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What might be possible?

04 Dec 2016, Posted by Helena Clayton in Monthly Blog

Sometimes I’m asked by clients about what underpins my work, what approaches or beliefs my work is based on.  I might say things about the principles of self managed learning, or the importance of intentional practice.  Or about a humanistic philosophy. But often I find myself…

The courage of our convictions

27 Nov 2016, Posted by Helena Clayton in Monthly Blog

To my surprise, this week, I have been thinking about courage. About making a visible and public stand for what you think matters. About having a voice. That’s the thing, I think.  Knowing what matters to you is one thing.  Speaking it out is quite another. In the…

When the past is present

07 Nov 2016, Posted by Helena Clayton in Monthly Blog

Twice this week, I have seen someone write that coaching and therapy are different.  And that coaches must take great care not to drift into therapy.  True, they are different.  But in many ways, it’s a false distinction and there are many ways in which coaching…

Getting to know my jack-in-the-box

07 Jul 2016, Posted by Helena Clayton in Monthly Blog

‘Try as I might, I am unable to obscure, marginalise or shadow myself … like an annoying jack-in-the-box gone wrong, I do not disappear from sight, even momentarily’ . This wonderful quote from Venitha Pillay is often with me as I coach,  facilitate and consult with…

Joy and Leadership And Thich Naht Hanh

09 Jun 2016, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership culture recently. And you know that I’m interested in the idea of how leadership practices can be more loving. Well, I read How to Love  by Thich Naht Hanh, a book ostensibly about our close relationships but one…

The terrifying prospect of rewriting our old story

04 May 2016, Posted by Helena Clayton in Monthly Blog

Work as Love in Action 3: am I choosing to be generous? In leadership development, I often work with binaries, with different ends of a spectrum in order to explore something, maybe creating a false polarity to make a point. Are you a strategic or…

How I’m accessing space to create more space

22 Apr 2016, Posted by Helena Clayton in Monthly Blog

I’ve written in a previous blog how the need for space feels so pressing for leaders. And that a common coaching goal is to help leaders find where that space might be created. In some painful weeks of parallel process, I’ve been struggling with a similar issue….

Best Self? Or Full Self?

13 Mar 2016, Posted by Helena Clayton in Monthly Blog

When we lead, we often think that we have to show our best self to the world. That we need to present a bright and shiny version of ourselves in the belief that that’s what people want to see. We have a culture of perfectionism…