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Calibre Leadership Programme

The Calibre Leadership programme has been specifically designed to address the workplace issues that, both, disabled staff and their organisations face. Run for five years, more than 10 organisations ranging from numerous universities, the NHS, CQC and also Sport England have participated in the programme. Calibre has proven track record of successfully turning disabled staff into real assets for their organisations and this boosts disability confidence across all levels of staff and management. If you are really serious about building…

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Top Ten Tips to being a dyslexia-friendly employer

Top Ten Tips to being a dyslexia-friendly employer

As Dyslexia Awareness Week is just around the corner, I have put together these top ten tips from by experience of supporting staff and organisations with dyslexia. Dyslexia is often spoken about in the educational context and is often diagnosed at school or university. Support for dyslexic pupils and students is more commonplace now, however, the majority of staff I supported when working at Imperial College London were in their forties or fifties. Not being supported and knowing what could…

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Imperial College London Dyslexia Champions 2017

Dyslexia Champions for a positive, engaged, and forward-thinking workplace

One of the greatest pleasures of my career has been working with Janette Beetham of Right Resources over the last five years to develop a process of support of dyslexic staff and managers at Imperial College London. The process we developed and implemented was a collaborative one with dyslexic staff at the heart of the process. The emphasis is on ensuring the staff members feel empowered and the line manager knows how to support them from start to finish. Over…

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Leadership

Leadership, leadership, leadership is both the answer and the question

Over the last fifteen years there has been so much discussion, thought and implementation of leadership programmes in most organisations. Leadership training has been the default way for some companies to support the transition of  managers to competent leaders. Now, I think there are blurred boundaries in some cases about good management and competent leadership. Can you have one without the other, given the expectations that are placed on middle managers who aspire to become senior leaders? McKinsey&Company published an…

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Time To Talk Time To Change 2015

Time to Change: Changing for Time #smallthingscampaign

When I embarked on a journey to bring mental health literacy and awareness to Imperial College, I felt starting small was the best way forward. I am a fan of pilot and review, with evidence and tangible outcomes to be able to roll out a project on a larger scale. I have been delighted that, in three years talking about mental health in the workplace has gone from a discussions taking place few and far between to being embedded in…

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