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Who am I now? A journey to find professional purpose

In November 2015, Coach and Consultant Maeve Lankford took a leap and left her job to start up on her own. This radical shift encouraged Maeve to consider her professional purpose: who is she now? At the same time, higher education in Maeve’s native Ireland was also facing considerable change brought about by a new national strategy published in 2011…

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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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Invisible Grail is growing: three new colleagues join the family

Dr Graham Holden, Helen Teague and Phil McNaull join Invisible Grail to unlock the potential of narrative and storytelling for people in Higher Education. Invisible Grail is delighted to be welcoming three new colleagues – Dr Graham Holden, Helen Teague and Phil McNaull – as the newest additions to the Invisible Grail family. Drawing on their unique areas of expertise…

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Chasing the unicorn – restoring elusive conversations

Meetings, emails, packed agendas: 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. In this maelstrom of daily office life, where are we making room for building genuine human connections, through simple things like conversations, with the people we work…

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What’s your story?

What are the stories you’ve adopted that shape your professional journey? Helen Teague explores how we create our own narratives and how these can be used to help or hinder our professional growth. She asks: What chapter are you on? Are you tuning into the narrative you’re telling yourself and others? And offers some tips and questions to help guide…

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How sticky is your TEF submission?

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) isn’t all about metrics. It’s also about the story you tell. Graham Holden offers advice on how to tap into the best, stickiest parts of the student experience, and translate this into a compelling narrative. Great stories engage us, draw us in and implore us to read on even when the subject matter is challenging…

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A professional narrative: who we are and what we do

What is a professional narrative? How do we know when we have one? And do we even need one? Louise Clifton explores how values, voice and purpose shape our individual and collective narratives, and how these reflect who we are and what we do. A career is what you do, not who you are. I saw this tweeted recently. The…

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A million voices, telling the story of your university

Within and beyond our university walls there are thousands of stories. These are the foundations of our individual and collective narratives. They are the key to help us understand how to connect better with each other, and ourselves. What are the stories being told at your institution? Here is a small selection we’ve heard over the last two years. Stories…

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The power of not knowing

How confident are you to say that you don’t have the answer? Not knowing is powerful. It encourages us to question, rather than assume. It enables us to share expertise and promises collective enquiry. This is why it’s important, and it’s why we need to flip our mindset from seeing ‘not knowing’ as a deficit, to becoming intentionally more curious. ‘We’re at our best…

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