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What should we expect in the new academic year?

What values will we choose to shape 2020-21? Tweeting with staff developers and coaches, we lift the lid on what leadership, stories and purpose are being called for in the new academic year. As we step into a new academic year, we asked staff developers and coaches what values are being discussed in their institutions? How is their sense of…

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The time to act is now: Embracing the leader within

In the frame of Black Lives Matter, is it time to find more fundamental ways to open our hearts and minds to greater humility, humanity and bravery in building our cultures at work? Undoubtedly, yes. But who should we look to, to unlock this potential? There’s a subdued frisson in the air. That ‘back to school’ feeling. September is around…

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Chapter seventeen: Q-r

Questions can be very useful in helping you get started on a piece of writing. Why should this be so? Aren’t questions inevitably a sign of some uncertainty? What if we want to give the impression that we are totally in control of our case? Relax. You can still be in control because the process of raising questions leads you…

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Chapter sixteen: P-q

Punctuation is the cause of many problems. Some people get irritated by it because they see it as pedantry. Do they they do. It’s not pedantry – it’s fundamental to meaning. I liked the novelist Donna Tartt saying that she could happily spend a morning just moving a comma around. Clarity needs to be a fundamental principle of business writing,…

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An appetite for leadership – what’s on the menu?

At the same time as restaurants are opening up again, university colleagues who are hungry for leadership might find opportunities to make an impact by trying something different on the menu. Academic Director Paul Gentle explores. One thing has become crystal clear to me since I started facilitating online programmes recently: there’s some outstanding work being done by academic and professional…

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Chapter fifteen: O-p

Once I selected poems for all the members of the company where I was working. I invited them to live with the poem, reading it regularly, allowing meaning to inform them over time. I gave this poem by William Carlos Williams to the marketing director: This is just to say I have eatenthe plumsthat were inthe icebox and whichyou were…

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Writing to engage people online

Louise Clifton examines why bringing humanity to your writing is essential to engage people online, and how you can get people to stick around to read what you’ve written. Technology has changed our habits. We often talk about Generation Z’s diminishing attention span, but few of us are immune from some (or all) of this behaviour. Before Covid, and probably…

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Chapter fourteen: N-o

We do language. That is how civilisations heal.” Toni Morrison Nothing will come of nothing, as we know from King Lear. By this Lear meant that his daughter Cordelia would get no part of the inheritance if she refused to say what she believed would be false words. Of course, we’re all on Cordelia’s side. Her arguments are perfectly reasonable…

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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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