July 2014: Summer News

Health and Well Being It is hardly possible to claim credit for client’s success but it is doubly fun to share their joy when things go right. So what a thrill to hear of the team at Dementia Friendly Crawley winning the National Award for Dementia Friendly Communities 2014. Never was an award so deserved. […]

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July 2014: Women for the Board – a taster

Westminster Business School’s innovative new programme for women seeking Board positions has really hit the spot. The first cohort has just completed, with many participants securing new Board positions and is recruiting now for next year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNRohfabB7A&sns=em I was delighted when the Dr. Ruth Saks, the Programme’s Founder and Director asked me to run a […]

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March 2014: Joining the Sieghart inquiry panel

Presentations – thinking about libraries I am really pleased to be a member of William Sieghart’s independent inquiry  panel into public libraries: William Sieghart to chair panel to produce independent report on England’s public library service https://www.gov.uk/government/news/william-sieghart-to-chair-panel-to-produce-independent-report-on-englands-public-library-service The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Communities and Local Government has jointly commissioned […]

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February 2014: A quick news update

Coaching relationships are confidential, so how do we explain them? I have posted a case study and called it a ‘Letter to Shefali’, that shows how long distance mentoring can work.  Our work related correspondence began in earnest last year when Shefali wrote and announced she was going freelance. She is a brilliant, committed and […]

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Entrepreneurial leadership: Role models from India’s social entrepreneurs

I have recently returned from a learning journey in South India with a wonderful band of fellow travellers (from Ireland, Mexico, and UK) and the India- based Journeys for Change team. We met inspiring leaders of social enterprises in Bengelaru, Chennai and Pondicherry from a range of social businesses ( where profits were recycled into the business and used […]

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Community Managed and Supported Libraries

  The Arts Council has now published the research that I worked on with Locality over the summer and autumn http://www.artscouncil.org.uk.  A twitter storm followed. I hope this will not get in the way of people looking at our findings which showed that 95% of libraries managed by their communities are still being supported by […]

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Imagining the Patient: Literature and Medicine

I recently interviewed Iona Heath about hear passion for literature and how she sees it as a resource to inform professional practice. Iona is the outgoing President of the Royal College of GP’s and a highly experienced former G.P. The interview was printed in the Reader No 48, for more information contact www. Thereader.org.uk or […]

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Using equalities’ guidance to assess need: Implications for change in public libraries

  The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for DCLG, Brandon Lewis M.P. has recently issued  ‘light touch’ guidance to local government Leaders and Chief Executives on how they can dispense with the rigmarole of equality impact assessments.  Several people have asked me what does this mean for sound decision making around public libraries, given the […]

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Being enterprising – closing a deal

Many staff in social enterprises find the ‘selling’ part of income generation for their charity to be the hardest part. It sounds tacky to take advice from car salesmen when trying to persuade a public sector client to purchase services from your charity or enterprise, but this is how I found myself responding.

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What and why is Equalvalue?

I thought I would start the New Year by sharing the origins of Equalvalue. Where should I start in the search for a name for a new practice that encapsulated the values of the enterprise? The really good names that captured the notion of reflective practice seemed to be well and truly taken.

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