Tag Archives: Permission

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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A Permission To Be Wrong

I often talk about ‘permission’ an easily shoplifted thing: you can be given it, or you can pick it up and walk away with it. And nobody can stop you. Permission can be granted, or it can be claimed. Not … Continue reading

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Subverting The System

When we look at the behaviours of Social Learning communities, or the behaviours we see in the communities around Social Leadership, we see many that carry positive connotations: nurturing, enabling, challenging, supporting, storytelling, sharing, and rehearsing. But one behaviour stands … Continue reading

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Unheard Wisdom

If we just listen in the spaces that we know, we will just hear what we’ve always heard: is your organisation brave enough to listen to the unheard wisdom? Often organisations are obsessed with how to control the conversation, to … Continue reading

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Reflections on CIPD 2015 HR Conference

There’s an inescapable irony in the fact that the first time i asked someone “What’s the best thing you’ve seen at the HR conference today“, they replied with a case study of a company that’s ditched HR. If the writing … Continue reading

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Heartbeat of the Social Age

With a degree of trepidation i found myself on the roof of the old rum distillery: maybe five floors up and clutching the ladder with white knuckles. It’s not that the ground i stood on was particularly precarious (indeed, it … Continue reading

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CIPD Show 2015 Day 2: Power and Control

“But what will the boss say?” Today is my second day at the CIPD show in London. Yesterday i charted a range of themes and conversations that i felt were prevalent. Today, i wanted to draw together a different perspective: … Continue reading

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