Monty Python's Lessons for Leaders: or how spirituality & leadership are close at hand

Jem Bendell | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK
Jem Bendell

"You are all individuals" exclaimed Brian as he tried to stop the crowds in Jerusalem from following him as their Messiah. The scene from Monty Python...

Jonathan Arnott Is the Best Choice for the New Ukip Leader

Jade Smith | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jade Smith

After Farage's resignation I was at a loss. Who would be the next leader of UKIP and who had the vision to take us forward as a political party? Steve Woolfe is great MEP and a stalwart of UKIP but do not appeal to me and with Suzanne Evan's leadership bid being blocked I had no idea who I saw as the leader of UKIP. There was nobody who was suspected to stand who I could put my utter faith in to take UKIP forward, rebrand and fight tooth and nail for Brexit.

Labour - The New Nasty Party?

Stuart Thomson | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Politics
Stuart Thomson

There are leadership debates taking place in the Greens, Ukip and Labour parties. The Conservative leadership race has accidentally come to a quick conclusion after Andrea Leadsom pushed the self-destruct button. The level of political upheaval though remains unprecedented and there is no doubt that it is a consequence of the Brexit result. But in the Labour contests we are about to see some of the nastiest politics we have seen in over 30 years.

'Soft Skills' Empower Young People to Make the Right Life Choices

Iain Patton | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Iain Patton

Progressive London based youth educational charity Futureversity bridges the skills gap with the provision of innovative 'Soft Skills' training for yo...

Emotional Baggage

Caragh Little | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So I'm not a Mum. I'm sorry if that makes me inadequate. To the considerable relief of everyone who knows me, I'm never going to want to run the country. But if a woman who isn't a mother wants to try it: then be that as it May.

Go Away Gove

Emma Critchley | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Politics
Emma Critchley

I don't like Gove. I don't know him personally but I don't like him. I'm sure that behind closed doors he is a lovely man. However, I only know his p...

Young People Demand Hope Over Fear

Ruth Ibegbuna | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ruth Ibegbuna

Like many others, I have been left reeling since switching on the news that Friday morning. Whether you voted Leave or Remain the ramifications of that decision were instantly felt and the collective sense of anxiety and unease has increased daily.

How Often Do You Actually Buy From Women?

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

This may seem like a strange topic for a blog, but hear me out on this one! We spend a great deal of time discussing equality and diversity when it co...

The Queen's Young Leaders Are the Force That Will Change the World

Adam Bradford | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Bradford

It is an honour to have shared a week with these amazing young people and to have met Her Majesty The Queen. Here are just a few my fellow young leaders and friends who inspired me...

Boris Johnson - And How to Disarm a Narcissist

Neil Gibb | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Neil Gibb

It seems like every day in the UK brings another stunning surprise as the shock waves of the EU referendum blast through our society. This week's news that Boris Johnson won't be standing as replacement to David Cameron has shocked as many people as the actual result did - many simply can't understand it.

Mysterious Ways

Caragh Little | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So as the end-of-term rain hammers down outside, as the postman thinks up new and more outrageous insults as the Summer holidays go on, as the political leaders rip one another apart and as people try to figure out whether Article 50 will actually work in reality... weeks without bells and a timetable loom. Now what?

The Ten-Minute Speech a Labour Leadership Candidate Must Give

Richard Carr | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Carr

With talk of an imminent Labour leadership contest, here's how an anti-Corbyn candidate could declare their candidacy...

Brexit Negotiations Have Actually Already Started

J.N. Paquet | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

However, between what 52% of the British people voted for and what the EU leaders are ready to accept as a good deal with Britain, the new Prime Minister's window of operation is extremely narrow. Some strong headache, a lot of coffee and many sleepless nights to come for the new British PM...

Leadership after Brexit must involve this

Jem Bendell | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jem Bendell

Post-referendum, everyone upset about the result is talking about leadership. How could David Cameron have risked so much just to placate a minority i...

What Next for the Labour Party?

Euan Healey | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Euan Healey

It's the million voter question. But one that I doubt I'll be able to answer - especially given that the Labour Party itself is failing to be able to answer it, as Jeremy Corbyn has today announced that he will not resign even following the loss of a vote of confidence by 172 votes to 40.

Could Brexit See the Birth of a New Political Party?

Mark Oaten | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Oaten

It's not the pound that we should be worried about in these tumultuous times. Markets will recover, the economy will adjust to a post-Brexit reality, and we will find a way of protecting jobs, trade and investment.

Leadership Qualities for the Digital Age?

Luis Alvarez | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Tech
Luis Alvarez

The digital economy will put an end to traditional 'command and control' leadership and make way for a more relaxed, democratic and collaborative style. In the meantime, those of us already in senior roles should start to prepare the ground and make it clear what sort of digital leadership qualities we value, encourage them in others and, not least, find them in ourselves.

EU Sitting Comfortably?

David Pearl | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Politics
David Pearl

Eight year olds won't settle down and turn off the light until their parents have assured them the bedtime story turns out ok. Adults aren't as different as we'd like to think. And our political leaders know that as they use storytelling to put us to sleep.

Business Is People and People Need Meaning

Chris Barez-Brown | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
Chris Barez-Brown

A third of our days on this planet are working days and all too often work becomes transactional. We do things that don't necessarily fill our hearts ...

Our Planet Needs a Purposeful Private Sector, confirms UN

Jem Bendell | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Jem Bendell

This week the bosses of some of the world's largest companies descend on New York to discuss the future of Planet Earth. The United Nations welcomes t...

Looking Forward to Meeting the Queen

Adam Bradford | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK
Adam Bradford

I think there will only be one time in my life that I can say I will be able to meet the Queen in person and that time is now.

An Inspector Calls (and then leaves)

Scott Charlesworth | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK
Scott Charlesworth

In the last week of May, my school Bedales held an education conference as part of its series of 'Leading Independent Thinking' events. Two years ago ...

Digital Stress and Making Time for the Things We Love in Life

Sofie Sandell | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Tech
Sofie Sandell

We are dependent on each other's energy when we work with other people. This becomes very clear in large and complex projects. If we are in the same building we are even breathing the same air.

The Busyness Bind: How It Holds Women Back, and Why We Let It

Neela Bettridge | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Neela Bettridge

Headhunters are trying to talk to more women about senior roles. But one recently told me that the overwhelming majority of women he approaches cannot, or will not, make time to talk. Most of the men, meanwhile, will. And we wonder why men outnumber women in leadership roles.

What Are the Five Essential Qualities of a Campaigner?

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Hayley Goleniowska

The beauty of being an intermittent Radio 4 listener means that I often find the answers to pertinent situations in life precisely when I am not seeki...