Many thanks to Tamara Essex for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog award.  What a lovely thing to do!  In case you haven’t seen hers, and she has two, they’re always worth reading and are practical and informative – in the case of her consultancy blog – and touching, funny, and thought provoking –…

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A few days before Christmas, I found myself in tears watching the Frank Capra classic with James Stewart.  “It’s a Wonderful Life” is the Christmas movie of all Christmas movies.  If you haven’t seen it, here’s the gist: George Bailey has always done the “right thing”, from rescuing his brother who’d fallen through the ice…

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I’m writing this article wearing my chief executive of SHARE Community hat (hard hat? train guard’s peaked cap? wide-brimmed straw hat decorated with shiny cherries and gingham ribbon? chic beret?) because I want to share something with everyone else who’s in a leadership role.  Following a recommendation by our Investors in People assessor (we achieved…

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One of the advantages to having trained as an executive coach with the excellent School of Coaching is the ongoing access to professional development events.  Last week’s event, led by Professor Peter Hawkins, was particularly stimulating.  It was a masterclass in leadership team coaching, and challenged those of us participating on a number of levels. …

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I am on a crusade, and I’m inviting you to join me.  Now’s a good time to start, if you haven’t  done so already: think of it as a post-May Day revolution.  You don’t have to take to the streets, or brandish placards.  There aren’t any petitions, or at least, I don’t think there are. …

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You remember Pollyanna, don’t you?  First cousin to Anne of Green Gables? (I’ve already lost my male readers…come back, this won’t take long)  Created in 1913 by Eleanor Porter, little Pollyanna, despite being orphaned, was relentlessly optimistic and invented the  “glad game” where she looked for the positive in adversity.  The stories may be dated…

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  I was going to write about the riots.  That was last week.  I started to write, I started from the point of view of my little niece who watched Croydon burn from her 9th floor window.  I stopped while I read what other, more clever people were writing.  I reflected a lot: wasn’t there…

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The scandal of Castelbeck and Winterbourne View which broke as a result of the Panorama undercover investigation has appalled the nation, and I’ve already retweeted some of the learned articles from the Guardian and Independent.  I’m left with a whole range of feelings.  Like my colleague and deputy at SHARE, I’m so proud to be…

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