Category Archives: Culture

Reframing Brexit

The UK is fractured by Brexit. The arguments, both for, and against, are largely tribal and intractable. And of one thing i am sure: whichever side ‘wins’, it will also lose. Unity is not something that can be imposed. And … Continue reading

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The Price of Gratitude

I wrote a ‘thank you’ note today, digging my fountain pen out of the drawer to do so. It took me back to a previous era (one in which i used my fountain pen often enough that i did not … Continue reading

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Social Leadership Leaves: Tokens, Totems, Rituals, and Gift

I’m visiting my friend Imogen today, a wonderful potter, in her new studio, to discuss creating some Social Leadership leaves: these will be small ceramic pieces, representing the leaves of Social Leadership Trees, and carrying personal messages. These are pieces … Continue reading

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Circling Culture

I’ve been in several conversations over the last week about culture: ‘trust’ cultures, ‘learning’ cultures, ‘toxic’ cultures, and ‘fair’ culture, all aspects of, i suspect, a desired congruent and coherent culture. ‘Congruent’, because the isolated culture of an Organisation exists … Continue reading

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Engaging Power [4]: Diffusion

How do we fight, how do we conquer? In oppositional models of power, we deploy overwhelming force, to disrupt the structure. The sledgehammer solution. But when the structures of violence are held within coherent social units, the sledgehammer reinforces them. … Continue reading

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Engaging Power [3]: Loci

There is always a locus of engagement, a point where we are anchored. Multiple points maybe, for different contexts of our lives, but some place, or thing, that acts as the tether. If you are at school, the loci may … Continue reading

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Extraditing Values: Convenient Principles

The UK government has confirmed that it will extradite two terrorist suspects to the US, without demanding a guarantee that they won’t face the death penalty. This is unusual: as a point of principle, the UK does not support the … Continue reading

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