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Developing compassion through storytelling

“Compassion is the radicalism of our time” Dalai Lama

You could easily imagine that compassion is a word that is used a lot in the NHS but sounds a bit strange on a building site, an instillation in the North Sea or a train track.

The first time I came across compassion as a word to describe an attitude was in a workforce engagement session for a large construction company. We were talking about how we would like to be approached and spoken to when having a safety conversation. It appeared again at a contractor conference for the same reason. It struck me that our work and the stories we tell allow people to use words that describe our needs as humans on a deeper and more personal level without feeling embarrassed or awkward in a work environment.

Human beings have told stories for as long as we have been around in order to make sense of our worlds and our relationships with each other. Using stories in order to develop compassionate organisations is something we need in all our working environments. As one of the participants at a Centrica conference last week said “We need to tell more personal stories in order to understand each other and behave with compassion towards each other.”

If you are interested to hear more please get in touch with Tess -  Tel 0131 478 2368

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Team vs Talent?

Yves Morieux challenges our thinking about top talent and our obsessive focus on measurement and individual accountability. Is it really possible that less talent and more collaboration could lead to higher productivity? Find out watching his provocative Ted Talk.

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Pause for Breath: Transform your Leadership Dialogue in 2016

Amanda Ridings is running a Pause for Breath programme in starting on 24th and 25th February 2016. 

A Director of HR describes the impact: ‘I regard myself as a skilled communicator, but the programme has taken me into new territory and I’ve learned a great deal about my patterns in dialogue.’

 For more information, go to her website
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Are you thinking about succession for your business?

Clansman Dynamics Event – 09 December 2015, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire

Successful succession: watch a shortvideo of employee owned Clansman and discover why they chose employee ownership to secure the future of the Lanarkshire-based business. Want to find out more? Book your place at their event on 9 December on the Scottish Enterprise website.

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Pause for Breath - Free Exploratory Session in Edinburgh

Free Exploratory Session
Pause for Breath: Bringing the Practices of Mindfulness and Dialogue to Leadership Conversations, 19th October 2015 in Edinburgh

Amanda Ridings ( is hosting a free ‘exploratory session’ for a new programme of dialogue-related work which begins in February 2016. It is ‘no obligation’ and will take place in central Edinburgh on Monday 19 October 2015. Tea and coffee will be available from 1.30pm for a 2pm start, finish at 5.30pm.

This is for leaders, coaches and practitioners who are intrigued by their contribution to, and impact in, conversations, and who are committed to cultivating an authentic presence and voice. Pause for Breath explores: the influence of internal dialogue on your interactions with others and your effectiveness in your organisation; how to increase your versatility in challenging or delicate conversations and to develop capacity for doing this in 'bad weather' (adverse conditions; and how to germinate systemic change, one leadership conversation at a time.)

Contact Amanda Ridings directly for more information;

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Grow Your Own Leadership

How to lead yourself to be the best leadeyou can be                          tree

The idea that I have a choice about what kind of leader I want to be has transformed my life. I realise that I have been expecting the organisation to define what leadership is and to teach me how to do it. I had no idea that I could grow it myself. That’s exciting.”

Jan is smiling broadly, eyes shining and buzzing with positive energy. Jan is a so-called “Middle Manager” in a large company and had just completed the first day of her leadership development programme. Like most delegates, Jan comes to leadership development with the expectation of being developed into a leader by her organisation. What she has discovered is that she is already a leader. Jan is here to discover her own leadership roots, access her own potential and take responsibility for becoming the leader she aspires to be.

People like Jan are very lucky to work organisations that invest in giving them the time, space and support to grown their own leadership. However, once you realise that growing your own leadership is a personal choice, you have just as much opportunity as Jan, and sometimes more.
But, how would you go about it without the company programme? You create a “my programme” using these five “modules” (feel free to customise) over whatever timeframe you choose.

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