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Virtual leadership – feasible or fantasy?

In a week’s time I will be meeting a new group of leaders, ready to start another Next Gen leadership programme. Next Gen is available to members of TUANZ (the association for the users of digital technology and connectivity) and my role is to facilitate the learning and insights. Lucky me! It’s such an enjoyable contract role, one of my faves. I’ve been fortunate to work with TUANZ and the Next Gen programme since 2017. We’ve taken over 70 leaders through the programme – and we’ve always run it as an online offering. Yes, all the sessions are held via video.CONTINUE READING
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Anxiety and our experience of it

The online Oxford dictionary defines anxiety as “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.” There has been a lot of uncertainty in 2020! Are there more people experiencing anxiety? We are a long way from having hard data on the impacts of COVID-19 on our wellbeing but anecdotal evidence suggests most people have felt a bit more worry, nervousness or unease. Yet life is actually always uncertain, we’ve been dealing with uncertainty our whole lives. Covid-19 has just rather abruptly brought a focus on uncertainty. So what is anxiety, how do we experience it and what can we do?CONTINUE READING
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Leadership and the Invisible Contract

So you’ve ended up leading a team. You know how you got here, you were complicit, there was an offer and an agreement. This is your first leadership role – perhaps it’s paid or perhaps it’s not. I’ve had both kinds of leadership roles, both count. You did make this choice, so how come it is not quite as it seemed? Time has gone by and ‘stuff’ has started to creep in. What has happened here? Did someone hide the facts from you? Was there a second more-accurate version of the job description that never saw the light of day? No, my friend. You are simply a leader now.CONTINUE READING
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Talk About It Vs Type About It

Yes, I see the irony of typing out a blog when I’m discussing a message about talking to other humans. Give me some grace, let’s see if I can get to where I’m going with this.Several events over the last week have all spun in their separate planetary orbits, seemingly unconnected. Then the final event joined the swirl and bang, the planets aligned like a string of blindingly bright beads pulled taut between my conscious and the very centre of the universe. A roundabout way of describing an insight, I suppose.CONTINUE READING
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