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

Category: Author: Louise Clifton

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, but few of us are immune from some (or all) of this behaviour. Before Covid, and probably still now, much…

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Productive meeting: an oxymoron? blog picture

Reimagined: Productive meeting, an oxymoron?

Meetings are an essential part of working life. They often form the framework to our week and are the cornerstones to our days. So how do you balance getting work done with the myriads of meetings filling your diary? Here are five techniques to help make your meetings more productive, purposeful and maybe even fun. Note from the author to…

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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, Louise Clifton explores. I wrote this blog in early 2019. Back then, I thought I was writing about feedback and…

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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 our educational system? We ask: where are we now, what are the barriers, and what can we do about it?…

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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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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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