Skilful Leaders Blog

Day 3: Listening to Nature

By Sally-Anne, 08.10.20

Being able to step away from a situation and gain perspective on the bigger picture is an essential leadership tool. In order to do that, we need to have emotional awareness and be able to calm our minds when things around us might be challenging, turbulent or confused...

Day 2: The Five Principles of Developing the Power of Pause Habit

By Sally-Anne, 04.10.20

Developing any habit takes practice, and so today we’ll be looking at the five principles of developing the Pause Habit: Why, Start Small, Concentrate, Be Consistent and Enjoy It...

Day 1: Why Learn to Pause?

By Sally-Anne, 04.10.20

Today we’ll learn what the Pause habit is, and how it can help us in times of challenge and stress. By learning the three simple steps of Pause, Focus and Breathe, you’ll discover how to create a mental space that allows you to respond ‘on purpose’, rather than reacting from a stressed...

21 Days on the Mountain – A Moment of Calm

By Sally-Anne, 04.10.20

Hello from a small village, at the end of a valley in the French Alps – my home. I want to tell you about a series of 21 short videos I’m making called ’21 Days on the Mountain’. From tomorrow, I’ll post one video every morning, from a different spot out in nature, close to […]

Evolving Leadership

By Sally-Anne, 03.10.20

Leaders are made, not born. This was one of the first things I was taught as a trainee Royal Navy officer back in the 80s. I didn’t wholly buy into it at the time, and over the years I’ve seen a few naturally gifted leaders in action — inspiring and engaging the people around them...

Navigating Stormy Waters… and Other Leadership Lessons

By Sally-Anne, 02.10.20

It’s years since I left the Royal Navy. Since then I’ve mainly been helping other leaders figure out how to lead. And yet every time I board a ship I have a goosebump moment. As if my body is simultaneously remembering and anticipating the feeling of being at sea. A powerful mix of excitement, apprehension, awe...

It’s Never Too Late to Dream

By Sally-Anne, 01.10.20

I’ve just done a 4-day retreat with this wonderful couple. They are thinking ahead to their retirement in a couple of years and they came to my Time Out retreat to talk about what that means for them. They want to plan for their retirement in a conscious way...

Finding the Purpose You’ve Already Got

By Sally-Anne, 30.09.20

After a year of painful reflection, I realised that I’d been so committed to my work, so absorbed by its clear, collaborative purpose, that my work had become my identity. When I moved on, it felt as though I was leaving an essential part of me behind. I had come unstuck. So before I could figure out “what next?”, I had to answer “who am I?”...

Disappointment to Joy in 3 Simple Steps

By Sally-Anne, 29.09.20

It was a horrible Christmas. It was a great Christmas. I’d been looking forward to it for weeks. My young adult twin sons were coming home on Christmas Eve. And some old friends of ours were coming to stay with their 3 younger children...