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

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…

Diversity: Am I biased?

As more and more organisations put diversity and inclusion on their agendas, many leaders are confronted with, or choose to ask themselves, the question “Am…

The cycle of experience

In 1947, Fritz Perls began to shape an idea that became the Gestalt Cycle of Experience. It was built upon by successive Gestalt thinkers including…

Presence is so much more than charisma

Many of my clients, have, at some point in their career, wanted to build more presence. Perhaps they have had feedback that they need to…

Ignore psychological safety at your peril

Psychological Safety has become part of the business and leadership lexicon. It is a simple, but powerful phenomenon. It describes a state in which one…

On striving

Striving: Trying hard; making one’s way with effort; straining; exerting yourself. What’s your relationship with striving? I see striving as neither good nor bad in itself,…

Why leaders need their coach to be supervised

Good coaches know that their craft requires supervision. In fact evidence suggests that the more mature and experienced a coach is, the more likely they…

The emotionally intelligent leader knows their body

Emotional Intelligence is now firmly accepted as a vital enabler of leadership. In Daniel Goleman’s model, Emotional Intelligence comprises Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness…

Archetypes: What leaders and coaches need to know

What is an archetype?  An archetype is a character that we know in our culture and in our stories. It is the King, the Queen,…

How are you feeling about… climate crisis, biodiversity collapse and mass extinction?

I would like to share how I’m feeling and see what we might have in common. I didn’t glue myself to Oxford Street with Extinction…

None of us is perfect, so why is negative feedback such a minefield?

Today I’m revisiting the topic of feedback. Specifically, why negative feedback is hard and what we can do about it. Hands up if you think…

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