Category Archive: blog

Aug 16

Changing change

I was asked this morning – as I often am – to recommend reading materials on change management. I though for a moment then decided to go for a swim and reply later. Out in the warm sea, relaxed and at ease, I realised my answer was to not recommend reading. How many of those …

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Sep 01

Growing your leadership

I was asked recently for my top tips on this topic. Over the last 30 years I have had the chance to observe and work with many very senior leaders in large organisations. And, equally validly, leaders of very small community and not for profit organisations. Leadership can exist almost anywhere. The person who steps …

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Mar 08

Changing the Logic on philanthropy

  While attending an event at the London Stock Exchange (thankyou Rosa!) this morning for International Women’s Day I got to thinking about how we decide to donate. For years charitable giving was, for some, a power play. A way to show greater success combined with a benign attitude towards the needy. The Lady Bountiful …

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Feb 07

A day in a refugee camp

  The strong wind has whipped sand into the air and darkened the sky. It is cold today and everybody is arriving stamping their feet and rubbing their hands together. Of course it is not cold like winter in Northern Europe, but the difference is we are equipped for it there. The thin metal buildings …

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Jun 03

Declutter your strategy

I have recently embarked on a de-cluttering process in my home. It has been frankly astonishing the amount of detritus my children and I have accumulated. So far 50 sacks of stuff have left the house. 10% to the trash, 20% to recycling and the rest redistributed via charity shops and the ‘Giving Wall’ system …

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May 05

Why I hate teams and love collaboration

When I worked in a large corporate, being a team player was definitely considered to be a Desirable Attribute. It always came up in annual appraisals, I always scored well and I always felt a bit of a fraud.   Because the thing is, I don’t enjoy teams. I didn’t enjoy them in netball at …

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Mar 05

Fresh constructive thinking on gender

Communicating underpins our advances in civilisation. First came spoken language, then writing and printing. Now the internet, and its hard-to-ignore offspring – internet 2.0, offer us an unprecedented opportunity to share ideas, co-create solutions and accelerate both our connectivity and our ability to solve problems. Of course it’s easier said than done. Chatrooms can feel …

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Feb 06

Burn out?

Over the last 12 months I have noticed more and more reference to burn out in client projects. These have spanned various international entities – NGOs, professional membership organisations and international corporates in finance, retail, manufacturing and service delivery. There is a recurring theme, that the work place is getting busier and busier, the expectations …

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Feb 05

Changing the logic on Membership: The 5 top reasons why it’s difficult to appease members

Last year, members of FNV (the Dutch worker’s union) gathered at an FNV Allies conference and, contrary to all expectations, voted against a proposition to merge. This once again showed that it’s difficult to gauge the opinion of members, even if they are involved every step of the way. Why is that? Why do so …

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Nov 02

Sunflowers for Change

New Cross may only be known to you as one of the places where the traffic gets snarled up on its way out of London. But this SE corner of Zone 2 is also home to a vibrant, extremely diverse community, Goldsmiths College and a growing trend of community action. As well as the volunteer …

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