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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.

Uber, leadership & EQ

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

    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...

There’s always learning

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?”

    "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...

Our 2016: coaching & consulting

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...

Happiness

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...

Turning points

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

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...

Silos, Boundary Spanners & Hot Spots

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

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...

Passing the feedback parcel

Passing the feedback parcel

The failure to provide timely feedback can be costly. We're at session four in a coaching relationship. A knotty but familiar issue comes up - something is happening in the business unit that the coachee leads although they are not yet directly involved. My thought:...

Equilibrium, Energy & Intuition

Equilibrium, Energy & Intuition

  As a coach I am more than happy to move to the more directive end of the spectrum where I have relevant experience or a suggestion which might potentially unlock something. I am also well versed in using my intuition (see later). But am I as adept at hearing my...

I once didn’t meet a film star

I once didn’t meet a film star

Now that was a holiday. Los Angeles in the Autumn of 1998. I needed a change of scene and I found one. It actually isn’t one of my favourite cities but it was quite a break. One weekday I borrowed a friend’s pickup truck and drove down to Will Rogers State Beach in...

Returning ‘home’

Returning ‘home’

I found myself in Manchester this week. Back 'home' in Manchester. It's a visit which has inspired this blog - a personal blog with an organisational message. Since 1987 I have resided in London - Clapham to be precise. Our capital is where I have built my life,...

‘Grandparent leave’, social conditioning and exclusion

‘Grandparent leave’, social conditioning and exclusion

News just in (HT my friend David Goddin) that Santander wants to offer new grandparents paid leave - up to 16 weeks. The context is, of course, changes to legislation announced by the Government in 2015. I should declare an interest - I will never be a grandparent so...

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