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About James

I've been an unconventional leader since I was a teenager. First with the scout movement, then the Territorial Army. After university I joined the UK civil service on a graduate management development programme. My career is now in its third decade and I've worked in Finance, HR, policy, strategy, IT, change, operations management and internal consultancy. Over the years I've mentored, coached and developed dozens of senior managers and hundreds of people.

Staff Engagement Exercises Explained

I was involved in my second staff engagement exercise as part of a UK Civil Service recruitment recently. This time I was one of the staff on the panel rather than a candidate. So I learnt a lot about how Continue reading Staff Engagement Exercises Explained

How to Write Meeting Notes

The world seems awash with productivity hacks, and taking good meeting notes will make you a lot more productive at work. I’ve come to realise that it’s a key skill, and not one to leave to the most junior person Continue reading How to Write Meeting Notes

People are NOT Resources – how to change your language

People are not resources, so if you mean people then say people. People are not possessions or interchangeable parts to be consumed or exploited, and the language we use needs to recognise that. We should be treating everyone fairly, and Continue reading People are NOT Resources – how to change your language

Weeknotes 23-27 March 2020

I’m back at work, although given that we’re all working from home that seems like a very wrong statement. I’ve literally not gone back anywhere, I’m sitting in my living room, or my bedroom (depending on whether or not it’s Continue reading Weeknotes 23-27 March 2020

Weeknotes 7-20 March 2020

I re-started my Weeknotes again two weeks ago with good intentions. It seemed that the sensitivity of my work had dropped, and the all out pace had slackened. I was lining up for a new project after a few days Continue reading Weeknotes 7-20 March 2020