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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.

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 –...

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...

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