Skilful Leaders Blog

A clean break?

By Sally-Anne, 31.12.20

Spilling ginger tea all over yourself might seem an unlikely route to a New Year resolution. But sometimes our reflections are stimulated in the most unlikely ways. Hear what happened today after my favourite ever mug split clean in two as I filled it with boiling water...

On This Day (of all days)…

By Sally-Anne, 08.11.20

I woke up early this morning with a song in my heart. A song of joy? Of hope? Surprisingly not. It was Mr Horrible complaining that ‘Someone Keeps Moving My Chair’. What??!! I got up. Put on my favourite Sunday morning music — Vivaldi’s Gloria — desperate for it to drown out Mr Horrible’s words. But no...

Day 21: Maintain the Pause Habit

By Sally-Anne, 21.04.20

Before I ask you to join me today for our final Power of Pause video, let me just remind you of the five habits that we talked about back on Day 1, to help you literally create a pathway in your nervous system which will enable you to pause more automatically as time goes on...

Day 20: Nurture Your Inner Leader

By Sally-Anne, 20.04.20

I’m not a patient person, but this project has taught me to cultivate patience just as much as it’s taught me to cultivate fresh food. It’s a slow process that requires concentration and commitment, and my relationship with the earth helps to feed the quality within me that I need to nurture...

Day 19: Cultivate Your Inner Smile

By Sally-Anne, 19.04.20

Flowers are really important symbols at all life events, from birth right through to death. Different types of flowers can evoke different emotions for us - from the joy in seeing those first shoots of early daffodils, to the romance of beautiful roses or the abundance of an enormous sunflower...

Day 18: Learn Resilience from the Willow

By Sally-Anne, 18.04.20

The ability to be grounded yet flexible, to respond more easily to whatever life throws in our path, and to bounce back with resilience and a lightness of being. Perhaps of all the qualities that we need as a leader, and there are many, resilience is one that we might ensure we cultivate...

Day 17: Embrace Your Shadow Self

By Sally-Anne, 17.04.20

In our Power of Pause practice today we reflect on light and shadow, and the question of opposites. Our emotional highs and lows, our ups and downs, and our shadow side. To consider the fact that both are necessary, that it’s ok to allow ourselves to feel what we feel...

Day 16: See the Big Picture

By Sally-Anne, 16.04.20

Being able to see the big picture as well as the detail is an essential leadership skill. If we want something to change, we need to be able to see it from all angles so that we can develop a realistic view of what’s happening and respond appropriately rather than behave reactively...

Day 15: Explore Continuity and Change

By Sally-Anne, 15.04.20

In a world where everything is constantly changing, it can be grounding, and perhaps also give us some perspective, to contemplate our past. Where have we come from? And what do we want our legacy to be, for our children and for the world at large?...