Vogel Wakefield newsletter, June 2014
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Counter-consultancy strikes a chord

Welcome to the first quarterly newsletter from Vogel Wakefield. It's been an exciting time for us, as we relaunched the business with a new name. We want to express our thanks to all of you who have responded so positively to our rethink. People seem to appreciate the personal stamp we've put on the business. And the idea of the counter-consultancy has struck a chord with many of you. There is a real need among leaders to find the space to foster a reflective approach to managing the complexity of organisational life. 

Among the work we've been doing, we've been returning to our roots with a big project in the media sector while also undertaking assignments in the arts and with NGOs. We're also delighted to be beginning a new stream of work in the financial services sector.

Calling leaders in start-ups and social enterprises

We are developing some ideas for open programmes for leaders in start-ups and social enterprises. These will explore the idea of leadership as a long game and how you can bring resilience and presence of mind to the complexity and pace of an organisation experiencing rapid growth. If you'd be interested in participating in an early pilot at reduced cost, drop us a line.

From the Vogel Wakefield blog

Doing the right thing is a lonely business. Ask Georges Picquart, who blew the whistle on the Dreyfus affair.
Busyness and long hours are marks of status but utterly self-defeating. Take 30 seconds to regain control.
Why we changed. The feedback from clients which paved the road from Valoro to Vogel Wakefield.
Read more at the Vogel Wakefield blog.

What we're reading

Mark's reading

  • Focus by Daniel Goleman. Goleman's Emotional Intelligence was a book that changed my life. So I was excited about a book on focus which to me, increasingly, seems the key to effectiveness in any aspect of life and most particularly the coaching room.  Sadly, it’s little more than a rehash of the earlier material and not worth the money, I am afraid.
  • The Powers by Walter Wink. This (shamefully) is left-over reading from my ordination course seven years ago. Wink was a theologian who brought profound psychological insights to bear on the question of evil in this work of New Testament scholarship on the early church. While he saw the Enlightenment rejection of the medieval Christian notions of evil as understandable, he argued that the result of this was to neutralise our view of evil, robbing it of its truly malevolent dimensions. 

Martin's reading

  • Being Genuine by Thomas d'Ansembourg. This was pre-reading for a workshop I've just done on a practice known as non-violent communication. The essence is to break free of conversations in which people are simply itching to say their piece and learn the skill of listening to what is really being said.
  • The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. Death and mayhem on the streets of Stocholm in a 1960s police procedural which set the template for Scandinavian noir. A fine antidote to professional development.
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