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May 3, 2019

This blog originally appeared as an article on on 20 March 2019

Abuse scandals. Misappropriated funds. Toxic workplaces. Funding crises. Failed mergers. Closures. Layoffs.

I’m talking there about charities, not profit-hungry corporations. It sometimes feels l...

April 5, 2019

It's all change around here

Large-scale structural change is a fact of organisational life. Mergers, acquisitions, shifts in markets, outsourcing of services, increasing automation in previously “safe” occupations – we could go on and on.

When such changes are announced,...

March 14, 2019

How OK is it to stay doing what we do, and just turn up and do a good job?

This question has come up in a number of guises this week. The coaching and self-development industry can be ardent in encouraging us to always change – is that always a good or necessary thing?


February 7, 2019

Recently, an overseas coaching client presented me with an interesting question relating to her own development as a leader and business partner. Would she do better, she wondered, to identify role models that she could learn from and emulate; or instead to invest in u...

May 1, 2018

For over a decade now, what is sometimes called the 'nine-box grid' or 'high-potential' model for mapping the performance and potential of corporate employees has been in vogue. It looks something like this:

The seductive idea is that the golden girls and boys in t...

February 21, 2018

I wrote this article in 2014, using the story of Mandela's "Long Walk to Freedom" in South Africa as an example of change theory in action. Having recently rediscovered it, the lessons seem to be just as relevant now. Let me know what you think.

John Kotter, the change...

December 1, 2017

This story starts and ends with an extraordinary organisation called OnPurpose, which develops future leaders for social enterprises and other organisations with a strong social and environmental purpose. I have been involved in their coaching programme for a few years...

October 3, 2017

Many of the organisations I am fortunate to work with are in the non-profit or social enterprise world. In these sectors, the governance model combines many of the legal responsibilities of being a Company Director or Professional Partner with the reality that Board Me...

September 6, 2017

Bittersweet Symphony of Life

Combining teams with different cultures, inside or across organisations, creates unique opportunities – access to different resources, disruptive thinking, cognitive diversity – and challenges. How to get it right?

Let’s recap with three of t...

July 11, 2017

Matching the components of team performance to Tuckman’s four development stages

From forming to performing (and adjourning)

Many managers and coaches will be familiar with Bruce Tuckman’s four stages of team development, defined in 1965: forming, storming, norming and p...

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