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September 5, 2017

I loved this article last year from Lauren Laverne in the Pool, expressing what I have felt for a very long time; September is the real start of the new year. Ingrained from over 20 years of education the sense of excitement about new opportunities I experience as the...

August 15, 2017

The issue of skills is so often integral to most of the current national and more local headlines - be that Brexit, immigration, the NHS recruitment difficulties, poverty and/ or inequality. Although 'skills' rarely in and of itself makes the headlines. Aside from what...

August 15, 2017

"You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run..."

Don Schlitz  (released by Kenny Rogers, 1978)

I've been thinking a lot lately about 'advice'. With my ongoing boat renovation project I am asking for a lot of...

August 8, 2017

I think of coaching as offering you 'heads-up navigation' to make change happen. Navigating is an activity I am regularly engaged in through both orienteering and sailing, as well as the more day-to-day of 'getting to places'. Spending time outdoors looking at and read...

August 8, 2017

A few weeks ago I met someone new, and so followed the inevitable conversation about what our respective jobs were. An interesting discussion emerged enabling me to share my passions on the whys, whats and wherefores of being a 'coach'. And then I was surprised to be a...

August 1, 2017

"Comfort zones are most often expanded through discomfort", Peter McWilliams

The language that we use to talk about learning and discovering new things matters.

This was brought home to me last week when I was talking to my colleague Sue about the work I have started on...

July 28, 2017

Earlier this year I had the chance to meet up with Jon Alexander.  Jon is a driving force behind New Citizenship Project and #citizenshift.   In our conversation we discussed the potential for our new Metro Mayors in the UK to help lead and facilitate a different...

July 27, 2017

We enjoy connecting and collaborating with other people working with purpose across a plurality of spaces and take great pleasure and learning from working on both a local and an international basis but over the last year we've found ourselves increasingly drawn to the...

July 17, 2017

Between Brexit and the "ultimate deal maker" that is the American President, negotiation is having something of a heyday in our popular consciousness currently. If you think about it though you don't have to be Minister for Exiting the European Union for negotiation to...

July 13, 2017

(A shortened version of this article first appeared in Local Government Chronicle)

The lack of women's representation and voice, and lack of diversity more broadly, in devolved decision-making has been starkly visible over the last two years - from the ‘pale, male' imag...

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