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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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

Where are you coming from?

  So far the contributions to Helen Amery’s (https://twitter.com/WildFigSolns) Feedback Carnival have been top-class. I hope my simple (simplistic?) contribution will add something. Feedback welcome of course. They are words to strike fear into many people’s...

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 things we do in the name of performance

(Before I start I want to recognise David D’Souza and his blog https://ddsouzadotcom.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/the-bottom-of-the-bell-curve/ – the inspiration for finally committing the following words to paper.) I haven’t gone soft. Yes I drove performance...

The art of HR

  This has been brewing for a while now. A blog about the art of HR. I have been suffering from writer’s block so this is quite possibly a forerunner of a new, improved version in a few weeks time. Is that OK? My timelines are replete with comments, tweets and...

McKinsey, leadership development and me

  McKinsey, leadership and me. (Yes that title is supposed to be ironic). All last year I was advocating a small number of areas where leaders/prospective leaders could or should (although I don’t like the word) focus. With the aim of maximising their impact and...

We assume

  Over and over again I see it. People making major assumptions about others. Thinking for them rather than listening to them. Finishing sentences. Ready with their next response before the other person has finished. Applying their swift, and often incorrect,...

Two men

  I feel humbled and inspired to be writing about two remarkable guys whom I met on a recent tour around Kerala. I was marking a milestone birthday and wanted to be somewhere where I’d have new experiences. I chose a good place. In fact Kerala is a magical place...

What’s in the gorge?

    My coaching supervisor and I were grappling with something I had raised relating to one of my coaching clients and clearly interference was at play. It shouldn’t really have been a surprise. We know, don’t we, that in the most impactful coaching...

Our Leadership Manifesto: how did you get on?

The end of a twelve month period so traditionally a time when we reflect. I am quite sure that this will not be the only blog this month which starts in this way. But for me it’s the right point to look back at what I rather grandly called my Leadership Manifesto at...

Start-up words: Hard-sell

Being on the receiving end of so much sales activity was an unforeseen consequence of branching out on my own. Silly me. I’ve never had much patience for hard-sell techniques, for the false bonhomie or, at worst, the downright lies that people come out with in order...

Why is this not at the top of your agenda?

  It’s one of the most rewarding things I do. Having spent three years leading the HR team and people agenda for Macmillan Cancer Support I followed my dream and set up my coaching, facilitation & consulting business in August 2013. I am so pleased to be able...

Building confidence ~ realising potential

One of the key building blocks of my coaching practice is, of course, Inner Game work. Whilst I often find myself working through organisational issues, workplace relationship difficulties or market challenges with players (i.e. coachees), the same people are just as...

Dear Leaders – how are you getting on?

July arrives. Mid-point in the calendar year. Holidays happening. A natural time to reflect on how you are doing against your objectives for 2014. And if you are a leader in any way then you really should be thinking about how your leadership style & impact has...

I exhibited at a conference this week

I’ve been around the block a few times. I’ve been lucky to spend many happy years at PW Management Consultants then PwC. I’ve had one of the best HR jobs in the UK charity sector. I’ve been fortunate to work in various businesses which have invested in my development....

Leadership – I forgot to mention……

I have given myself a severe talking to. Well and truly reprimanded. I focused my leadership manifesto onto four areas where I believe leaders/aspiring leaders can focus and achieve a step change in their performance. They are outlined in previous posts on this blog....

Complete. Clarity. Of. Thought.

I’ve been to a beautiful place. And I’m not talking about the location – Las Alpujarras if you’re interested. I mean the place I managed to reach personally. As I always set out to advocate a strong sense of ownership for personal and...

Noticing

I popped into Covent Garden the other day to see my trainer. It’s my Saturday ritual.  For some reason I felt particularly attuned with the world and was really noticing things. You know what I mean by noticing if you coach people or work on their development. I was...

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