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Broken ribs

One day, a long time ago, the school bell rang and within seconds the corridor was its normal state of total chaos. Kids running into each other and by each [...]
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The blank page

I love the blank page; it makes me pause. I love that it is full of possibilities. I love that before the keys make their mark there is a moment [...]
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Admiring “opponents”

I am a left of centre, liberal-minded, social democrat. I was a Labour Party member for most of my adult life, and in the 2015 General Election I had the [...]
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The unfamiliar path

It’s January, and another year (thank goodness). Wherever you are and however you feel, I hope this year unfolds with kindness and care. I am long past wanting to heap [...]
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The last note

This is my last blog of 2021 and it is a more personal reflection than I am typically comfortable to post, however I would like to tell you a little [...]
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Twelve gifts of leadership

In the last few days, I have heard stories from and about all kinds of leaders. I have heard about ignorant and hurtful leadership, of confusing and missing-the-point leadership, but [...]
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This one is for Jane

What should we expect of the most senior lawyer employed in a business, or charity, or public institution in the UK? She is called Jane and she is a thoroughly [...]
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The baleful ballad of John Cocksure

“I fundamentally disagree” said John Cocksure, shaking his head in the exaggerated manner of someone comfortable in the limelight of their own making. He then lolled backwards on his chair, [...]
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A guided tour of our potential

There are signs of recovery, with an accompanying sense of normality, in the conversations I am having with people going for new roles and being excited about the possibilities of [...]
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Going away, to come back

I wonder if these keys work. My laptop is open, and a blank page awaits, I have not written a blog for a few weeks now. I can hear the [...]
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Counting is not what counts

Legal Department metrics? I am not that bothered. Count what you like, present it how you like, extrapolate it all you like, the things we count have largely been chosen [...]
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The need for speed

The need for speed pervades all we do. We are bombarded with advertising and influencers wanting us to lose weight fast and be beach ready in 14 days. Or the [...]
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Forgotten but not gone

Social media is an odd place. It has been, and often still is, a cheerful distraction, full of insight and generosity; and it can be an extraordinary force for good. [...]
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If resigning is not enough…

“Do you expect me to talk?” “No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die.” A few days ago, I wrote about the Post Office scandal: https://www.lbcwisecounsel.com/resources/articles/article/resigning-is-not-enough/#.YMPSLKhKhPY I made clear my view [...]
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Resigning is not enough

…The Captain then made her usual pre-flight announcement. As she handed over to the cabin-crew she reminded us that her colleagues “are here for your comfort, but mostly for your [...]
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You are amazing

You do know you are amazing? A story in the making, full of joy, sadness, hope and vulnerability. An inspiration, even if you feel small and incomplete. How do I [...]
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May I think about it?

It was just another ordinary day. I was probably three weeks into my first General Counsel role. The calls and messages of support and congratulations had passed. This call was [...]
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The small boy in the queue…

On Tuesday 18 May 1993 I left home in the chilled darkness that hangs in the air before the dawn chorus. When I arrived in North London, at the home [...]
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Make the case and do it your way

It was probably about four years ago deep into a parched rainless summer. After a stiflingly hot, slow Tube ride and then a longer walk than was ideal in a [...]
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Earlier, Now, Tomorrow, Later.

Earlier We were all standing slightly apart from each other on Tuesday. A quietly shuffling group of people, and a cold wind forcing hands to be pushed deep into coat [...]
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We can decide not to be innovative

Being innovative is a really bad idea in most situations. In most situations relying on tried and tested is best. I accept entirely that if you had been on Apollo [...]
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Going quietly

There is a constant conundrum for introverts on social media. Some days all I see is the din of opinion, the puffery of self-promotion and a constant strident flow of [...]
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Build it well

Now. A place I have built made from all my gone befores. On a clear day, now is the place from where I see opportunity blowing on the winds of [...]
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“Why are you striving?”

Occasionally I hear myself say something in the course of a conversation, and I think “that sounds quite good, I should write it down”. What usually happens then, of course, [...]
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I sometimes wear a mask

As the sun shines and daffodils appear, with all the talk of vaccines and our current lockdown lifting, I think I am allowed to blink into the Spring light with [...]
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It’s about time

This note is on time. If it’s not too late. Time, for me, has never been an ever-expanding universe that I can fill with whatever I like. I suspect time [...]
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All that glisters is not sold

If you hang around for as long as I have, you will notice how big ideas come and go, and come again. Like us, they are all just passing through. [...]
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A workshop without content

I ran a workshop last week that had no content and it went quite well. We talked about listening, about poetry, and about places and spaces that gave us peace. [...]
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What counts?

What value do you bring to your role? What is the value of your contribution? Is the value you bring the value that is being measured? The things we tend [...]
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The first rule of leadership…

I have had a few calls this week, and three comments stand out. The first was a lawyer describing the time she was “let go” by her law firm at [...]
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When words catch the winds of change

When words catch the winds of change, we do not just hear them, but we feel them too. It has been a more comfortable week for rhetoric. Bombast, aggression, unkindness [...]
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Call yourself a lawyer?

I do not often write about lawyers being lawyers. I write about them mostly as leaders, managers, colleagues and humans. However, occasionally I like to write about what it means [...]
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Thinking of you

Four years ago this month my father died. It was not sudden; he had been very poorly for some time. Thankfully, the end for him was peaceful and at home. [...]
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Sunday evening spin

I have treated the Christmas holiday break as would an aging bear preparing for winter. I have laid down a sustaining layer of subcutaneous fat and would like to offer [...]
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This will be over…

This will be over. And we will know when. It will be over when we can meet again in our favourite place for coffee, searching for a table that isn’t [...]
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Hello silence, my old friend

The meeting room was full of noise. Silence looked in, but she knew silence would not be welcome. She therefore waited quietly outside just in case silence was needed. She [...]
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