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Blog: what’s on the mind of Tony Jackson – executive coach, HRD & founder of Chelsham Consulting?

Topics include coaching, leadership, development, inclusion and people/HR.

Hubris

    Hubris (n): extreme pride, especially pride and ambition so great that they ‘offend the gods’ and lead to one’s downfall   There are lessons in the General Election outcome for any leader or aspiring leader – in my opinion...

There’s always learning

I’d flown in for this conference. After a hard and successful first year in business I decided it was time for some CPD and managed to find an event in a European city I had always wanted to visit. Two birds etc. I had high hopes for this one – the agenda seemed...

“So what exactly is executive coaching?”

    “So what exactly is executive coaching?” We are asked this question a great deal so let’s try and bring executive coaching to life by answering in some detail. Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt (now Executive Chair of Google’s parent...

Our 2016: coaching & consulting

    2016 was our third full calendar year of operation and, as such, as good a point as any to review the types of clients with whom we are working and the nature of the assignments we are delivering. It was a year in which our work fell largely into two...

Happiness

  I believe I’ve managed to get back on track this year. After all 2015 was grim by anyone’s standards. For some of the background to that, if you are interested, try my Advent Blog – a small contribution to the ‘Heights, Hearts & Hollows’ series curated...

Turning points

I suspect many of us have one. The point in our career which subsequently has turned out to have been pivotal, whether we knew it at the time or not. I had a bout of nostalgia today. (As an aside: I don’t know why but my next three blogs, including this one, are a...

On becoming an FRSA

  I have long admired the RSA. If you don’t know about this innovative charity then they sum themselves up well as “encouraging the development of a principled, prosperous society and the release of human potential”. One of the ways in which they do this: “by...

Silos, Boundary Spanners & Hot Spots

  (This blog on collaboration in organisations requires a significant, up-front acknowledgement and credit for Lynda Gratton at LBS with whom I/we collaborated all those years ago. Her resulting book ‘Hot Spots’ – which inspired this blog – is available...

Brexit: what an HRD really can do right now

  In some ways I am reluctant to add to the enormous coverage and analysis of the UK’s future withdrawal from the European Union. And of the HR and people implications. There’s plenty of it. Brexit this; Brexit that; Brexit the other. And yet here I am writing...

Passing the feedback parcel

The failure to provide timely feedback can be costly. We’re at session four in a coaching relationship. A knotty but familiar issue comes up – something is happening in the business unit that the coachee leads although they are not yet directly involved....

Equilibrium, Energy & Intuition

  As a coach I am more than happy to move to the more directive end of the spectrum where I have relevant experience or a suggestion which might potentially unlock something. I am also well versed in using my intuition (see later). But am I as adept at hearing my...

I once didn’t meet a film star

Now that was a holiday. Los Angeles in the Autumn of 1998. I needed a change of scene and I found one. It actually isn’t one of my favourite cities but it was quite a break. One weekday I borrowed a friend’s pickup truck and drove down to Will Rogers State Beach in...

Returning ‘home’

I found myself in Manchester this week. Back ‘home’ in Manchester. It’s a visit which has inspired this blog – a personal blog with an organisational message. Since 1987 I have resided in London – Clapham to be precise. Our capital is...

‘Grandparent leave’, social conditioning and exclusion

News just in (HT my friend David Goddin) that Santander wants to offer new grandparents paid leave – up to 16 weeks. The context is, of course, changes to legislation announced by the Government in 2015. I should declare an interest – I will never be a...

You are the culture

It’s an idea that I’ve woven into many different workshops – on inclusion, leadership, culture change, change management and so on. It isn’t complex but it does seem to be a revelation for some. That must be a good thing –  my reason for being in the room...

What would it be like…?

Charismatic, highly intelligent, successful in many ways. Just being appointed to the Board. A senior player. Very senior in fact. I’m the executive coach. It’s a most relevant point for coaching – a transition which will very much mean that what has made him...

Bravery – themes, reflections & thanks

As I said in the original blog, it started with a tweet which referenced bravery. I had thought that we might try another blog experiment as I/we had been wondering about your bravest moments and hoping you might choose to write a blog and share using the hashtag...

And….relax!

  My mind was wandering as I navigated a few miles across my great city at the weekend. The traffic was OK but a bit slower than you’d like. I started to ponder  how we navigate organisations with a few thoughts prompted by one particular driver. I was reminded...

Myers Briggs – a third way

One or two rather “hot under the collar” social media exchanges have been taking place again on the subject of Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). In fact some people seem to become so offended by what is just a personal development tool that I fear at...

Leaders & the culture we create

    I’ve had a really poor and rather stressful experience with British Airways this Summer. This is my professional blog and therefore is not the place to recount the full sorry saga. Let’s just say it led to a ruined holiday, an experience that...

Courageous L&D

It started, as ever, with a tweet. https://twitter.com/fuchsia_blue/status/632091331700097026 As part of an ‪#LDInsight debate organised by the @LnDConnect gang, we ended up in a place where Julie, some others and I were pondering bravery as a concept in facilitation...

Seeing

I’m seeing. No I’m not looking. I’m seeing. Standing in a street in the lunch-hour, people rushing by to do whatever we do, frowning at me. They are missing a piece of information. I am standing there – and I am really seeing something. They think I am in the way and...

Dear Leader…

My shortest blog We’ve all heard it – “oh I’ll leave the soft stuff to others – meanwhile I’ll get on with running the business”. Hmmm. The thought I cannot escape on occasion is this:...

“Employee engagement” – pulling the right levers

  There’s a strong view amongst some people I talk to that Employee Engagement as a concept has become out-dated, distorted or even discredited. “Latest fad” etc. It’s a label that seems to be attached to so many different types of initiative –...

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