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The latest insights on narrative, storytelling and leadership in higher education.

Category: Author: Louise Clifton

Kindness at work: part one

Kindness is something we all connect with, deeply; it’s in our bones. Yet at work, how do we make room for it when other demands on our time and head-space crowd in? Can we design more kindness into our working lives?…read more

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

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

Writing to engage people online

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,…read more
The art of feedback

Reimagined: The art of feedback

Honest feedback is hard. Hard to listen to, and hard to give. So does feedback work best in the structured moments we've made for it? Or should we embrace it in all the moments in-between? Drawing on her own experience,…read more

Where are we now? Higher education, refugees and asylum seekers

Talent and potential aren't linked to where we're born. Each of us has the ability to learn and grow given the right support. So how can higher education institutions help young people from refugee or asylum seeking backgrounds flourish in…read more

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…read more
Kaleidoscope

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…read more