Working through change

News items

Some recent events are shown below.  For an archive of past news, click here.



Ministry and Management: Convergence, Divergence and Future Prospects. I was invited to give this talk at the inaugural conference of the Susanna Wesley Foundation for Ministry, Management and Organisation at Roehampton University. I explored the interplay of attitudes to management and ministry, leadership and organisation between churches and business since the publication of Peter Rudge's Ministry and Management in 1968.


Organizational Development and Emergent Church. I led a half-day as part of The Leadership Institute's Transforming Leadership Programme.



Inspiration Desperately Needed! Tackling the hidden assumptions of change. EIASM's 8th colloquium on organisational change and development, was held at Vlerick Business School, Ghent. My paper was Leaving Newton’s Highway: new directions for organisational change. Read the abstract here.


Publication of Moving on in Ministry. I contributed the opening chapter, Approaching Transitions.



Publication of 101 Great Ideas for Growing Healthy Churches, MODEM's fifth book. It included a contribution from me: Embrace Change.


Residential Core Module at Sarum College at the beginning of a new year on the MA in Christian Approaches to Leadership. A great group of students - exhausting, but exhilarating.


A stimulating MODEM conference on Leading for Tomorrow's World, with keynotes from Simon Walker and Heather Hopfl, and some great Ideas Forums. Read more on the conference website.

A morning in London with the Transforming Leadership Programme, designed to "advance the leadership potential of experienced clergy". I led sessions on Organisational Development and Emergence. Good conversations.


Book review of Alan Smith & Peter Shaw's Reflective Leader (Canterbury Press, 2011) published in Faith in Business Quarterly.

A great morning spent with students at the River Leadership School in Exeter. I was asked to speak about differing attitudes to change, with special refernece to attachment theory.


Presentation on Leadership Development as Community of Enquiry at the 4th Developing Leadership Capacity Conference at Exeter's Centre for Leadership Studies. The paper reflects on the experience of facilitating a novel leadership dvelopment programme. Read the abstract to find out more.


Seminar at Redcliffe College on Self-Care as part of their MA in Global Leadership in Inter-Cultural Contexts. A mixture of personal reflection and lessons from the natural world. Get a flavour here.


Appointed a Visiting Fellow at Sarum College, with special responsibility for their MA in Christian Approaches to Leadership.


The Formless Void as Organizational Template. Article published in the Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion. Access it online here.


A wonderfully stimulating three days in the creative atmosphere of De Baak in the Netherlands. Highlights included the In Claritas conversations on the future of governance and the Pan-European Dialogues.



Embracing Chaos. A lecture, based on my Grove booklet exploring leadership insights from complexity theory. Ripon College, Cuddesdon. 8 December. Visit the college website here.


International Leadership Association 13th Annual Global Conference. London. I took part in two panel presentations:

    • Beyond Metaphor: Practical Leadership Implications of Complexity Theory. With Sandra Jones & Heather Davis from RMIT, Australia, David Holzmer from Union Institute & University, USA, and Julie Davies from the Association of Business Schools, UK. Find out more here.
    • Attachment: Implications of New Developments for Leadership, Followership and Organizational Change. With Tracey Manning from the University of Maryland, USA, and Peter Robertson from Human Insight, Netherlands. Find out more here.

Fractal Leadership and Creative Church Leadership. Two sessions in the inaugural core module of the Masters course, Christian Approaches to Leadership. At  Sarum College, validated by the University of Winchester. Read about the Masters here.

Crossing the Threshold: Explorations in Intended and Unintended Leadership. A paper at the MODEM Conference, Leading Across Boundaries, at Sarum College. The paper is based on the films Invictus and Made in Dagenham. Read a summary here. Visit the conference web page here.

Environmental Technologies - Route to Market or Road to Ruin? A symposium organised by Bristol Business School at the 2011 UK Environmental Trade Show. Find out more here.


Publication of Embracing Chaos: Leadership Insights from Complexity Theory. The fourth booklet in Grove Books' Leadership Series. You can order a copy on the Grove Books website


United Reformed Church (URC) Synod consultation. Facilitating an awayday in London.


RenewableUK HR Forum. I ran a series of workshops on agile leadership at this event, hosted by RWE Npower Renewables. Find out more here.

Appointed a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of the West fo England.


Publication of Fractal Leadership: Emerging Patterns for Transformation. My contribution to the International Leadership Association's annual Building Leadership Bridges series. This seeks to capture ‘the best contemporary thinking about leadership today from a diverse range of scholars, practitioners, and educators working in the field of leadership around the world’.


Meet the World: Leadership Talks on Post-Crisis Leadership. De Baak, Noordwijk, Netherlands. I led a workshop at this thought-provoking event on Post-Newtonian Leadership. It was great to share a platform with colleagues including Peter Robertson of Human Insight and Sharon Turnbull of the Leadership Trust. You can find further details on De Baak's website.