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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.

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 other...

Where are you coming from?

    They are words to strike fear into many people’s heart: “I have some feedback for you”. Rightly or wrongly they have negative associations for many in the workplace. If we really want to shift this mindset over time we need to be working very hard at Labelling and...

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...

The things we do in the name of performance

  I haven't gone soft. Yes I drove performance management initiatives in various businesses. In one, which was at risk, we were pretty monochrome about performance. Needs must. When survival is the objective then you go to interesting places. And 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

  People making major assumptions about others. In all honesty we see it happening too often don't we? In life and, especially, in organisational life. Thinking for them rather than listening to them. Finishing sentences. Ready with their next response before the...

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 sessions, the ones...

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...

Start-up words: Hard-sell

Being on the receiving end of so much sales activity was an unforeseen consequence of branching out on my own. Silly me. I’ve never had much patience for hard-sell techniques, for the false bonhomie or, at worst, the downright lies that people come out with in order...

Why is this not at the top of your agenda?

  It’s one of the most rewarding things I do. Having spent three years leading the HR team and people agenda for Macmillan Cancer Support I followed my dream and set up my coaching, facilitation & consulting business in August 2013. I am so pleased to be able to say...

Dear Leaders – how are you getting on?

July arrives. Mid-point in the calendar year. Holidays happening. A natural time to reflect on how you are doing against your objectives for 2014. And if you are a leader in any way then you really should be thinking about how your leadership style & impact has been...

I exhibited at a conference this week

I’ve been around the block a few times. I’ve been lucky to spend many happy years at PW Management Consultants then PwC. I’ve had one of the best HR jobs in the UK charity sector. I’ve been fortunate to work in various businesses which have invested in my development....

Leadership – I forgot to mention……

Authenticity. Of course. I have given myself a talking to. I focused my leadership manifesto onto four areas where I believe leaders/aspiring leaders can focus and achieve a step change in their performance. They are outlined in previous posts on this blog. But...

Complete. Clarity. Of. Thought.

I've been to a beautiful place. And I'm not talking about the location - Las Alpujarras if you're interested. I mean the place I managed to reach personally. As I always set out to advocate a strong sense of ownership for personal and professional development I feel...

Noticing

I popped into Covent Garden the other day to see my trainer. It’s my Saturday ritual.  For some reason I felt particularly attuned with the world and was really noticing things. You know what I mean by noticing if you coach people or work on their development. I was...

Navigating Leadership in 2014

You may well have seen my posts outlining in some detail my rather grandly titled Manifesto for 2014. In fact what I was trying to do was focus/refocus leaders onto four key elements which would help them shift their impact and effectiveness - hopefully into a...

When values collide

This was challenging for me. I have spent significant amounts of time in my career (including recently and on my last blog) advocating inclusion. Step towards difference. Seek out people who have a different perspective. I've also set myself up as a passionate...

Leadership & Inclusion

  When I discuss inclusion I admit to becoming  just slightly more passionate - or even feisty. And I have history in so doing. That shouldn’t really be a surprise for anyone – after all I have seen how close friends have been treated in the workplace due to being...

Manifesto for 2014 (Part Three)

  You know the type. They suck the life out of people and organisations (and no I won’t go down the Harry Potter/Dementor route here). They are the extreme but they do exist: always finding fault; always judging and criticising; focusing on weaknesses not strengths;...

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