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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.

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 orators....

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 Manager. My dream...

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 default to...

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

    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 at least...

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

  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 talking...

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 resourcing...

Salvation or revelation?

In my experience it happens just a little too often. A new appointee to a senior role is about to arrive. The hopes of the organisation, or of part of it, are pinned upon this appointment. All will be well once they are here. Look what they have done elsewhere - if we...

Our 2017: executive & leadership coaching

  2017 was Chelsham's fourth full calendar year of operation and a year-end is, of course, as good a point as any to review the types of clients with whom we are working, the nature of the assignments we are delivering and the markets in which we operate. It was a...

Leadership effectiveness – which choice will you make?

    Over the last few years I've been sharing my views on some of the specific actions that leaders, current or future, can take to improve your impact or effectiveness and to create the right conditions for others to succeed. There’s a clear theme within my thinking...

Uber, leadership & EQ

  Yet again it boils down to the culture of a business. I am continually fascinated by the conditions that leaders create around themselves - be it deliberately or accidentally. I’m particularly intrigued by, and in part concerned about, the culture of some major...

Hubris

    Hubris (n): extreme pride, especially pride and ambition so great that they 'offend the gods' and lead to one's downfall   There are lessons in the General Election outcome for any leader or aspiring leader - in my opinion this isn’t a forced link between my...

There’s always learning

I’d flown in for this conference. After a hard and successful first year in business I decided it was time for some CPD and managed to find an event in a European city I had always wanted to visit. Two birds etc. I had high hopes for this one - the agenda seemed...

“So what exactly is executive coaching?”

    "So what exactly is executive coaching?" We are asked this question a great deal so let's try and bring executive coaching to life by answering in some detail. Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt (now Executive Chair of Google's parent company Alphabet) is on record as...

Our 2016: coaching & consulting

    2016 was our third full calendar year of operation and, as such, as good a point as any to review the types of clients with whom we are working and the nature of the assignments we are delivering. It was a year in which our work fell largely into two categories:...

Happiness

  I believe I’ve managed to get back on track this year. After all 2015 was grim by anyone’s standards. For some of the background to that, if you are interested, try my Advent Blog – a small contribution to the ‘Heights, Hearts & Hollows’ series curated marvellously...

Turning points

I suspect many of us have one. The point in our career which subsequently has turned out to have been pivotal, whether we knew it at the time or not. I had a bout of nostalgia today. (As an aside: I don’t know why but my next three blogs, including this one, are a...

On becoming an FRSA

  I have long admired the RSA. If you don’t know about this innovative charity then they sum themselves up well as “encouraging the development of a principled, prosperous society and the release of human potential”. One of the ways in which they do this: “by sharing...

Silos, Boundary Spanners & Hot Spots

  (This blog on collaboration in organisations requires a significant, up-front acknowledgement and credit for Lynda Gratton at LBS with whom I/we collaborated all those years ago. Her resulting book ‘Hot Spots’ – which inspired this blog - is available from...

Brexit: what an HRD really can do right now

  In some ways I am reluctant to add to the enormous coverage and analysis of the UK’s future withdrawal from the European Union. And of the HR and people implications. There’s plenty of it. Brexit this; Brexit that; Brexit the other. And yet here I am writing away...

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