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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

“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

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

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

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

Breathe in, breathe out: how to regain your resilience by Chris Grieve, Executive Director, Edge Certified Foundation

Breathe in, breathe out: how to regain your resilience by Chris Grieve, Executive Director, Edge Certified Foundation

As coaches, facilitators and leaders we are enablers of others’ genius – it is our job to help others access and manifest their potential, their inner genius. In my experience in all three roles, I have discovered that providing people with the tools to do their best thinking, their best work, bring their best selves … 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