Author Archives: Tim Stanyon

The Art of Conversational Leadership

I recently attended a fantastic session with the poet David Whyte entitled “Life at the frontier: the art of conversational leadership”. I know his poetic work and have admired it for a long time but I am also intrigued by … Continue reading

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Simple arithmetic or counting souls

So far, on most days and for most things 1 + 1 does equal 2. This beautiful certainty brings a warm cradling to the unsteady world. But what about counting souls?

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The failure of the England football team is systemic

Whether you like football or not, it’s hard to witness the nation’s deflated spirit here in London after England went out of the World Cup in the first round.  And the papers on Monday were speculating whether this means the … Continue reading

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Freedom’s Mirror

Can you see freedom? What shape is it? What colour? Is it like the mirror’s surface never seen but known only by what is reflected there? The full glory of each of us illuminated by the reflected light. Its reflections … Continue reading

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Freedom-centred: the future of leadership

In many of our organisations, the majority of people feel they are working under some sense of oppression – or at the very least noticing that “all they are” is somehow not able to flourish in their world of work. … Continue reading

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We are all made of stardust

Recently a coaching client of mine was reading from a notice calling them to a novel meeting. One sentence resonated with her and with me. “We are all made of stardust”. Of course the physicists will tell us this is … Continue reading

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Changing the rules of the game: Culture

I recently read a great story about a softball game in which one player injured herself when going for a home run… and the action taken by her “opponent” who saw the need of another human being as overriding the … Continue reading

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What do you really care about?

Many in senior leadership positions reach a point of “crisis of purpose or meaning” where the values and intentions that were so obvious and explicit to them in their earlier careers have become lost and obscured by the sheer volume … Continue reading

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Do you make a habit of catching your people doing the right thing?

I work inside many organisations and have done for over 30 years now. I am still astonished how little overt praise and celebration I witness – it is still far outweighed by the emphasis on spotting the errors, seeing the … Continue reading

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How much of a team is your team, really?

How much of a team do your “teams” really feel? I remember as a teenager playing rugby that I would have done anything for my teammates – stood up to others who were threatening them, helped them out of all … Continue reading

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A course of action

A course of action At the crossroads I stared down all the roads and saw More crossroads. What does any single choice matter when the outcome is just Another choice? And I hesitate, perhaps fatally. Of course this is a … Continue reading

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Connecting Silos: The Missing Link

Improving regularity of communications, tightening role descriptions, clarifying products and plans… Do these sound like tried and tested actions to solve communication and accountability issues across silos within a business? In this article, Tim uses his experience from working with a particular client to suggest that these actions alone are hardly sufficient and provides insight into making your efforts more effective. Continue reading

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