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

Collaboration caution

Research published in Harvard Business Review Febuary 2016’s article Collaborative Overload by Cross, Rebele and Grant found that ‘the time spent by managers and employees in collaborative…

Team endings

I’m inspired to write about endings by a friend and colleague who recently became MD of an international non-profit organisation. Hold on, this sounds like a…

Viral change

The prevailing frame of reference for change programmes continues to be a linear, programmatic version of change that has its roots in the process and…

The roles we play in pairs

Pre-teens weren’t even a thing when I was growing up, but now I have one. I can already hear those of you with adult kids…

Corporate loneliness

John Cacioppo is the director of University of Chicago’s Centre for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience and is interested in Loneliness as a social phenomenon.  According…

Resilience

Resilience is much talked about in the world of leadership and organisation development. I love the way the funny and brilliant researcher and speaker, Brene…

Strengths first

Many of us spend so much time thinking about what we are not, that we forget who we are. We grow up with teachers, parents,…

Safe Empowerment

Something is going on at the top of organisations that leads to frustration. Many leadership teams behind closed doors talk about how they would like…

70 20 10

70 20 10 in the field of leadership development is much talked about but not yet widely applied. I see many leadership development professionals getting…

What should I do?

In a parable written by Leo Tolstoy in 1885 called the Three Questions, a King decides that he will never fail if he knows the…

The power of three

Three has been my favourite number since I was a girl; I liked the curves. Three is the number of items I can remember before…

I don’t know

At the station this morning, a dapper looking gentleman was wearing a pin badge on his coat. It said on it simply I don’t know. He…

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