Skilful Leaders Blog

Day 4: Harness the Power of Mind-Body Connection

By Sally-Anne, 04.04.20

Today we focus our Power of Pause practice on creating space between an external stimulus - what someone says or does, or a situation or event - and our reaction...

Day 3: Listen to Nature

By Sally-Anne, 03.04.20

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: 5 Steps to the Pause Habit

By Sally-Anne, 02.04.20

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, 01.04.20

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, 31.03.20

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, 15.11.19

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, 02.09.19

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, 27.06.19

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...

Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There!

By Sally-Anne, 18.01.19

A journey from the outside in. Funny how you can happily build a successful career over 20+ years in a top class organisation and then, when you stop doing doing doing, you come unstuck...