Elevate Blog

Leadership: ‘It’s nothing personal, it’s just business.’

When we work with people we know that those people have a wonderful, expansive, creative layer of emotions. When engaged, those emotions thrill us when we have a great day, they intuitively guide our decisions when we listen to them, they excite us when we get something right or do something well and they motivate us when we connect with others in a positive way…. you with me? However, when they are ignored or dismissed by the ‘It’s not personal, it’s business’ mindset we feel crushed. Why does this keep happening? What can we do? ….

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Leadership and spirituality … how does that fit?

I met a wonderful pragmatist on a programme I ran recently. He questioned the concept of ‘spirituality’ …. It’s not the first time and hasn’t only been questioned by the pragmatists I work with. It’s a good question, so I thought I’d enjoy getting curious myself and pen down some thoughts and feelings. What part does spirituality play in our leadership? Is it playing a part even if we don’t think we’re spiritual? …

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Simple questions to help you with purpose.

For a worryingly large amount of people in work, ‘purpose’ is something that other people have. Some remain blissfully unaware of their own reason for being, living for the day and enjoying what each moment brings. Others however, carry around a sense of something lacking which often shows up as frustration or anxiety even. This blog starts your journey of being more purposeful …. (and it really is very straightforward)….

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End of an era?

It was first thing one Tuesday and I found myself sadly penning an email I wasn’t expecting to be writing…It was, as it turned out, about the end of an era. So, this blog is about endings, how good are you at endings? …Often we close things off in our business world before our mind and body have time to work it through….

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Being mindful about introducing ‘mindfulness’

I’m very privileged to work on a project set up by the charity Art Against Knives … to create new possibilities for young people impacted or affected by domestic abuse or violent crime. Before my second session with the young women I was awake early. I was musing, (as I do often), about how to best ensure the content of this session lands well with the group… I had been asked to talk about Mindfulness…

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Great book on leadership

This is a wonderful resource for any practitioner or leader who is trying to make sense of the complexities of leading a team and/or organisation. It offers so much that since reading it I have used it in some way with every client I’ve worked with since.

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