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Our summer holiday was spent in close quarters with two other families: six adults; four kids; two teenagers. Together we rented a house on the shores of Lake Annecy, which is a beautiful spot on the south-western side of the French Alps. This was a warts-and-all holiday.
What is The Chaos Trying to Tell Me?
July 18th, 2018.
I have had a fairly chaotic three months by virtue of dates in my diary playing musical chairs; the red bus nature of work that is May, June and July; and launching two open programmes for later in the year. In the middle of this I took an unexpected trip to New Zealand to say farewell to a close friend who suddenly, and sadly passed away.
Leadership, Disruption, Curiosity and Vegan-Yogi-Artists
August 24th, 2017.
I believe curiosity sits central to good leadership. The most effective leaders I observe are able to remain open and curious towards their complex environments - they stay present and available to the disruption and tension around them, mining it for useful information. Let me come back to the leadership piece.
An X-Ray Vision for Personality
July 13th, 2017.
Such ability would be tantamount to having a form of x-ray vision that provided leaders with a framework for understanding something about the psychological landscapes of others. It could be a map for reading the strengths and motivations of colleagues while also increasing awareness of what their challenges, hooks and triggers might be.
Identity Crisis (or Gift)?
April 20th, 2017.
Having an identity crisis?
Senior executives and business leaders can hit a crisis of confidence and identity as they step up the career ladder. And as we hit our 30’s, 40’s or 50’s we all face situations that challenge our perception of self – be it redundancy, divorce, the loss of a parent or friend, children flying the nest or those inevitable grey hairs. What’s the best way to cope?
My Best Work Happens When I’m Not Working
March 24th, 2017.
Returning from a week’s holiday on Sunday I had the familiar experience of a rush of ideas and creativity on the flight home. Over the years I have come to both rely on, and expect this to happen. I am reminded of the importance of being idol – not the Oasis song (although it’s a cracker), rather the benefits of creating space to let the subconscious mind work on our behalf in the background.
Conversation with a 7 year old
March 10th, 2017.
When I am not with clients I work from home. On the days I do, invariably my partner Claude and her seven-year old daughter return home after school and make faces at me through the window of my office. The standing joke posits, “All Matt does all day is sit at his desk playing with his beard staring at a computer screen.” Some days that’s probably the truth.