Authentic leadership lessons from the world of jazz

A game of workplace bingo will surface the oft used trope “authentic leadership.” It’s a phrase bandied around in leadership circles and in HR teams. We mouth the words and espouse the need for our key employees to lead authentically. But be honest. Don’t we all struggle to really know how to do this? HappilyContinue reading “Authentic leadership lessons from the world of jazz”

Acceptance trumps understanding

Cynthia Fortlage purposefully shared her story as a transgender woman at our recent Unjudged event. In doing so, she taught us the importance of acceptance. And acceptance trumps understanding. In fact, acceptance must come before we attempt to understand why someone might make the transition, even after more than four decades living as a man;Continue reading “Acceptance trumps understanding”

When sleeping women wake, mountains move

The recent Channel4 programme presented the shocking statistic that 9 out of 10 women felt menopause had a negative impact on their working life. And that’s why over 30 women met to explore how women’s career can flourish through menopause. They ranged from women who were simply curious about the “upcoming milestone” and those who wereContinue reading “When sleeping women wake, mountains move”

Menopause at work

Following our Safe Space Event asking “Can women’s career’s flourish through menopause”, we’ve collated some resources relating to menopause at work. Menopause and health and wellbeing Women’s Health Concern (WHC) is the patient arm of the British Menopause Society (BMS), providing a confidential, independent service to advise, reassure and educate women of all ages about theirContinue reading “Menopause at work”

Institutional betrayal – looking in the mirror

Imagine this: You’ve been subject to bullying for weeks, months, maybe even years. You’ve grappled with continual jibes and anxiety about your performance. Over and over again you’ve doubted whether the insidious remarks and micro-acts of undermining you are experiencing are real. Perhaps you teeter on the brink of thinking maybe you are paranoid. YouContinue reading “Institutional betrayal – looking in the mirror”

You’re crazy – gaslighting at work

You’re crazy. Don’t be so sensitive. You’re overreacting. Don’t be paranoid. I was just joking! It doesn’t mean anything. You got that completely wrong. That didn’t happen. You are imagining things. I am worried; I think you are not well. You raise an issue at work. You challenge someone else in what they are sayingContinue reading “You’re crazy – gaslighting at work”

Bullying and harassment at work – some resources

If you have been affected by bullying and harassment at work we’ve collated a few helpful resources, following our “Not just a victim” event with Speak Out Revolution. Recovery is about a journey of discovery.  Inner change can be hard, but we cannot move forward until we take that journey. Rose – National Bullying HelplineContinue reading “Bullying and harassment at work – some resources”

Shadow work: asking for business

It’s hard to ask for business when you start a new company. I’ve spent a whole life believing I am the person who keeps to the rules and responds politely; in addition I’m always the one being practical and realistic; in addition I can think things through fifteen times for fear of making a mistake,Continue reading “Shadow work: asking for business”

The “us vs them” of unconscious bias training?

We can only change ourselves. The truth is we can only change ourselves, not other people. Despite what we might wish for as HR and L&D professionals, the evidence shows that in general, short-term educational interventions do not change people. And this is certainly true in the world of diversity and inclusion, such as unconsciousContinue reading “The “us vs them” of unconscious bias training?”

Drop anchor when the storms of life come along

Every boat needs an anchor.  Dropping the anchor is a way of stabilising the boat, and of preventing it from drifting in the winds and currents of the sea. But have you ever thought about how you, too, can drop anchor? Why is this important? You don’t have to look very far in the currentContinue reading “Drop anchor when the storms of life come along”