Archive for the ‘Embodied Leadership’ Category

During a black-belt test, in Japanese martial arts, the candidate will sit at one end of the mat, and three or more opponents will sit at the other end. At the moment indicated by the teacher, the opponents will attack.  To pass the test the candidate needs to find a way to be in charge. […]

Read MoreMay 15, 2020 8:00 am - Posted by Pete_Hamill

To develop into more connected, purposeful leaders, we need to become more attuned to our emotional and physical responses to difficult situations. ‘Is that the opposite of disembodied leadership?’ is a quip I sometimes get when I mention this concept. It’s meant as a joke, but the answer is yes – it is.  In James Joyce’s Dubliners, […]

Read MoreOctober 1, 2018 7:13 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

In our current culture our head is the important bit. The body is what brings it around from meeting to meeting, and if our body’s lucky, we’ll take it to the gym occasionally and look after it. That’s common sense in our culture, and when we think about leadership, the body may have something to […]

Read MoreApril 6, 2017 7:06 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

When you are put into positions of power and authority in organisations you are given many levers and mechanisms which you can try to use to control – appraisals, bonuses, salaries etc. However compelling people to do things for you is not leading them – it’s an attempt at control, and usually people resent it […]

Read MoreMarch 31, 2014 10:39 am - Posted by Pete_Hamill

Invitation to my book launch 26th June, 6.30pm, RSA, London For the last two years I have been writing my book, and I would like to invite you to come along and celebrate with me, its launch into the world. It will be an opportunity to hear more about the book, and the work that […]

Read MoreMay 3, 2013 4:39 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

This is an article which I wrote for my publisher to help publicise my new book. I decided to make it available here as well as on their website.   How effective is leadership development? Some things to consider: Prior to the economic crash, many of the investment banks that indulged in dubious behaviours, were […]

Read MoreMay 1, 2013 3:39 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

The World Wide Web is 20 years old, I am informed, and in that time we have accumulated huge amounts of knowledge. At a moments notice, with the aid of Google, Wikipedia and Amazon, we can access vast quantities of information, pretty much immediately. The Encyclopaedia set that I grew up with in my parent’s […]

Read MoreApril 30, 2013 3:26 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

“What is this life, if full of care, We have no time to stand and stare” from “Leisure,” by W.H. Davies Have you ever really thought about just how much you miss? How much is happening, or going on around you, that you never even notice or really see? Like most of us, you’ll probably […]

Read MoreJune 6, 2011 3:54 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

Many of the leadership development programmes that I am asked to take on have a theme of equipping managers to handle ambiguity and uncertainty. In today’s world where change and uncertainty are key themes, leaders are required who can remain calm and collected, who are able to think things through and come to reasoned responses. […]

Read MoreApril 15, 2011 12:33 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill