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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.

Leading or lagging thinking?

Leading or lagging thinking?

  After talking to one of my favourite Twitter friends in the real world recently (he's a really interesting HR Director), I ended up pondering a couple of things during a subsequent lengthy motorway journey. “Old thinking masquerading as new”. And “single...

Killing meetings

Killing meetings

  Another social media cycle of infographics and comments on the curse of meeting in business-life. I do understand. When I arrived into a senior position in one organisation, I discovered a “meetings culture”. People’s diaries were log-jammed. It was culturally...

We still assume

We still assume

A knackered knee. Interesting how something so banal can shift your view of the world around you and, the point of this blog, make people jump to conclusions about you. Ah assumptions. This is not the first time I've blogged about assumptions this year. I damaged my...

Dear HRD

Dear HRD

Dear friend I do hope my letter finds you, your friends and family well. I'm writing this in a real hurry but wanted to share some thoughts with you which impact on the future of the HR profession. I went to the CIPD NAP conference in York last week and will...

Coaching, counselling & boundaries

Coaching, counselling & boundaries

  There was a top notch Twitter debate on the difference between coaching and counselling last week courtesy of @LnDConnect You can find the Storify here  coaching-v-counselling What jumps out at me – and you? – is the impossibility of having this debate via a...

Would we notice if you weren’t there?

Would we notice if you weren’t there?

We HR & people professionals talk a great deal about leadership, development, motivation, being strategic, the next model, alignment, impact and so on. Fair enough. But in doing so I would like to suggest that we ignore some of the really crucial but...

Where do you find your inspiration?

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?

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...

I think I’d noticed

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 things we do in the name of performance

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

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 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

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?

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...

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