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Circle Time

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Dec 04, 2018
Lily was worried. The group was not what it used to be. ‘I don’t want to be told, “Oh that’s lovely” or “I really like it.” That’s not what I go for. I go to be stretched, challenged, to get better at it. That’s not happening any more. I’m stagnating.

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Disclosing

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Dec 03, 2018
Paul introduced me to them in Costa last week. Over a cup of green tea. A cup, fit for a tall latte rather than hot water the colour of a pale pea. I had a feeling I’d met them before, in Newcastle years ago. Was it Tony Wright who had

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Pruning

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Nov 06, 2018
I’m cutting. And cutting. Cutting back to allow for new growth. Cutting to stop wasting energy. To stop momentum going in the wrong direction, to the wrong place, at the wrong time. It’s hard to find the right place to cut because there so much and it’s all tangled up.

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You S of A

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Oct 28, 2018
Sipping from the cup of home-made apple pie I push my sunglasses straight and gaze up to the sky I’m in safe company, me, myself and I As I dream of the future and the planes fly by   It’s autumn or fall, I never know which The sun starts

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Train of Thought

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   1 Comments   |  Posted on: Jan 10, 2017
I know a few things. I’ve always enjoyed reading, gathering information, research and evidence. I suppose I could say I love learning – figuring things out, learning new skills, taking courses and filling myself with facts, figures, models and theories. I’ve learned an immeasurable and often forgettable amount over the

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The Beauty Inside

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jan 08, 2017
I love Scotland. I’d forgotten how staggeringly beautiful it is. My memory and my passion were rekindled last week when I went on a mini tour of some of Scotland’s stunning countryside. I’d bought my husband a ‘Beach Landing on Barra’ as his Christmas present. I’d never been to the

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Martini Learning

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jan 04, 2017
I adore questions. I love taking my time to construct them and I especially love it when people ask me questions that really make me think, that make my eyes hunt and my brain hurt. I was on LinkedIn yesterday (I really should get out more) when a colleague’s ‘new

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Creative Leadership

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jan 03, 2017
Self-awareness is what Style J leadership is all about. I realised this when I was watching a You Tube video today.  I’d gone on to LinkedIn as I do most mornings, to check for any interesting articles. I like to read posts I can relate to and one by Australian Coach Educator Stuart Lierich popped

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Style J Prototyping

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Dec 13, 2016
Sometimes I don’t pay enough attention – to me. Yesterday I found I’d been prototyping part of my Style J leadership development process, and I wasn’t even aware of it. I’d driven for an hour, to meet a new connection, not really knowing exactly what she wanted from me. Our agenda

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Style J Leadership

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Dec 05, 2016
I think I’m a facilitator. I call myself a facilitator of learning. I have the certificate, I’ve done the training, passed the assessment and been quality assured. And yet this week I wonder if I really am. I always believed a facilitator of learning helps others learn, supports them, makes

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My Forbidden City

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Dec 05, 2016
A throw away comment can be worth saving. I learned that last week in Beijing, exploring one of the top sights in China with an old friend Sherry Chen. I’d already planned to visit The Forbidden City when Sherry sent me a message, “May we join you? Sightseeing in the

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Stop Chasing

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Dec 05, 2016
Over the summer I heard a song on the radio that stuck in my mind. It popped back into my head again last week with the latest research about what makes an effective school leader. It was mid August. I remember it was an unusually sunny morning for a Scottish summer day. It

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What leaders can learn from plants

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Sep 10, 2016
Plants have little in common with humans; they know the purpose of their life, they know the reason they exist and they do everything they can every day to fulfil their reason raison d’être. At least that’s what I’m led to believe by the expert gardeners on our long running

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Map of Iceland

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Sep 07, 2016
Iceland has left me feeling curious. I spent last week on holiday there and came away full of questions. It was the first time I’d been to Iceland and I chose one of the best weeks of their summer. Reykjavik was full of blue skies and sunshine. It was warm

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Hide and Seek

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Aug 10, 2016
If I wanted to hide I’d be a tree. In a forest. Straight, tall and green like all the rest. I’d be rooted, still, standing, never moving, one of thousands of trees, in thousands of forests all over the world. If I wanted to hide I’d follow the rules. Toe

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