Journal

My journal is a place to express my thoughts about what I do. The entries you see here are prompted by client scenarios or the ideas that inform my work. I hope they may be useful to those who are trying to find out about me or who want stimulus for their own thinking.

Lucy Ball Director of Lucy Ball Consulting

The Paradoxical Theory of Change

What’s the problem? Let’s fix it! Then let’s move onto the next problem! The clock is ticking, we need to DO SOMETHING! What’s the gap?…

My selves have lost their compartments

Imagine hosting a party in your own home. At this party is everybody in your life: Partner, Kids, Siblings, Parents, Pets, In-laws, Teachers, Students, Clients, Colleagues, Employees,…

What is ‘Gestalt’ exactly?

Gestalt is an approach and way of being that I use in my coaching work and in my life. It is a set of principles…

Learned helplessness

This post is about how clever leaders inadvertently create poor followers.  Many leaders rise to the top of their organisations by being clever, pacey, problem-solvers.…

Let’s not over-simplify stress

Leaders and coaches need to understand stress with a bit of subtlety if we are to avoid some common mistakes. Here are 5 ways of…

Crisis Leadership: 3 Hows

This is a challenging time to be a leader. I want to share three ways I see leaders handling things well. We are in a…

Catastrophising

I really know how to catastrophise. And, at the moment, I think many of you might know it too. Catastrophising or Catastrophic thinking is when…

5 tips for doing deep work via video

When I say ‘deep’ I mean work that requires a level of human connection that is typically achieved face to face. I mean leadership work like…

How are you feeling about the planet now?

A few months ago I posted about Climate Crisis and Ecological Breakdown. I said I’d been living alongside the facts for many years but not…

Career questions: What do I want next?

Some of my coaching clients are senior leaders wondering about what’s next for them. This could be because of a re-organisation or redundancy or a…

My friend, my inner critic

You are not good enough! You are ridiculous! You are a failure! You are too slow! You are too messy! You are bad! You are…

When teams have baggage

So much of my work with executive teams focuses on the future. What is our shared purpose? What are we trying to achieve? How will…

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