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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 #LDbravery .

I really wanted to bring to life the challenge of doing something which some regard as “the soft stuff”.

So now for a bit of curation. There is the risk I will not do justice to the contributions. I will miss some out. Won’t capture their spirit.

You might, of course, go and search again on that Twitter hashtag just to see the richness and variety of thinking.

This has been delayed more than once. Apologies. By any standards it’s been a bit of an annus horribilis and my focus and energy have had to be elsewhere. Apologies if you feel your efforts are under-recognised.

Three themes resonated with me:

1: Being brave as a practitioner was our starting point.

The ever-thoughtful Janet Webb got things off to a strong start with this post – including a marvelous anecdote about a group of doctors (which reminded me of my original story about another top team): 

Krystyna Gadd generously recognised others who bring out bravery in her with this.

Khurshed Dehnugara continued the theme with his post Red Hot & Agitated 

And Sukh Pabial joined with, as ever, some sterling thinking here. “Often, I’ve been brave because I’ve had the support of others to enable me to do that.” Quite.

2: Bravery of clients was a theme for David Goddin in Doing the Right Thing by Them 

It was also for Rachel Burnham with this ‘paean of praise’ 

3: Personal experience and how it impacts

Michelle Parry Slater talked about how she was trying to achieve a mix of roles – one which may not have been possible. This really resonated with me – getting the mix of work right when you are running your own micro-businesss is not always easy ( I gather it proved to be possible – well done you Michelle). 

Alison Monkhouse shared some very personal thoughts on what it meant for her to be brave.

And then in came this outstandingly gutsy blog by Alice Frame. Thank you Alice

Julie Drybrough kindly provided me with some support – moral and practical – behind the scenes. And, as she can do, she captured the mood with this rather lovely piece.

So a reflection or two:

  • Is bravery actually a willingness to say “I’m afraid”? Even if it’s only to ourselves?
  • Your blogs confirm that bravery is something to be held lightly. It isn’t loud. It is calm. It’s reflective.
  • What precisely do we do as the coach, facilitator or consultant to create the conditions where someone does not have to be daring? Where ‘it is what it is’? Where it’s just OK to be?
  • How do we prepare ourselves for our value-adding work so that we can go to places which aren’t for the faint-hearted?
  • What do we do to remove the interference of life, or of illness, to ensure we are OK? That we are performing at our best ourselves?

Ah yes. Just when I thought it was all over along came Krystyna with a second contribution which adds very nicely indeed to my curation efforts. Please do see how she has summarised things here.

Finally I’d like to quote two people. Robert Anthony:

“The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.”

And Munshi Premchand:

“Like timidity, bravery is also contagious.”

I hope this has been an interesting and thought-provoking experience for you. It has for me. Thank you.

And ……

 

Good tidings