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Resilience: The secret sauce

Resilience is robustness and agility. It's what it takes to thrive, not just survive. Sound familiar? Having read dozens of articles on organisational resilience, it always seems to come back to that same mantra. Yet, isn't there something missing? Where…read more

Guest provocateurs joining the Festival of Ideas

Professor Susan Lea, Professor Charlotte Clarke and Professor Michael Harkin will join the Invisible Grail team to talk about strategy, leadership and problem-solving at the Festival of Ideas in April. This April, three senior leaders will be taking part in…read more

Introduction: The A-Z of writing

Two decades ago I wrote a book called The Invisible Grail. It was about writing better stories in and for organisations, because stories matter, they connect. The title is now adopted by us, a company whose aim is to improve…read more

What leaders say

Lessons on compassion, humility and magpie habits Leadership isn’t easy. It asks us to keep our heads engaged, our minds curious and our hearts open. To quote one leader, “to not only live for yourself but to try and impact…read more

Leading with humanity

We’re all human, but is humanity in leadership a given? Particularly when we’re stretched, recognising and prioritising the things that speak to our humanity - purpose, care and curiosity – can help keep us grounded, keep us going, and keep…read more

Louise Clifton

Director of Marketing, Communications and Operations Over the last eight years Louise has crafted a career in marketing and communications within higher education. Louise thrives on working with people to bring alive the stories that show the wider world who…read more

Professor Kamil Omoteso

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences at the University of Derby Professor Kamil Omoteso has many strings to his bow. His role involves both executive leadership of the College, and strategic leadership for…read more

The Generation of 2020

People starting new roles recently have faced unique challenges: How do they connect with colleagues? How do they get to know the quirks of their team or department? Can working online work as well - or better - than being…read more
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University of Hong Kong: Partnership with the Faculty of Science

  Paul has been a great help and collaborator over the last few years as we develop the Faculty’s capability." Professor Matthew Evans Dean of Science The University of Hong Kong Since 2017 we’ve worked with the Faculty of Science…read more

From A to Z: writing that connects

What we say and do are regularly explored as ways we can improve our leadership. But what about what we write? How often do we think about the words that we choose to connect with others? Gathering together 25 insights…read more

Chapter twenty-five: Y-z

You have been with me on this point-to-point exploration for something like 25 steps now. So you know that we’re nearing the end. And you’ve probably guessed that there’s only one subject to end with: endings. Writing is thinking, it…read more