System Addict

The 80s pop group Five Star sang about systems in one of their most famous hits "System Addict", where they warbled about their connection to electronic systems of music (keyboard, Walkman etc.). This blogpost is sadly nowhere near creative or catchy as their song, but its reference here is my vaguely clever/lazy and convenient segue…

Reflections on our climate emergency #1

Whoever we are, whatever we do, and wherever we live, every single one of us will be increasingly affected by anthropogenic climate change and the world’s unfolding sixth mass extinction. My wake-up call I remember being concerned about the health and wellbeing of planet earth from a relatively young age. My first proper wake-up call…

Have you got around to it?

When I was a young teenager, my parents - much to their delight and amusement - gave me a souvenir plate to hang in my room. The plate had printed words across it, duly explaining what the plate was: a Round Tuit. I inherited the Round Tuit from my Grandpa....one of a number of artefacts, heirlooms and nick-nacks…

Abby in OD Wonderland

I originally posted this on my old blog after attending the OD Network Europe (ODNE) conference in 2015. I am happy to republish it again here. What is your story? Once upon a time a kind-hearted and determined woman called Abby won a golden ticket to enter the magical Kingdom of Roffey Park. It sat…

The seeds of Grit

I read an interesting book recently, titled "Grit: Why passion and resilience are the secrets to success". The author, psychologist Angela Duckworth, posits that regardless of the natural ability we already have, the development and application of "grit" is one of the key ingredients that more than likely will propel us towards success and achievement…

What do you bring to the room?

How you show up matters. Whether you like it or not, your arrival to, presence at, and departure from, a situation has an impact of some kind on those who are there. Big or small, mindful or thoughtless, loud or quiet, active or reflective. It matters. What you say, how you behave, how you look,…

The consultancy spectrum

A stereotypical image of a 'consultant' (and there are different consultants out there - but let's go with management consultant for now) is someone who is expert in their chosen field; they 'fly' into an organisation or situation; analyse, diagnose, advise, impart their wisdom, and intervene to 'fix' whatever needs sorting out. Superman/Wonder Woman both…

Finding my voice

I have been reflecting on the development programme I attended last year. It was a rich learning experience - really good to get 'back in the classroom' and oil my brain cogs, particularly as I am usually the facilitator... The first afternoon of the five-day programme (which was delivered over four months) was spent reflecting…