive Twelve Days of Networking: Tips for Reluctant Networkers

How to Survive Twelve Days of Networking: Tips for Reluctant Networkers

Now is the season of goodwill and networking opportunities If your December diary is stuffed like a Christmas turkey, you have a choice to make. Either you can wrap tinsel round your ear, and get drunk with the crowd, or you can choose to network with purpose. I believe in the value of building, and … Continued