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Our thinking - the Chelsham blog

What’s on the mind of Tony Jackson – executive coach, HRD & founder of Chelsham – and occasional guest contributors?

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

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 where I have built my life,...

‘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 grandparent so...

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 has to be to...

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 of...

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 times for their...

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 they admit is "a...

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 - and arouses strong...

Leading or lagging thinking?

  After talking to one of my favourite Twitter friends in the real world recently (he's a really interesting HR Director), I ended up pondering a couple of things during a subsequent lengthy motorway journey. “Old thinking masquerading as new”. And “single incidents...

Killing meetings

  Another social media cycle of infographics and comments on the curse of meeting in business-life. I do understand. When I arrived into a senior position in one organisation, I discovered a “meetings culture”. People’s diaries were log-jammed. It was culturally...

We still assume

A knackered knee. Interesting how something so banal can shift your view of the world around you and, the point of this blog, make people jump to conclusions about you. Ah assumptions. This is not the first time I've blogged about assumptions this year. I damaged my...

Dear HRD

Dear friend I do hope my letter finds you, your friends and family well. I'm writing this in a real hurry but wanted to share some thoughts with you which impact on the future of the HR profession. I went to the CIPD NAP conference in York last week and will...

Coaching, counselling & boundaries

  There was a top notch Twitter debate on the difference between coaching and counselling last week courtesy of @LnDConnect You can find the Storify here  coaching-v-counselling What jumps out at me – and you? – is the impossibility of having this debate via a...

Would we notice if you weren’t there?

We HR & people professionals talk a great deal about leadership, development, motivation, being strategic, the next model, alignment, impact and so on. Fair enough. But in doing so I would like to suggest that we ignore some of the really crucial but under-recognised...

Where do you find your inspiration?

I am finding this question increasingly easy to answer: my passion for amateur photography just continues to grow. I recently started experimenting by including some of the results in my and my company’s Twitter feeds - without a particularly obvious objective other...

Where are you coming from?

    They are words to strike fear into many people’s heart: “I have some feedback for you”. Rightly or wrongly they have negative associations for many in the workplace. If we really want to shift this mindset over time we need to be working very hard at Labelling and...

I think I’d noticed

  A fairly serious lack of manners and consideration? Perhaps. Evidence that would be useful in a future coaching session. Definitely. It was one of the more exasperating situations I have experienced in business in the last year. And yet, as always in coaching, the...

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