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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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3pm

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Aug 10, 2016
First rule about 3pm club is it’s not at 3pm. It’s a metaphorical 3pm and a real time in a woman’s life. A couple of weeks ago at the creative writing group I go to, our teacher Maggie asked us to write about 2 different times of the day, exactly

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Travelling

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Aug 10, 2016
‘Did it change your life?’ That was the question everybody asked when I got back from travelling. Nobody really wanted to see the pictures or videos, but they all wanted to know how 7 weeks backpacking in South East Asia had affected me. I wasn’t sure how to answer them.

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The Tour Guide

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jul 20, 2016
The good thing about travelling to different countries it it’s taken me out of my familiar zone. It’s taken me to places I’ve never been before. I recently backpacked around South East Asia – Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam. Amazing, countries, fantastic food and incredible people. In

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This is me

Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   No Comments   |  Posted on: Jul 12, 2016
Some days I’m not sure who I am. Maybe that’s not as important as knowing what I do though. Today, I logged onto LinkedIn to catch up with what was going with my professional connections.  Usually there’s a few interesting articles to read. I noticed a few colleagues’ ‘professional headline’

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