Wake up France!

When I moved to France 6 years ago after 7 years of living in China, I got to know a young Chinese woman who managed the Louis Vuitton branch on the ground floor of Galeries Lafayette in Paris.  Married to a Frenchman and having lived here many years, she recounted to me how Chinese customersContinue reading “Wake up France!”

Why the world needs more feminine leadership

When I first started working in the area of international development, the issue that most drew my attention was that of the plight of women in emerging economies who suffered oppression at the hands of patriarchal societies. Women are by far and away the largest oppressed group in the world still today and most likelyContinue reading “Why the world needs more feminine leadership”

WorldBlu and Freedom-Centered Leadership

I’m currently taking part in an awesome leadership course – WorldBlu’s Freedom-Centered Leadership programme. I’ve been a huge fan of WorldBlu’s work, ever since I first read about Traci and the spiritual basis on which she grounds her practice of organizational democracy and freedom-centered leadership.  This is not about political democracy but about a betterContinue reading “WorldBlu and Freedom-Centered Leadership”

Quality growth and true progress

A little while ago, I was asked to define what was meant by ‘quality growth’.  Here are my thoughts: In purely professional terms, in my view, ‘quality growth’ brings together a blended value proposition that has at its heart not only the triple bottom line – economic, social, environmental – but achieves these goals withinContinue reading “Quality growth and true progress”

Servant Leadership

Dear Tamara I’ve been thinking about our conversation the other day and what leadership means to me.  A few days after we spoke, I took a little online quiz about leadership that had popped up in my inbox.  I was asked which ‘leadership role models’ I identified with and was given a list that includedContinue reading “Servant Leadership”

The Legacy Project

At last year’s ‘Summer Davos’, the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China, I was fortunate to facilitate a workshop on the demographics of ageing populations for a discussion on the future of North East Asia. This is not a topic with which I can claim any expertise and IContinue reading “The Legacy Project”

Spirituality and Transformative Leadership – a Call to action

In her seminal essay ‘Freedom from Fear’, the prominent pro-democracy activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, called for a ‘revolution of the spirit’ if we are to bring about meaningful change in our world. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a private session with The Lady, asContinue reading “Spirituality and Transformative Leadership – a Call to action”

Hua Dan Goes to Edinburgh Festival – making our Dumpling Dreams come true!

Throughout my time of working in China and setting up Hua Dan, I have been privileged to hear the stories of migrant, rural and urban women who have generously shared their experiences of what it means to be a woman in modern China today. Furthermore, as theatre people, stories are our medium of communication, windows throughContinue reading “Hua Dan Goes to Edinburgh Festival – making our Dumpling Dreams come true!”

A story of eggs

When she was a little girl, Zhong Na used to collect eggs from the family chicken to give to her grandmother to sell.  At the time, the family couldn’t afford to send her to school.  But Zhong Na was determined to get herself an education, so she devised a plan….. Zhong Na figured her grandmotherContinue reading “A story of eggs”