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Chapter eight: H-i

If you want to be more effective in the way you communicate with people, you need to tune in to their imaginations.” How do you make a thought more vivid? Metaphors are certainly one way to do it. Look up ‘metaphor’ in the dictionary and it will say something like ‘figure of speech which points out a resemblance between things’.…

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Friday G&T

Friday G&T

Discover your Friday G&T (Gift & Tonic); a short piece of writing to spark a moment of creativity or create a minute of stillness. Published every Friday, these pieces are here to give your week a little lift. If you would like to receive these directly to your inbox, please email Louise. Being yourself as a leader Friday 15 March 2019…

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aligning strategy with narrative

UWE Bristol: Aligning narrative with strategy

  We were looking for new perspectives of how we as a department could go forward in the future to meet the wider University strategy. Invisible Grail opened up the conversation, made sure collaboration and equality were central to the process and created materials we’ve been able to use and share with colleagues across the University.” Dr Peter Clegg Head…

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Sunlight through leaves

Reimagined: Chasing the unicorn – restoring elusive conversations

Meetings, emails, packed agendas: whether online or in the office, our days at work are full. Yet so much of what we do in these spaces relies on our ability to connect – negotiate, empathise, deliberate – with others. So whilst we work virtually, can we find more room to build deeper, more human and long-lasting connections – through simple…

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Chapter seven: G-h

‘Just give me the headlines’. Gotcha! is the headline many British people think of when headlines are mentioned. It appeared on the front page of the Sun during the Falklands War when the British navy sank the Argentinean ship, the Belgrano. At that time, it reflected the sense of triumphalism Margaret Thatcher had encouraged in the nation when she had…

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Chapter six: F-g

‘F*** business.’ At least Boris Johnson was clear when he uttered those words last year. More recently he’s been pilloried for his lack of clarity, particularly by Matt Lucas’s version of the PM’s speech that, appropriately, ‘went viral’ a few days ago. It went viral because it was funny and true. These were the words spoken by Matt Lucas: “So…

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Love in leadership plant

Love in leadership

Is it time to think about leading with emotions that connect – like love – rather than those that disconnect? Leading with love is a choice. In 2020, let’s start choosing more of it. Is it finally time to think about leading with emotions that connect, rather than disconnect?” In 2020 the world has held a mirror up and asked…

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Chapter five: E-f

Eggs over easy. Remembering business trips to the US and staying in hotels where they offered that almost endless list of American ways of having eggs for breakfast.  This then extended beyond the egg to varieties of pancake, waffle or bread. It became a litany of luxury, the list itself sending a message that implied ‘we have everything’, comfort food…

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Chapter four: D-e

Poetry is a valuable source of emotional support in difficult times.” Do this, don’t do that. Deadlines demand timely headlines. Alliteration and rhyme, the techniques of poetry, do we use them or abuse them? There has been much more awareness of poetry’s relevance to our lives and language since I originally drew attention to poetry in The Invisible Grail twenty…

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