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What have self licking lollipops got to do with sustainability leadership?

What have self licking lollipops got to do with sustainability leadership?

Remind me about the 5 Ps? I’m reading a book by a former British Army Officer, Frank Ledwige, about the British Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ledwige is highly critical of the army’s culture and approach. He blames the generals and the politicians for failing to plan for what would happen after the invasion of Iraq. … Continued

Serendipity: or how going with the flow can lead to happy discoveries

Serendipity: or how going with the flow can lead to happy discoveries

“What is serendipity?”, said the handsome young Dutchman. It was the waitress who decided I should sit at his table. I would not have dared to speak to ask him, myself. He was really too good looking. “Serendipity,” I hazarded, “is a coming together of random events that produces unexpected and happy results. “Our meeting,” … Continued

Four steps to a universal principle of facilitation by Martin Gilbraith, former IAF Chair and IAF Europe Director

Four steps to a universal principle of facilitation by Martin Gilbraith, former IAF Chair and IAF Europe Director

Is there a single, universal principle of facilitation? At a recent monthly meet-up of the International Association of Facilitators in London, the question was posed “is there a single, universal principle of facilitation?” More to the point of course, if there is – what is it! It didn’t take me long to think and respond … Continued

Hippy, corrupt, predator, bureaucratic: Why stereotypes are a barrier to collaboration

Hippy, corrupt, predator, bureaucratic: Why stereotypes are a barrier to collaboration

I want to talk about stereotypes”, said a mature white male. After decades of working with political correctness, the topic had a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’. The context was a conversation about collaboration between business, government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and donors. In terms of age, gender and nationality, we were a mixed group, … Continued

How to give a good graduation speech: a tale of three speakers

How to give a good graduation speech: a tale of three speakers

In my time, I’ve taken part in quite a few graduation ceremonies, including the one where the guest of honour told her audience to stop singing, and listen to what she had to say. I’ve made speeches, handed out certificates, smiled, shaken hands, and mispronounced names. Fortunately, graduations being a time to celebrate achievements with … Continued

Leadership Training: what can you teach in one session?

Leadership Training: what can you teach in one session?

Some people start with leadership theory. I start where the learners are. As a trainer or teacher, how do you engage people in a conversation about leadership? Leadership is complex and context dependent. Some people begin with leadership theory. I work with the people in the room, and the experience that they bring. This blog … Continued

The Deep Dive: how writing helped me to find out what I do

The Deep Dive: how writing helped me to find out what I do

It took me more than six months to write the copy for my website KellowLearning.com. I don’t regret the time I spent because the act of writing about leadership and learning helped me to discover what I think. Writing about what I do, day after day, was a ‘deep dive’ into who I am, and what I do. And the benefit of the ‘deep dive’ is that I was able to make a far better website than I could ever have imagined.

Natural Facilitation: How to design better meetings

Natural Facilitation: How to design better meetings

Who likes going to meetings? Honestly? Good facilitation can make the difference between having a productive and enjoyable meeting, and having to start all over again. As a facilitator, my aim is to create the best possible experience for my client, and for the meeting delegates. Here are some of the principles and approaches I keep in mind when designing meetings.

The Pixar Pitch and Other Sales Tips from Dan Pink

The Pixar Pitch and Other Sales Tips from Dan Pink

If you need to brush up your selling and influencing skills, Dan Pink’s new book ‘To Sell is Human’ has some practical suggestions. Though I would not recommend all of them to all of my friends. Because selling is very personal, and you have to be yourself to engage people. As I found out. But I’ll tell you about that later.

Becoming a coach: me and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Becoming a coach: me and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

I’ve got a permanent sugar rush of thoughts and feelings about coaching and training. I’m like Monsieur Jourdain in Moliere’s ‘Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme’, who discovered that, all his life, he had been speaking prose without knowing it.