Category Archives: Leadership

Be More Punk

‘Anger is an energy’, says John Lydon, as the title of his autobiography. As Johnny Rotten, that energy was always close to the surface. But energy changes over time, and i was not alone in my surprise when Rotten was … Continue reading

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The Mechanisms of Storytelling Certification

A short #WorkingOutLoud post, following yesterday’s introduction of the draft content for the Social Leadership Storytelling Certification that i’m developing throughout June. The image below is intended to illustrate the design approach: introducing key ideas, to provide a framework of … Continue reading

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Intent into Action

The challenge of moving from ‘intent’ into ‘action’ is one that lies at the heart of countless self help books on habit formation and change programmes. Intent is easy to have, action harder, not specifically because it requires us to … Continue reading

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Building Social Leadership Circles

Social Leadership grows as a movement: not imposed from the top, but rather connected through every level. It does not follow the boundaries and structure of the formal hierarchy, but instead reaches out through bonds of trust, and new conversations. … Continue reading

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Why Kindness Counts

Again, today, i found myself shying away from saying ‘kindness counts’, or rather i found myself apologising for saying it. Whenever i use the term, i fear it sounds weak, it sounds like a predictable liberal statement, more about ‘niceness’ … Continue reading

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The Liberation of Less: Beyond Embodied Authority

Now that i’m into the flow, i’m rather enjoying the editing process for ‘The Change Handbook’. Today, i’ve completed the section on ‘Authenticity’, exploring how, if we lack authenticity in our storytelling, it can be harder to effect change. “Be … Continue reading

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Not What You Take, But What You Give

So much of our power, as leaders, lies in creating space: not spaces for us to broadcast or control, but rather to facilitate, and to listen. There are times when we need our formal voice, when we can use the … Continue reading

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