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How does it feel to be excluded?

Have you ever felt excluded? I’m not just talking about race, gender, age, religion and sexual orientation. Let’s think through some scenarios. Have you ever been in a P.E. (Physical Education) lesson where there is a team sport (e.g. basketball)?…

Why invite people to the party and not invite them to dance?

In the last two Leadership Memos, we explored what diversity is, what inclusion is, and how diversity relates to inclusion. We learnt that they are not the same thing. We also mentioned that diversity and inclusion are part of what…

Inviting and asking people to dance: Diversity and inclusion at work

Leadership Memo 2021-5 What comes to your mind when you hear the term “diversity and inclusion”? Do you think that it’s a bunch of mumbo jumbo? Are you annoyed that you have more boxes to tick? Do you think that…

Asking people to dance: Creating better spaces to be more inclusive at work

Leadership Memo 2021-4 We hear the term “diversity and inclusion” quite a bit recently, but do we really know what that means? Do we know how that applies to our work, regardless of whether it is remote? “Psychological safety” is…

Do you know that gratitude is a great stress reliever?

The past year is definitely one for the history books. The world is not what we are used to. We are forced to change the way we do things. The old ways don’t work anymore, we have to change our…

Integrity is not outdated, it’s a crucial leadership quality

Leadership Memo 2021-3 In the past couple Leadership Memos, I recommended a list of essentials that agile leaders do (read the full article in January Memo for a refresh). I also defined the differences between leadership and management: leadership is…

Humility is more than a rave, it’s essential in leadership

I have been hearing the terminology of servant leadership a lot, that leaders need to be servant leaders. So what is a servant leader? The terms servant and leader seem to be contradictory, don’t they? I would suggest this definition:…

Do you know the difference between leadership and management?

Leadership Memo 2021-2 Last month, I asked, “How do you know you’re a leader?” and I recommended a list of essentials that agile leaders do. This time, I want to get down to the basics. What is the difference between…

How do you know you are a leader?

Leadership Memo 2021-1 Happy New Year! As we start the first week of the new year, new hope and excitement bubbles. However, we’re not that quick to forget the volatility, uncertainties, complexities and ambiguities (VUCA) that we all experienced in…