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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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