Non-judgment is a cherished value. But judgment has its place too.
Universities have not had to justify their existence, until now.
We need places of stillness in which we can defamiliarise ourselves from our default modes of thinking.
Business schools are trying to reconstruct an ethical dimension to management that they previously undermined.
Busyness is a status symbol for some. For others, a curse.
The concept of public value is not just for the public sector.
“The coaching process far exceeded my highest expectations. I liked your calmness and light touch with humour which helped me relax and trust you.”
The social and artistic purposes of the arts are closely aligned.
Learning from An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris.
We are witnessing the birth pangs of something new.
Applying corporate ingenuity to social problems is a win-win.
“I felt I was listened to and felt supported and as if someone was ‘on my side’ through a difficult time.”
Bringing to life in universities the value they create for society.
The best managers can achieve in complex organisations is to muddle through elegantly.
Merely to go along with an oppressive system is to enact it. So found Václav Havel.
A test case in public leadership.
They need leaders who can hold uncertainty and give people space to think.
“Mark asks penetrating questions, the type that make you stop and think very hard.”
Brexit anxiety manifests in unexpected ways and can affect our relationships.
“You can trust Mark. He is committed and will not give up on you.”
The shareholder value model of capitalism is its own worst enemy. Inequality is holding back the recovery.
A brief overview of the crisis of capitalism and what it means for coaches.
Lived values say more about an organisation than professed ones.
Leaders should stop invoking trust. It’s a quality that must be earned.
The corporate view of leadership is narcissistic and crowds out other models.
A think tank paper from Will Morris proposes that all companies should have to publish a code of ethics.
Brexit signals the high watermark of the leadership culture of the past three decades.
David Harvey’s Marxist critique helps explain why we’re in the midst of a paradigm shift.
Their role seems likely to become a central concern of politicians.
“This has been the most useful piece of training or development that I have ever done.”
The social value of art comes to the fore in periods of distress.
Atul Gawande draws on coaching to help the dying depart elegantly.
“Martin’s coaching helped me to value my own judgment and to feel more confident in applying this to tricky situations.”
Ever since the ancient Greeks, self-awareness has been a central theme of Western philosophy. Recent corporate reputational crises suggest that we should now apply this understanding to organisations.
Awaken to what is to subvert ossified organisations and groupthink.
The employee-owned retailer puts the welfare of staff above any other purpose. It proves a good recipe for commercial success.
“It is not by chance that Mark and Martin call themselves a ‘counter-consultancy’. There are no diagrams, no matrix and no pattern. This is about real attempts to find solutions to genuinely complex and tangled issues.”
We should respond to a day of infamy by checking our impetus to certainty.
“He drew me out and made me think for myself and by probing my answers helped me get my thinking clear.”
Gary Hamel’s What Matters Now is an important contribution to the literature on social value.
The world in crisis is a context that leaders, and their coaches, can’t ignore.
In the post-Brexit leadership vacuum, it’s time to set a new direction..
Businesses face public demands to show how they create value for society. We offer a tried and tested framework for sustaining social value in your organisation.
We are too doing-focussed. We need more of a sense of being in what we do.
Organisations are emotionally-charged places. But little of this ever reaches the boardroom.
Frederic Laloux celebrates the organisations that exist to nurture human potential.
Intensifying global competition in higher education will force universities to define more clearly who they serve.
“Mark and Martin have taken time to understand how our business works and asked challenging questions about the kind of company that we want to be. Their open, relaxed style meant that we were able to get to the crux of certain issues.”
Happier staff, loyal customers and a sense of contribution to society.
Coaching is barely a profession, characterised by great diversity. In its fringes lie its relevance to the 21st Century
Coaches and consultants should stand aside from corporate agendas to align themselves with societal ethics.
Universities need a more networked approach to leadership.
Modern corporations should turn to Robert Greenleaf for ethical inspiration.
To lead is to eschew inflicting ourselves mindlessly on others.
Chris Grey’s Studying Organizations challenges fashionable nonsense of both managerialist and oppositional varieties.
“I would very much recommend Vogel Wakefield as a team that gets quickly to the heart of an organisation.”
– Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery
How counter-consultancy eases the path to interdisciplinarity.
“Martin has been an excellent coach. He really pushed me hard to find my own solutions.”
“They stayed with the work programme to the very end, despite numerous changes of direction and postponements. A very refreshing ‘consultant’ experience, conducted with mutual respect and in an atmosphere of trust.”
Workplaces are full of people acting out their defensive strategies..
How we use conversation and reflection to mobilise distributed leadership.