The changing word in libraries

I recently gave evidence to the Select Committee on Library Closures and it has finally produced its report. Many commentators say it’s too little too late. Certainly the budget setting challenge facing local councils is immense. But a recent LGA seminar showed how many are finding new ways of sustaining their public library service. It is clear from the […]

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Coaching and being enterprising

My coachees’ circumstances differ widely, but many share a common challenge: how to create a more enterprising culture in their organisations, be they charities, social enterprises or public bodies. Whilst those at the top ‘get it’ (after all it’s in their DNA), how can they convey this within their staff teams? I suggest there are two cultural factors to […]

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Capturing the spirit of enterprise- insights from South Africa

UnLtd South Africa www.unltdsouthafrica.org the charity finds and supports social entrepreneurs in South Africa. At the invitation of the Chair, Heather Brandon, I visited their ‘small but mighty team’ in Cape Town with my former colleague Madeleine Gabriel, now Head of Impact Research and Evaluation at UnLtd UK. We ran an evaluation workshop with Trustees, staff and partners and awardees.

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The Coaching Co-op

I have teamed up with colleagues to establish the Coaching Co-op, The coaching co-op is a group of coaches which I have recently joined. It currently comprises three people: Alex, Joan and myself and is informed by the following principles: We are a network of independent coaching and consultancy practices As qualified coaches, we offer a range of […]

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Social Enterprise in SA

  Social Enterprise: impact evaluation I am preparing for a working visit to Unit South Africa www.unltdsouthafrica.org. I am travelling with friend and former colleague Madeleine Gabriel, who is now Director of Impact Research and Evaluation at UnLtd UK. We are looking forward to meeting the trustees, staff team and some of the social entrepreneurs the charity has supported. […]

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What has ‘ Good Capitalism’ to do with ‘Good Leadership’?

It was good to hear Will Hutton speak recently about ‘good capitalism’ as part of his scathing analysis of our economic prospects. He highlighted ten qualities of bad capitalism as opposed to good: “Unproductive entrepreneurship vs. productive entrepreneurship Incumbent vs. insurgent Darwinian vs. collaborative Finance sole priority vs. business purpose- balanced score card Transactional surpluses vs. high […]

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Race Equality in the NHS- ‘a marriage of true minds’

The new ‘ civil partnership’ between Race for Health and the Afiya Trust has just been launched- March 16th, pooling the efforts of two to keep the issue of race equality in healthcare in the agenda at a very challenging time. Gideon Ben Tovim, Chair of both Race for Health and the Merseyside PCT Cluster, spoke passionately about […]

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Library Closures – what is a community library?

I gave evidence to the first meeting of the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee on Public Library Closures on Tuesday 6th February. You can find my the oral evidence here. The written evidence is also on the same section of the site. Apart from being asked how to define ‘comprehensive and efficient’, I talked about […]

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