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

Tag: Leadership

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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The Dragon Economies

The Dragon Economies: Is Higher Education in South East Asia breathing fire?

The world is changing, rapidly. As global mindsets shift and we face a new decade, are the Dragon Economies still breathing fire? Travelling through Hong Kong and Singapore this autumn, Paul Gentle finds out. Your perceptions of how universities work in South East Asia will clearly have been shaped by your own experiences. Depending on where and when you’ve encountered…

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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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‘Liven up’ leaders: Time to inoculate against zombification. Or not?

What is zombie leadership and what does it look like? Stella Jones-Devitt and Liz Austen examine what we risk if we endorse this cultural status-quo, and guide us through how we might spot it so that we can choose our fate – either to conform and comply or to do something different. There’s no bravery in zombie leadership.” You may…

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Julian Stodd

Author and founder of Sea Salt Learning Power comes from what you share, not what you control. This is the message from Julian Stodd, proponent of social leadership and advocate for greater humility and humanity in organisational culture and leadership. These are the qualities that will enable organisations to adapt and succeed in the new social age. But what is…

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Finding a different song to sing

When you’ve been doing the same thing for a while, how do you find the inspiration to reinvigorate how you see your work and professional purpose? Drawing on his own experience, Graham Holden offers five techniques to help you answer the question, ‘why do you do what you do?’ Do you get itchy feet? As you grow as a person,…

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Purposeful Leadership: now or never?

Purpose is in our nature. So why do we often forget how important it can be to our professional lives? When we’re motivated by what is right and when we can see how our work connects with a purpose greater than ourselves, this is when we can make the biggest difference to the people we work with and lead. “From…

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Leah Weiss, PhD

Lecturer in Management, Stanford Graduate Business School Today’s world doesn’t just ask leaders to develop strategies or establish visions. Today’s leaders need to connect with compassion. Leaders who can connect their purpose to their work, their mission to those of the people they lead, who understand and communicate their why, will be the leaders who will change the world. Louise…

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Taking up Generation Z’s challenge on our future

Climate change is here. Young people are pushing for change. So what are we doing about it? We need to take up the fight for our future. To help create lifelong learning that values dialogue, creativity and empathy as ways to find the solutions to the climate crisis. If ever there were an intergenerational challenge worth heeding, it must be…

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