Posted on December 15, 2010 in Articles, Coaching, Inclusive Leadership, Leadership by Rachael

ant colonyOne of the big influences on my leadership coaching and development is “Systems Thinking.” The origins of this powerful approach are from the 1970’s and from the world of therapy, but there has been some wonderful development of this work more recently to apply it to the complex systems that are the organisations we work in.

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Posted on January 28, 2010 in Articles, Coaching, Inclusive Leadership, Leadership by Rachael

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Organisations need leaders who are adept at working with people who seem different from themselves – often due to increased work with partners and businesses outside the UK. This allows leaders to truly live their brand as an employer who values diversity.

What is it like to be an inclusive leader – ie someone who really enjoys  – and has great skill at  – leading a diverse team? What are the skills involved? Is it something you could aspire to being?

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Posted on January 28, 2010 in Articles, Coaching, Inclusive Leadership by Rachael

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One of the themes that comes up again and again with coaching leaders and their teams is feedback. When a client wants to really transform as a leader through coaching, feedback can shift from being something to be faced only when really absolutely necessary to becoming something to be welcomed and a productive source of learning.

One senior exec from an oil industry background turned to his colleagues in a leadership session I was running for them and said:   “Feedback really is the feedstock – it’s the high quality input that’s needed to make the “oil refinery” of our business function. Without it we could be in danger of stopping learning and churning out substandard product.” Nice metaphor!

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