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How to be a leadership catalyst

How to be a leadership catalyst

D A Henderson Head of the WHO programme that eradicated smallpox “I was reading about this guy who showed incredible leadership,” began Hugh, and I knew exactly who he meant. Although Hugh lives near Montreal and I live in London, both of us had locked on to a leadership story about Donald Ainslie Henderson, an … Continued

Everything’s going to be all right: the power of leadership narratives

Everything’s going to be all right: the power of leadership narratives

  How to construct leadership narratives is likely to be a talking point on the new NCVO programme Charity Leadership in the 2020s that I am co-creating with Rebecca Nestor. Here’s what I’m noticing and thinking as the programme takes shape. If you have been into a gift shop in the last year or so you will probably have … Continued

Living in the now: In praise of a very fine yoga teacher

Living in the now: In praise of a very fine yoga teacher

In praise of a fine yoga teacher who taught her last class at the YMCA today Frances Jordan is a very fine yoga teacher indeed. Frances encourages people in her classes to be fully present, and happy with the way they are. That’s a challenge for most Londoners… None of her classes is ever the … Continued

I love a good teacher

I love a good teacher

I’m never happier than when I am learning from a good teacher. At school, I always got better grades if I had confidence in the teacher. Now that I am properly middle aged, I still learn better if I trust my teacher. I listen better, I try harder, and I have more fun. Verbal, vocal … Continued

Six Training Hats

Six Training Hats

People who work with groups wear different hats. I’ve learned a lot from the gym instructors at the London Central YMCA who don’t actually wear hats, yet. “Don’t give up now, push yourself, see if you can work just a little bit faster” The YMCA instructors motivate and manage groups of people – mainly office … 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

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

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

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

Leadership Tendencies in 2014: the banker, the nun, and the business professor

Leadership Tendencies in 2014: the banker, the nun, and the business professor

What’s new and good in the field of leadership and sustainability? It’s good that Barclays Bank boss, Antony Jenkins, is encouraging his staff to learn from the example of Sister Mary Owens, who cares for children with HIV in Kenya. The essence of good leadership, said Jenkins on BBC Radio, “is about having an impact … Continued