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The one in front of you

We have just returned from what proved to be an awesome “big trip”away to India, Africa and Asia and as ever there was so much to learn about what it means to be an effective leader.  On our way back from Mozambique, we touched down at a small airport in Pemba and I had the joy and privilege of meeting one of my personal heroes- an amazing woman called Heidi Baker.  Heidi is a small woman with a massive heart and a faith which is nothing short of electric!  What stayed with me though was her comment that she always
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Leading from who you are

What does it really mean to lead from who we are?  In an age when we have a plethora of alternatives- we can be transactional, transformational, distributed, collaborative, situational…….can it really be quite so simple as to, well just be ourselves? Gareth Jones and Rob Goffee (authors of “why should anyone be led by you?”) seem to think so.  Maggie Ellis (Business consultant and Director of “LifeCentre”) who speaks extensively on leading from your “core” seems to think so and whether we are considering our congruent self or our mindful self, there seems to be an increasing momentum towards what
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Influential leaders

I am thrilled to be a semi finalist in the Nat West Venus award in the category of “influential woman of the year” and its caused me to reflect on what it means to extend influence. Here are my reflections: I   Interest in others and a desire to make a difference N  noticing what is important to others and showing understanding of this in your communication F  Feeling what others feel so that you can relate L  Listening to what others have to say U  Understanding what is important to others E  Empathising with the situation, circumstances and feelings of another N  Nurturing
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Intentional leadership

We have all gazed incredulously at gloriously written vision statements, mused at the efficacy of stated organisational missions, and questioned the commonality of stated commonly held values. So, why is it that talk of vision, mission and values is still so….. topical? Perhaps, we could simplify things just a little.  I was challenged during my own supervision this week to consider my intentions.  I was not asked what I wanted to do, or even what I wanted to achieve, but simply what was my intention? And that has got me thinking…. What if the whole vision, mission, values piece is actually about
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Want to ensure your coaching/mentoring remains cutting edge?

Tania West now has some limited spaces available for coaches or mentors seeking supervision for their practice.  According to the Chartered Institute for Personnel Development (CIPD) Supervision is as essential for coaches and mentors as a car service is for a car!   We service our cars not because there is necessarily something wrong with them but because we want to ensure they continue to run well.  The same is true of supervision.  As professional coaches and mentors we want to ensure that we are offering the best possible service to our clients.  Supervision affords us the time and space
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The ties that bind: Attachment and leadership

This blog explores the connection raised by Emma Kate West (MA) between attachment theory and effective management and leadership. Bowlby’s attachment theory outlines how young infants develop attachment to their parents or carers and explores the usually negative effects of lack of attachment.  It is a well established theory and still central to Social work theory and practice today. A question raised by Emma Kate West is how can attachment theory inform our understanding of “good” management and leadership practice? What is it that enables staff teams to form strong and healthy attachments to their managers in a way that
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Making the most of your leadership muscles!

Have you ever had some negative feedback that you just can’t seem to shake off?  Or perhaps you’ve felt let down by a work colleague or manager?  Ever felt frustrated by the machinations of internal politics?  Or felt that your time at that team meeting was frankly completely wasted?  If so, you are not alone.  According to New research from Epson supported by Cebr reveals UK office workers waste 2 hours and 39 minutes in meetings every week which amounts to £26 billion cost to the UK economy!  But its not just the financial cost of getting caught up in negativity,
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Leadership Challenge: Who’s got your remote?

The TV remote control is one of the most coveted items in many households. Ours (more unusually perhaps) is a house of multiple remotes and watching TV has now become so complicated, I have actually pretty much given it up! In essence however, the remote is supposed to make life easier. Just press the button to select a TV channel or a DVD option and “voila” instant response! Our emotional lives are a lot like TV controls. Press the right buttons and instantaneous responses are guaranteed! The question is: who has your remote? Do you have it? do you decide
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Leading a relationally healthy organisation

What does it mean to be relationally healthy? and what effect does this have on the bottom line – service delivery? According to the Relational Health Audit developed by Team Focus there are five essential components of relational health. 1. Parity: the extent to which staff feel there is genuine fairness in terms of pay, conditions, opportunities for promotion, and other opportunities for development. 2. Multiplexity: the extent to which staff at different levels, grades and/or functions have real understanding of each other’s roles.  The theory being that the more staff understand each other’s roles, the more likely they are to think
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Building great followership

As has been wisely said, leaders without followers are simply taking a walk- but what does it mean to create quality follower-ship? In my experience of working with hundreds of executives, managers and CEO’s one critical skill stands out: The ability to build trusting relationships How? Here are three tips: Be appropriately vulnerable- genuine humility is absolutely irresistible it just draws people in. I had the privilege at a recent leadership conference to hear Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Schonborn speak about their own leadership journey; by the end of their interviews over five thousand people were on their feet
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