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May 2024

It’s not fair

As we saw in Harry Potter, Voldermot is so feared in the wizarding world that it is considered dangerous even to speak his name. Much of my work surfaces these unspoken elements, the things that can’t be said.  So let’s talk about fairness…

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April 2024

The Silent killer of start-ups

I have been supporting clients to navigate the silent killer of start-ups : co-founder conflict. If you are curious why doing nothing is not the best strategy read my article in Startups Magazine.

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March 2024

Political correctness gone mad?

Not dissimilar to Neo in the Matrix, I regularly face a red pill, blue pill moment.  I have to choose between being a progressive consultant supporting workplaces to be respectful and inclusive (choose your positive adjective) whilst knowing that on the inside I have a potty mouth & a naughty sense of humour.

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September 2023

What the f**k is “being strategic”?

If you have seen the Wizard of Oz, you will remember the moment of shock when Toto pulls back the curtain to see the Wizard (Spoiler alert!) is a fraud. For me, this is just like the moment it is suggested you need to more “strategic” and you wonder what is behind that curtain.  

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June 2023

Have you got a stuck relationship?

Over the last few months I have been supporting a number of clients where work relationships feel stuck and difficult. When dealing with conflict, here are some ideas to shape what you do and how you do it.

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February 2023

But, WHY can’t I push harder?

I sniggering out loud yesterday (bad girl!), when a riled up coaching client said, “can’t I just tell them they have to do it”.  I really appreciate his trust in me to be honest about what he was really thinking.  He was talking about something that repeatedly had not happened.  My question to him was, “how is that working out for you?” (a totally leading question!) and he smirked knowingly and admitted, “not so much”.

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January 2023

Fed up with feeling stuck

When things feel stuck we can feel lost, unable to see the “wood for the trees”.  When this happens some people “push through”, some put their head in the sand and others start doing something in the belief that doing something is better than nothing (guilty as charged!).  But what I consistently find is that it is actually our own habits about how we see problems that causes us to get stuck in the first place.

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January 2022

Tuning into your confidence

Our days are full of complex and messy problems, and so it’s not surprising that we might doubt ourselves and our ability to do the right thing.  So I wanted to share some wisdom about confidence that I and my clients find helpful.  

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June 2021

How to avoid getting stuck, by doing endings well

I work with clients who feel stuck, or are involved in complex & messy problems.  Their experiences, inspire me to keep learning and writing about what I know in my blogs.

For many people who are stuck, they are at a point of transition e.g. starting a new job, or wondering what to do after failing to get a promotion, or being made redundant.  Noticing this got me curious about the how we experience transitions.  

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April 2021

Expanding psychological safety in your team

When I am supporting clients with complex & messy problems, one of the things I look how much psychological safety exists. Because without it, people won’t feel safe to name what is happening.    Much has been written about the nation’s mood and an overall dip in psychological safety during the pandemic. So I want to offer some thinking about how we can expand psychological safety for ourselves and our teams.  

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December 2020

What’s your mood?

I have a guilty confession:  I have stopped watching the news. If you want to know why, read this blog

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October 2020

What has the Pandemic made possible?

In a catch up with an HR Director recently, we compared notes on our lockdown experience and learning.  She has a number of challenges to navigate; reopening a venue that has been closed to the public, balancing the books as customer visits are controlled, and answering some big questions that have arisen about purpose. She sat back in her chair, and asked me the question: “If you were me, what would you be thinking about?”

It’s a great question. Read this blog for my answer

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July 2020

Lockdown wisdom

Being at home during Lockdown as events have unfolded around the world, has given us time to think. I have noticed in clients and myself that big questions are coming to the forefront.  These questions often relate to complex and messy subjects like climate change, racial bias, and how you want to work going forward.    

Many of these questions have been lurking in our subconscious, and we have been too busy to contemplate them.  The disruption is offering us some wisdom:   invitations to contemplate our work, our lives what we care about and how aligned it all is.

With this in mind, I wanted to share a story from a client, who took a stand for what she believes in & created change as a result.

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April 2020

Leading through extraordinary events

A webinar aimed at HR teams, where we explore what it means to lead in these extraordinary times.  Opened and hosted by Richard Goff, the Chair of The People Director Partnership. 

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February 2020

Stories from the front line of HR

A conversation between Nick Kingma from HG Capital (private equity firm targeting technology buyouts) and myself talking about how HR can partner with a business to add value and what I have learnt about doing this.

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December 2019

Fresh perspective for those working in ‘back office’ roles

Are you curious about how you can have a greater impact in your role? Are you in a back office team, and want to build more powerful partnerships? Do you feel ‘done to’ and want to understand how you could do something to change this?

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August 2019

The productivity trap, we fall into

When you’ve had a great day and someone asks you: “How was your day?”
Do you answer: “I got a lot done. Lots of stuff sorted and ticked off my list.” If that’s your answer – watch out. Want to know why? Listen to this blog

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July 2019

The art of stillness

If you would like some inspiration about stillness and it’s powerful impact on our lives, watch this fascinating 15 minutes TED talk

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June 2019

Keeping yourself relevant in this changing world

Are you nervous about how you keep yourself relevant in this changing world? Do you wonder how to tackle the challenges on your horizon? Do you want to find ways to develop new solutions? As I progressed in my HR career, I relished opportunities to deepen my expertise. Always up for learning a new method

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April 2019

Ethical dilemmas

There’s no such thing as a black and white ethical dilemma. So how can HR practitioners develop their personal ethics so they can help their organisations navigate the grey areas?

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March 2019

Being explicit about how we work together

Have you faced a change in circumstances and realised you aren’t talking about how this changes your ways of working? Have you started a project, knowing what it would take to succeed, but struggled to share this insight? Have you worked with people where your different approaches are stopping you from working together successfully?

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February 2019

How do you deal with Imposter Syndrome?

Do you worry about being found out as a fraud? Are you convinced that luck is the only reason you have your job? Has you inner critic been so loud you can’t hear yourself think? Have you felt inadequate when comparing yourself to your colleagues?

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December 2018

How To Keep Your Job As Your Startup Grows

If you are an early company employee, it’s not likely that the skills you have on day one are the skills needed as the company scales to the next level.

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November 2018

How the Chief People Officer is the CMO of the Employee Experience

A great article that argues that like a CMO, The Chief People Officer (CPO) creates an engaged community of people: people who are all working together toward the common goal of making an organisation the best it can be. Not only is it a critical strategic responsibility of the CPO, it is also essential to the business, customers and investors.

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October 2018

My Entrepreneurial Journey

A short account of what I have noticed about the emotional rollercoaster of entrepreneurship on my journey so far.

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September 2018

What social media means for your reputation amongst prospective employees

The transparency enabled by social media means organisational boundaries are made of glass. Through on-line reviews & ratings, your company culture becomes the brand presented to the talent you want to hire. If you want to know what this means for you, have a look at this article.

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August 2018

How to get the most out of your meetings

A recent Harvard Business Review report found that executives spend an average of nearly 23 hours a week in meetings, which means they spend over half of their working lives in them.  So we shouldn’t be surprised that when asked about their experience, senior leaders describe feeling “overwhelmed by their meetings”.  Given this, how do we ensure meetings enable meaningful conversations rather than a distraction from ’real work’?

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July 2018

How to build (and rebuild) trust

Trust is the foundation for everything we do. But what do we do when it’s broken? In an eye-opening talk, Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei gives a crash course in trust: how to build it, maintain it and rebuild it — something she worked on during a recent stint at Uber. “If we can learn to trust one another more, we can have unprecedented human progress,” Frei says

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March 2018

TED Talk: Dare to disagree

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but Margaret Heffernan shows that good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

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February 2018

Risk Management in an age of uncertainty

An article exploring how we embrace the age of uncertainty, by creating cultures where employees embrace the unknown. It argues that unless we are nuanced, thoughtful and agile about risk, we will fail to capitalise quickly enough on opportunities (e.g. digitise, emergent business models). It highlights the need to build our capacity to lead through uncertainty. I am privileged to contribute to the piece.

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January 2018

Leading through extraordinary events

The top news story today is “deplorable” revelations about a men-only fundraising dinner, as guests rush to distance themselves from the Presidents Club charity, and beneficiaries vow to return sizeable donations. If your business is involved, watch this podcast to help you consider how to lead your business through extraordinary events.

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December 2017

The Law of Thirds

When trying to create change in our organisations, we have to choose who to spend time with, to get the biggest return. Patrick Lencioni argues the value of focusing on the supporters, rather than pleasing the Naysayers.

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October 2017

The interaction between alcohol and wellbeing: an HR and Legal Perspective

Yesterday I spoke at London’s Wellbeing at Work conference (https://lnkd.in/dXU5Add) : focused on the latest developments and successes to help individuals thrive in organisations. But how do you create a healthy culture when alcohol is often an intrinsic part of our “work hard, play hard” approach?

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September 2017

In 2017, your internal culture *is* your brand

A powerful argument that our organisations have moved from being black to glass boxes, which means your culture is your evolving brand, and so it follows that your employees are the marketing department.

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August 2017

Coaching in a crisis

We live in a world of uncertainty and issues can quickly escalate in any business sector. This article gives ideas on how to create a healthy dialogue with your people when difficult things are happening.

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July 2017

Internal dimensions of a crisis

The world continues to experience extraordinary events, so we need to help leaders to manage conversations externally AND with staff. A sustainable reputation has to be lived internally and employee’s can’t advocate their organisation if they feel ignored, embarrassed and angry. Here is an explanation of why I feel passionately about this.

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June 2017

Art of asking for help

I find it difficult to ask for help, and I know I am not alone.  Because it feels awkward, this article helped me see how imprecise it make me (and hence difficult to help!).   The list included in this article, shows how to be more precise.

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May 2017

Edelman 2017 Trust Barometer

Great data in the Edelman Trust survey: (1) in the UK, only 57% of employees trust their company & only 37% rate their CEO as creditable (2) how leaders treat employees & their ability to take responsible actions to address a crisis are two of attributes where leaders are seen as under performing the most

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March 2017

Want high productivity after job cuts? Make space for grief!

In organisations we don’t talk about the guilt of gaining (or keeping) a job when a colleague loses theirs. Sure the guilt and pain or organisational cuts is much lighter than those of disasters, but the impact is still very real. A great article by Noomi, who describes why survivor guilt happens, what can happen when it does and how you can help your team work through it.

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