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

Tag: Organisational culture and stories

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University of Hong Kong: Partnership with the Faculty of Science

  Paul has been a great help and collaborator over the last few years as we develop the Faculty’s capability." Professor Matthew Evans Dean of Science The University of Hong Kong Since 2017 we’ve worked with the Faculty of Science…read more

Leadership in Culturally Significant Times

When we can no longer lean on predictability and predictive analysis, we need courage to face ambiguity, trust in ourselves and others, boldness in business continuity and - most poignantly - cultural leadership.  A perspective on where we find ourselves…read more

Change is in the air

A braver and bolder look at what we do Under the lens of the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, we’ve been reflecting more deeply on whether what we’re here to do stands-up to making the world a better…read more

What should we expect in the new academic year?

What values will we choose to shape 2020-21? Tweeting with staff developers and coaches, we lift the lid on what leadership, stories and purpose are being called for in the new academic year. As we step into a new academic…read more

Playfulness at work: fun, vexing, helpful?

Seeing off a voice of doubt, Paul Gentle makes the case that intentional use of play at work can unlock greater collaboration and imagination, and suggests three ways you can do this with your own team. What better venture is…read more
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Love in leadership

Is it time to think about leading with emotions that connect - like love - rather than those that disconnect? Leading with love is a choice. In 2020-21, let's start choosing more of it. Is it finally time to think…read more

‘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…read more

How to connect beliefs and values with writing a strategy

Strategy isn’t just facts, figures and mission statements. It encompasses the breadth and depth of the people who lead and live it. Drawing on two fictional universities facing real-life challenges, Paul Gentle examines how working with the grain can connect…read more
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Institutional narrative: is it only a story?

What does ‘institutional narrative’ really mean? Jamie Jauncey delves into the thick of it and examines the role that narrative plays for all parts of university life, and how, in times of need, we can harness it to find direction…read more

It’s a Mentor-full world!

The benefits of mentoring are widely accepted. Gifting your experience and expertise to another can be both professionally rewarding and personally satisfying. But is there more to it than that? Paul Gentle explores the powerful synergy that can evolve from…read more

How do you create a community of practice?

Communication and narrative are two essential parts of creating a community of practice. The third? A team of people who are up for the challenge and have the desire to do something bold - something different. ‘We can all remember…read more