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OD as a healing profession

23 Apr 2022, Posted by Helena Clayton in Monthly Blog

In this blog, I wonder out loud about considering OD as a ‘healing’ role.  It’s often considered as part of the helping professions.  Does that include a role in healing? The definition of healing: ‘to make whole again’ and often includes a therapeutic component as…

Tight and loose

16 Mar 2022, Posted by Helena Clayton in Uncategorized

Years ago, as part of a mindfulness training, the wonderful meditation teacher Ed Halliwell, drew a line on a page. TIGHT and one end. LOOSE at the other. How do you live your life? he asked. But he had barely started writing when I was…

This organisation is just like me

16 Mar 2022, Posted by Helena Clayton in Monthly Blog

As a consultant, brought in to help change an organisational system in some way, I can often get frustrated with that system. There’s one thing I increasingly do that helps me that. And that’s apply some of the things I do when I’m irritated or…

Getting into the balcony

16 Mar 2022, Posted by Helena Clayton in Monthly Blog, Uncategorized

Some recent posts have been on the theme of detachment, and this continues that theme. I’m reminding myself here of the practices I use that help me keep a bigger perspective. Heifetz talked about the importance of leaving the dance floor and heading up to…

What Matters Most

07 Feb 2022, Posted by Helena Clayton in Uncategorized

What Matters Most: a new coaching programme Are you in touch with what matters most to you? Currently, I’m hearing from many people who feel they’re: • living their lives according to other people’s ‘shoulds’ • putting aside what matters to them in order to…

This is mine. This is not mine.

31 Oct 2021, Posted by Helena Clayton in Uncategorized

I hear this from a lot people: If I can only work out how to get on top of things and manage my time better, everything will be ok I can do some CBT for my anxiety and that will help me cope I don’t…

‘I matter’

03 Oct 2021, Posted by Helena Clayton in Monthly Blog

My work is all with people. Up close and mostly personal. And you know what’s coming.  I see many people on the edge of burnout and overwhelm, not least through over-attending to the demands and needs of their job and families. At a more macro…

Grief and coaching

01 Aug 2021, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

So my husband’s son died. It was an ‘out of order’ death (to use a phrase from psychotherapist and grief advocate Megan Devine) and and was very tough to process.  In so many obvious and fitting ways, my husband’s grief was primary and mine secondary,…

‘Deepened by diminishment’

05 Jul 2021, Posted by Helena Clayton in Uncategorized, Work as Love in Action

‘Deepened by diminishment’ That phrase has stuck with me ever since I wrote about eldership and its relationship with leadership. Accepting that as we age, our lives get inevitably smaller, ‘eldership’ pushes back hard against that.  Not in the sense of holding back the tide…

Leading from Love

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