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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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Wholehearted collaboration

How wholehearted is your approach to collaboration? The three c’s of bringing your whole self into every collaborative endeavor, and what can happen when you do. This is a quote from Kate Tapper’s recent blog ‘Is your collaboration wholehearted? Three ways you’ll know…‘. Kate is the founder of Bud Development, helping people meet the human challenges that limit and stifle…

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Intentional curiosity

Rather than seeing ‘not knowing the answer’ as a deficit, we should flip our perspective and embrace this as our moment to practise intentional curiosity. Curiosity to find out what could be possible. If we were to ask more questions instead of giving more answers, how much more creative, engaged and inspired might our professional lives, and those of the…

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How to be a better listener

How well do you listen to the people around you? Listening actively to others and bringing your whole self into a conversation isn’t an easy thing to do. But when you listen with genuine curiosity and humility, it helps you to suspend quick judgement, avoid making assumptions, and be present for the people you work with and care for. This is a…

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Why teaching and learning needs a narrative

What does narrative really mean, in tangible terms, for the work we do in higher education? This week’s G&T points to how narrative impacts everyone involved in creating a cohesive and compelling teaching and learning agenda – from students to staff, at subject, programme and institutional level. Borrowed from our latest blog by our newest team member, Graham Holden examines…

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Perspective is everything

When we’re in the midst of change or challenge, the most attractive option can feel like hitting the pause button. Perhaps we hope to stop altogether and bow out from what we started. Things might’ve gotten harder, more convoluted. But before you reach for the red button, consider this first: perspective is everything.     When you’re on a journey,…

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How do you influence well?

How do you influence well? It begins with being curious and by asking questions. Used well, questions can help steer us away from finding fault with ideas, and instead enable us to appreciate possibilities and solutions. Next time you’re looking for solutions, try these as a starter for ten. We’re often asked about ‘the art of influencing’, which led us…

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Learning to live with ambiguity

Though we might’ve hoped for a different outcome, today was the day earmarked for change. Change is often unnerving, and living with ambiguity more so. Here’s a quote from Joseph Kaufman’s How to Fight a Hydra capturing the mood of the unknown.     Joseph Kaufman is a well-known author, whose books focus on business, entrepreneurship, creativity, productivity and practical…

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