Category Archive: Themes

Jan 17

Colour my creativity

A case study about making conscious colour choices in a pre-school daycare facility The first thing that struck me about Kate and Cher when I talked to them about the nursery they were planning to open, was how strongly they cared about the ethos of what they were doing. They are passionate about offering a …

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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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Jun 26

Your True Colors

Do you know that the colour of underwear that you are wearing will affect your personal power? And of course the colour of your logo, your front door and your website. Now you do, you might be curious to find out how to get these factors working for you. In my book ‘Your True Colors’ …

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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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Jan 10

Everything is…

Everything is relevant. And everything can be challenged. That is my premise for how I approach my paid work, my voluntary work, my socialising… in fact my whole life. A few months ago I found myself sitting in a room in a refugee camp in the Middle East. There was a circle of us (I …

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Dec 10

Art and wellbeing in adversity

This article first appeared onexpatsinbiz.comm Catherine’s story in a nutshell: I have travelled extensively throughout my adult life. 70 countries and counting. Mostly for work. Many of them are beautiful, others I can cross off the list and won’t be going back to. All of them have taught me something and some have changed my …

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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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