Tag Archives: Inclusion

Building A Special Team

As the old adage goes, time flies when you are having fun. It is amazing how quick the years go by nowadays. I celebrated my birthday with close friends and family, as well as receiving a crazily large bunch of generous messages across social media. Firstly, I have to express my gratitude to everyone for […]

René Receives Honorary Doctorate

Education Is The Passport There is a time in our lives when we don’t quite believe in ourselves. Often, someone special takes the time to encourage you, look out for you – a mentor. They give you their confidence and unconditional support. For many people over the years this person has been René Carayol. Roehampton […]

Who Are You Listening To

Who Are You Listening To? As the late great Maya Angelou reminded us, “Not everyone remembers what you said, but everyone remembers how you made them feel.” The progressive senior executives I have the privilege of coaching appear to have a current common theme, that they care strongly about the ‘trickle down’ effect of their […]

Higher and Higher

5 Ways to Create an Inclusive Culture The technology division of Vodafone, like far too many businesses, has openly been struggling to attract and retain talented women. The received wisdom was that this was down to recruitment. Consequently, it was perceived that as long as they could get more women into their recruitment pipeline, the […]

The Illusion of Inclusion

We Don’t See Things The Same I was meeting Priyanka’s mother for the first time, I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was really excited to meet her. She had come to London with Priyanka from Mumbai, India, for a short trip, and we both ensured that we had the opportunity to meet up. […]

Where’s Rene?

BBC Children in Need Having worked with The Executive Team of BBC Children in Need just recently, it was a pleasant surprise to be asked to return to work with all of their leadership team. We spent half a day in Birmingham with forty of their top brass. It didn’t feel that there was any […]

Do Some of Your Employees Feel Invisible?

do some of your employees feel invisible

How to inspire and motivate your workforce Diversity and inclusion appear to be back in fashion again, and it is probably linked to what is going on globally with the rise of anti-immigration sentiments driving xenophobic behaviour. From Myanmar to Austria, from the USA to the UK and in far too many places across Africa. […]

On the Journey to Diversity

African Development Bank Back in Abidjan, Ivory Coast with the African Development Bank (AfDB), I was again reminded about the value and benefits of having diverse teams from different backgrounds but also from different generations. Oley Dibba-Wadda, the Director of Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development and her outstanding (but relatively newly formed) team were […]

Spike Stories Episode 23 – Young, Gifted and Blocked

Young, Gifted and Blocked

As an early morning ‘icebreaker’ for our Leadership Retreats, we run quite a straightforward exercise that focuses on the group’s ability to simplify complex situations and work in small action orientated teams. It’s a popular and fun exercise that provides many subtle and not so subtle insights into the prevailing culture of the organisation they […]