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

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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Empathy: why care?

Empathy: why care?

Does empathy need a business case? Why changing the structures, not the people, can help make more room for empathy in our working lives. And why, business case or not, we should care. Empathy. The irritating hurdle you must jump to convince people that you really do care, when you just want to get the job done. No, this isn’t…

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Is it time for a revolution in higher education?

Should we be thinking harder about the way we work in higher education?  I went to hear from the Corporate Rebels to find out what higher education can learn from game-changing organisations across the world. Here’s what a revolution could look like. Could a university completely decentralise power and structure itself around small, self-managing teams?” Two weeks ago I attended…

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

The inside out approach – let’s stop looking around us for the answers but ask ourselves questions that will help us understand who we are and how we can find steadiness and courage in all that we do. When I was growing up I always found this question daunting – I really didn’t have an answer to what I wanted…

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Fear: unremitting horror or catalyst for change?

We know about the good stuff in leadership – being empathetic, listening attentively, considered feedback – but what about fear? Can something so…horrifying…lead to something positive? Coming soon… to the university where you work… WHEN TERROR OVERCOMES THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM, IT’S COMING FOR YOU NEXT! It’s already there in how we talk. Fear of the Unknown. Dread of what…

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Lucy Butters

Cultural Intelligence expert ‘It always comes back to people and nurturing their capability’. This is the motivation for Lucy Butters, a Cultural Intelligence coach and facilitator. But what does it mean to be ‘culturally intelligent’ and what could a culturally intelligent higher education system look like? Lucy talks me through why we need to ask more questions, more often, and…

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On the benefits of being connected

What are the hallmarks of being a connected leader? Drawing on his experience of working with some of the top leaders from across the world, Paul Gentle offers a manifesto on the benefits of practising connected leadership and what this looks like when it’s done well. What if you knew what senior people were thinking and doing in a perfect…

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The AUA Invisible Grail prize 2020

‘Why do we do what we do? Finding our purpose’ is the theme of this year’s AUA Invisible Grail competition. Do you often think about the purpose of what you do in your daily work? ‘Why do we do what we do? Finding our purpose’ is the question on our minds for this year’s AUA Invisible Grail competition. We want…

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shoes of others

Wearing the shoes of others

If we could step into someone else’s shoes and see the world through their eyes, would we make different decisions? Might we be better equipped to improve widening participation or eliminate the attainment gap? Stories invite us to see the world through the eyes of others. They foster empathy and enable us to connect …. My colleague Stuart Delves tells…

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