About the mushroom grower

This blog reflects my views and observations of life within organisations. I draw upon my senior leadership experience in the public sector, my experience as a consumer of products and services; and in the last few years life working as an interim executive,  coach, and consultant to a wide range of individuals, and organisations.

To find out more about how I work with leaders in organisations please follow this link to my websitehttp://philbadleyconsulting.com

A word about the title of my blog site. For some it will be obvious; for others perhaps not so.  The link is mushroom management. The ideal growing environment for mushrooms is, as you may already know, about darkness, moisture and nutrients. keeping them in the dark and feeding them plenty of shit. Well sadly it is an attitude that still prevails in too many organisations.

I have been around in the local government world long enough to see the circle coming around again. I have worked in local authorities of all shapes and sizes, and political persuasions.

For many years I focused upon successfully bringing about improvement and change, but largely within the context of the organisations current paradigm, although I may not have always realised it.

I had begun my own journey of improvement and self discovery about twelve years ago when I began to study the academic underpinning of coaching, and coach psychology and was lucky enough to find a programme that majored upon the experiential aspects as a core of the curriculum.

I began to realise the true complexity of successfully leading change within organisations. First we must start with the individual. Change comes from within us as individuals. It’s obvious, but sadly few take account of this when trying to bring about change in organisations. We get treated more like goods on a shelf at a supermarket than independent human beings. I had been working on this and getting some success in my own leadership approach, and developing my knowledge through the work of Gallwey, Whitmore, Goldsmith, Hawkins but was also keen to get an understanding of systemic organisational change.

About eight years ago I started to become more interested in Systems Theory, and intervention theory, the work of Deming, Ohno and many others. I then by chance heard John Seddon speak about what he calls Vanguard Method.

I got even more curious about  why change failed within organisations. Of course for career progression purposes many of us would dress up a failure as a success. I became expert at making a silk purse out of a sows ear, but the reality was that as one change supersedes another there was always an excuse to cover over the last change project with a new idea.

The next programme comes along, we re-doubled our efforts and made the same mistakes over and over again, often without even realising. We typically design organisations that are set up to fail and don’t even realise what we have done!

By combining my learning from coaching, systems theory, and intervention theory, I began to make headway on my journey of discovery as a leader. I’ve now added the knowledge and application of NLP to my learning.

I  now work as a coach, consultant, and interim working in the public and private sector helping individuals, and teams to improve their leadership interventions, and more effectively help their teams to realise their own potential for the good of the business.

This blog is about what I have learned over the last few years: what I have got wrong in the past, and what I have learned from working with many organisations. I will pick up on examples of good and bad customer experiences that I have had along the way.

Some of it is a little bit tongue in cheek, hopefully it will occasionally be amusing, but above all an honest reflection of what I have learned through working with many leaders.

I hope that you enjoy it, and are prepared to share your own stories and experiences for the benefit of shared learning and improvement.

We help individuals and teams to purposefully reflect upon their current challenges, and identify practical and pragmatic ways of getting balance back into the demands upon your life, and delivering positive results in life and work.puzzle solved

Our one to one support will help you to cut through to the nub of your personal, and organisational challenges and help you to facilitate a way forward that will give you: –

  • Clarity around the key business issues that you are facing and a clear plan to tackle them
  • New capabilities, and capacity to meet future challenges 
  • Greater personal job satisfaction
  • Strategies to deal more effectively with difficult people or situations in your working life

To find out more about how I work with leaders in organisations please follow this link to my websitehttp://philbadleyconsulting.com

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