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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.

Situational

Situational

    If ever there was a test of a leader's ability to adapt to their circumstances, to prove their ability as a situational leader, then it is now. I was working with a coachee earlier in the week. Yes, some work continues. I find them extremely impressive -...

Managing homeworkers

Managing homeworkers

  The topic of the day for many businesses: managing homeworkers. Or leading them? What might be the difference? There are lengthy articles appearing outlining both the practical angles (which technologies to use) and policy considerations. Hmmm...policy. It has...

After COVID-19 …

After COVID-19 …

  Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, and it will be over, there will opportunities radically to change the way we work on a permanent basis. My three questions for any Board of Directors will be: (1) What did we actually lose by not travelling, not flying? There...

Toxic

Toxic

    I’ve noticed, and it might not have escaped you either, that an increasing number of people refer to colleagues, co-workers & other people in the workplace as toxic. Serious commentators even use the expression...

Zen

Zen

    Not for the first time I put pen to paper whilst on my recent, not-quite-annual detox yoga retreat.  The scribbles will become more structured thoughts on varying but related themes.   You may have seen my previous blogs about the retreats:...

Parallel worlds

Parallel worlds

I’ve been coaching for so long now and enjoy it more than ever. The endless fascination of working with other human beings, generally extremely talented and very successful, and the unique nature of each relationship leads to profound satisfaction. After all these...

Pan-organisational inclusion

Pan-organisational inclusion

  We are not far off the 2020s and yet it sometimes seems that organisations are a little stuck with the thinking of the 1990s when it comes to inclusion, to fostering inclusivity. We know, or at least I hope we all know, what the differences are between...

Understated leadership

Understated leadership

  Ask a room of developing leaders to name a leader they admire, someone who for them embodies leadership, and, inevitably, some of the same names will be mentioned. I won’t list them here but they are usually men, often charismatic, often “victors”, often...

Three words

Three words

    Recognition and feedback. Some managers and leaders agonise about this stuff but it does not have to be hard. It doesn’t have to be complex. In fact, it’s this simple … The year is 1996. I was a newly-appointed and recently-arrived HR/Recruitment...

Included

Included

      "Included" is an outcome. An outcome you can choose to create... An expression I find myself repeating with increasing frequency is “are you on your agenda or that of the person in front of you?”  It’s driven by a realisation that too many people...

Five years

Five years

  Five years! A very personal note.... It was a long time coming. I decided in 2005 that I eventually wanted to run my own coaching business. I developed my coaching practice over many years and that development journey had started way before then. I amassed the...

World Cup, inclusion & flexible-working

World Cup, inclusion & flexible-working

    Ah a football tournament again. Interesting. They always bring to life some very intriguing organisational dynamics. Let’s accept that the majority in most businesses will be interested in the World Cup. And yet….our work to create inclusive companies is...

Building confidence ~ unlocking potential

Building confidence ~ unlocking 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...

Intersectionality & fostering inclusion

Intersectionality & fostering inclusion

  We talk about equality. Which is hugely important. And we talk about diversity. Also of tremendous importance. And then we work to foster conditions of inclusion, to tackle exclusion. At least I hope we do. And we talk about that too. What I don’t hear us...

Employee dynamics in the third sector

Employee dynamics in the third sector

  Take some fantastic, well-intentioned charitable objectives. Add a complex organisation. Drive growth through mergers & takeovers so you have people from different cultures working hard to merge their mindsets, cultures and ways of working. Adopt a...

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