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
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How do you respond to a grumpy authority figure?

This week I’ve had many causes to think about how I, and my clients, respond to a boss, peer or stakeholder who is disappointed, critical,…

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How can men and women talk about feminism?

MeToo, Mansplaining, Everyday Sexism, Women in the Boardroom, ‘Stupid Woman!’ My amateur lip-reading inclines me towards believing Jeremy Corbyn that he said stupid people not…

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The Super Hero Leader

The super hero leader: Is a high achiever Takes on large burdens Volunteers to sort impossible problems Works intensely Doesn’t complain Is their own harshest…

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Being powerful around difficult people

It’s certainly unscientific and probably unprofessional of me to use the term ‘difficult people’ in this journal entry. It’s a generalisation that can be really…

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Feedback and Shame

As is often the case with these journal posts, the topics seem to pick me. This week the topic is feedback and shame. I’ve had…

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Designing a strategy engagement event? 10 Dos and Don’ts

A good strategy engagement event gives leaders and managers in your business the chance to get to grips with the new strategy. It helps people…

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10 tips for leaders joining a new business

Some of my clients are moving on, some have recently moved. Here are 10 tips from my experience of coaching leaders as they establish themselves…

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Heated executive discussions- sitting in the fire

I am privileged to observe and support Executive teams as they grapple with tricky complex decisions. In these discussions I am fascinated by how Executive…

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Countertransference – what coaches need to know

I have been learning from and supervised by psychotherapists for several years as part of my ongoing professional development. The worlds of psychotherapy and coaching…

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Leadership Range not Change

Coaching clients often bring to coaching a particular aspect of their leadership that they want to improve. This has sometimes been brought to their attention…

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When Leaders Cry

Many of my clients have cried at work. Male and female. The last female example: tears of frustration when she didn’t feel heard. The last…

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Dark clouds and loving our weaknesses

I’m prone to melancholy. Although I know bright optimism and joy, I also very keenly feel hopelessness. I consider it one of my weaknesses –…

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