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The Available Leader

“The only definition of a leader I know is someone who has followers.” – Peter Drucker. When I work with leaders, I often ask them this question: “How are you unavailable as a leader?”. What do I mean by this? The Drucker quote suggests that it is a leaders’ capacity to...

Weekly Coaching Reflection – What do you expect?

I was having a conversation the other day with a friend of mine who’s been going through a tough time. As we were speaking and reflecting, she came up with something that has stayed with me long after our conversation. “What I’m coming to,” she said “is the realisation that...

Reflections

Today just happens to be my birthday. It also happens to be the anniversary of two significant tragedies that have happened in my lifetime. One is probably obvious, the September 11th attacks on America in 2001; the other, maybe less obvious, is the 1973 military coup d’état in Chile. What both events...

The challenges of transition

We’ve just been through the ten day period that marks the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah), a time of reflection over the past year, culminating in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. One of the stories read over Yom Kippur is that of Jonah, who spent three days and nights in the belly of a whale (or...

The Human Factor

A few weeks ago I was due to be teaching in Newfield’s coaching programme in Colorado and to take part in our first ever global summit. It was my first trip to Colorado in five years and I was very much looking forward to it. But it was not to be. I arrived at Denver airport and got no further than...

Listen, listen, listen …

Towards the end of her life, my mother, who grew up and lived in Baghdad until she was in her late thirties, developed Alzheimer’s, and started to forget herself during her conversations. Whenever we spoke on the ‘phone, or when we met, she would ask me what I did for a living, and I would try...

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