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We hope that you are managing to stay safe and well during these troubled times. We have cancelled all our courses and seminars for the time being, while we explore how we can best use something like Zoom to keep in touch with everyone.  In the meantime we thought that this poem we were sent lifted our spirits and we hope that, as you read it, it will inspire you to see a way through all this. 

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

— Kitty O'MearaAnd The People Stayed Home

Everyone has been touched by the events and the news about the Corona Virus pandemic which has devastated so many lives leading to Compassion for human suffering being shown all around the world.  

We’ve also been exploring how silence can make a difference to our effectiveness in decision making and meetings.

Our Wisborough Conscious Leadership Programme have been cancelled for the time being.  If you want to be a more self-aware leader who has the resilience and emotional intelligence to create the perfect conditions for your team to be able to engage and succeed with ease go to Conscious Leadership and find out more about the Programme

The Wisborough Positive & Powerful Leadership Programmes have also been cancelled.  It is a good blend of skills and knowledge that uses current work situations to develop more positive conversations and skilful leaders who can bring out the best in their teams.  It may be just what you are looking for to help you be the best you can be. 

Our free leadership workshop in West Sussex has had to be cancelled.

As usual there is a reminder about our Wisborough Conscious Achievement Coaching and lastly Musings over Breakfasta poem for peace

What's in this "Latest News"?

·   Compassion for human suffering 

·     Conscious Leadership - A Wisborough Programme to help you  be a more mindful and successful leader

·    How silence can make a difference to our effectiveness  

·    Positive & Powerful Leadership - A Wisborough Programme to help you motivate yourself and your team

  Free leadership workshop in West Sussex

·    Coaching - How the Wisborough approach could help you be true to yourself and be the best that you can be

·     Musings over breakfast  a poem for peace

    why choose Wisborough?

Compassion for Human suffering

Everyone has been touched by the events and the news about the Corona Virus pandemic which has devastated so many lives.  It has been a sombre start to the Spring, but what has been so striking is the response across the world. 

Differences have been set aside as never before, to meet the needs of those who are suffering.  People from different races, cultures and religions have joined forces for the good of humankind.  People's needs have become more important than doctrines or beliefs about who is right or wrong.  Love has simply been offered in many forms. 

Love has been offered with no expectation of a return on investment or a pay back in kind.  It isn't my suffering or your suffering, but human suffering.  It isn't my pain or your pain, simply a recognition of the pain to be met with much compassion for humanity

We wish everyone this blessing by John O'Donohue

On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble,

may the clay dance to balance you.

And when your eyes freeze behind the grey window and the ghost of loss gets into you,

may a flock of colours, indigo, red, green and azure blue come to awaken in you a meadow of light.

When the canvas frays in the curach of thought and a stain of ocean blackens beneath you,

may there come across the waters a path of yellow moonlight to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,

may the clarity of light be yours,

may the fluency of the ocean be yours,

may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you,

an invisible cloak to mind your life.

If you would like help dealing with stress at this time contact us or Email info@wisborough.com or call us on (44) 01798 872 266.

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The Wisborough Conscious Leadership Programme to help you be a more mindful and successful leader - is cancelled for the time being 

The Conscious Leadership Programme will help you question what is important to you as a leader.  It will increase your emotional intelligence, make your relationships more effective, and help you be authentic as you use your values to deal with difficult situations with integrity. 

The Conscious Leadership Programme, run by Chrissie McGinn & Richard Hewitt, uses new concepts of leadership to develop successful leaders. This is a cutting edge programme for managers to discover their natural leadership qualities and to learn skills to enhance them. Each workshop is limited to six places to ensure maximum benefit to each delegate.

“The course offers a unique opportunity for deep and intense work in a small group of fellow professionals, and stresses both personal and professional development. It is a combination of lectures, group dialogue, and experiential exercises, as much a deep and life-transforming experience as a training course.”

The new dates for the Conscious Leadership Programme

The Conscious Leadership Programme is divided into 3 modules to give you time to embed the learning in the workplace and see the results as you go along.  The dates are:

Using your Emotions to Create Success

Making & Maintaining Positive Relationships

Using Your Wisdom

The cost is £2200 or £1950 if booked six weeks before the first module.  If you think it’s time that you became not just a good leader, but a great one come on the Conscious Leadership Programme.  Go to contact us or Email info@wisborough.com or call us on 44 (0)1798 872 266 to find out more or to book your place.  For more info click here 

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How silence can make a difference to your effectiveness

We have been exploring how silence can make a difference to our effectiveness in meetings.  Generally there is very little silence in meetings, except if there is an awkward discussion or a difficult decision to be made.  We have found that conscious silence can make a huge difference to the quality of the discussion or the outcome of the decision.

Silence before starting

In the past we’ve talked about reflecting after a meeting to learn how to do better next time, but for the past few years we’ve been influenced by the use of silence in Quaker Meetings and in the silent retreats that we have run.  It seems that choosing to be in silence can make a difference.  For instance, if you start a meeting with a couple of minutes silence to give people time to settle and actually arrive fully, i.e become really present in the meeting, instead of still carrying the emotions from the previous meeting.  People are then more attentive to the current discussion.  

A couple of minutes silence at the beginning is also useful to give people time to consciously set their intent for the meeting, e.g. an intent to contribute positively, a wish for the meeting to resolve an issue well, or solve a problem in a new way.

Silence to really listen

Silence can also be used during the meeting after someone has spoken, and before the next person “jumps in”.  This gives value to what has been said and gives time for people to reflect and digest what they have heard.  It helps people to really hear and understand one another rather than listening with one ear, while actually formulating the response at the same time.  It slows the process down, and people are more likely to question the appropriateness of their response.  In fact, it actually speeds up the process as a decision is likely to arise more quickly and with less energy spent on emotions. 

Silence to finish

A few minutes silence at the end of a meeting gives people the opportunity to reflect on their own behaviour, thoughts, and feelings during the meeting, to consider how much they have helped or hindered the effectiveness of the meeting.  It also gives time to appreciate what has gone well during the meeting so that this can be incorporated or encouraged at future meetings. 

In our busy lives we give little time for silence and yet the rewards in terms of our calmness, our ability to contribute to situations more positively, and to the quality of the decisions we are making far outweigh the time that it takes to make a small space for the silence.  Try experimenting with this at your next team meeting, and if you set it up as an expectation of how your meetings can work more effectively your team will begin to notice the difference it can make to the quality of your meetings.

If you would like to explore how you could use silence more at work or at home  give us a call on 44 (0)1798 872266 or contact us or e-mail info@wisborough.com 

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How the Wisborough Positive & Powerful Leadership Programme could help motivate you and your team  - Cancelled for the time being

 Leadership is about hearts and minds. It is about consciously helping people to really engage with their work and the success of the company. As a leader you need to have the resilience and interpersonal skills to create the right conditions to help your people build a better future.

The Wisborough Positive & Powerful Leadership Programme will give you the insights and skills you need to help everyone give their best performance, and achieve the results you want.  Every Programme is tailored to meet individual and organisational needs.  We’ve been running and developing this Programme for ten years and people are always delighted with the results.

Benefits of the Wisborough Positive & Powerful Leadership Programme

Here are some comments from delegates about how the Wisborough Programme has transformed the way they work.  

 “It has got me thinking completely differently about myself, and my staff, and how I can manage them.”

“It takes the theoretical to the practical in the workplace.”

 “It has shown me that a lot of time we do know how people feel, but we don’t acknowledge it and so people think we don’t care.”

 “It has given us great skills to manage our own different situations at work.”

“It makes us be realistic about our feelings and how they affect our decisions and our behaviour.”

“This is thought provoking for everyone as it isn’t the way we usually work with people.  It develops a maturity with everyday actions in the organisation.”

How does this transformation happen?  

Day 1: will identify your leadership qualities, show you how to manage your emotions and build powerful relationships within your teams by communicating in ways that create real understanding and action. 

Day 2: will help you understand how to motivate your team to get the best long term results, and will give you time to practise your skills with your real issues. 

Then you will have a couple of weeks to practise your skills back at your workplace and see some great results ready for

Day 3: to show you how to take your team with you through times of change, how to resolve conflict, and how you can use your power to influence as you continue to develop your skills. 


The Programme uses the Wisborough Positive & Powerful Leadership model to help you create a harmonious and highly productive team and organisation.  After completing the Programme you will regularly review your progress with follow-up emails and questionnaires. 

Positive & Powerful Leadership Programme in Sussex,  at a special rate of £999 is cancelled for the time being If you would like to know more please give us a call on 01798 872266 or contact us or e-mail info@wisborough.com headed "Positive & Powerful Leadership"

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    Free Conscious Leadership Skills Workshop in Sussex to help you manage conflict with ease - cancelled for the time being


    When times are difficult do you just react or can you be a Conscious Leader?  Can you maintain your integrity in difficult situations?  Do you want to feel more confident?

    If you want people to be motivated and to work together more positively and productively, and you want your relationships to work well for you, join us on the Wisborough Free 2 hour Conscious Leadership workshop in West Sussex on 18th March - cancelled for the time being.

    “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.” Dale Carnegie

    This seminar will help you to:

    -  Deal with difficult people and situations more easily so that you can have those  conversations you have been avoiding

    -  Manage your feelings when they get in the way

    -  Manage conflict

    -  Understand what is happening in your relationships

    - Use skills to improve your relationships and get the best out of people

    How to book your place on the Wisborough Free Conscious Leadership Skills Workshop - cancelled at present Book your free place with Chrissie McGinn & Richard Hewitt at Wisborough now.  Please phone 01798 872266 or go to contact us or email  info@wisborough.com headed "Free Workshop"  

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      How our approach to coaching could help you be true to yourself and be the best that you can be

     Make the most of your coachWhat do you want from a good coach? Someone to encourage and support you? Someone to help you transform your perception? Someone to help you clarify your goals?

     How do you want your coach to work with you?  You know that you want them to ask you questions. You know that you want them to really listen and understand what you are trying to say. Perhaps you would like to do some visualisations to really embed some new ideas.

    When do you want to work with your coach? You would like to be able to meet or speak on the phone at a time to suit you, perhaps at the beginning or the end of the day. You would like to have time in between sessions to practise some new skills. You would like to have a set number of sessions, and then time to review the way forward.

    enjoying a coaching session"I wanted to thank you for your time today.  I have come away with some very useful tools which will help me improve my way of handling those difficult situations/ people.  I understood the model you used and can relate it to my own position in the lab. You were superb at explaining it all and I really felt that you understood my own situation.  I will start practicing and know that one day it will become more of a habit."

    What do you want to focus on with your coach? You would like to understand yourself better, learn some new skills, and be more confident. You would like to know how to get the best out of your relationships. You would like to solve some current problems, become less stressed, and be more successful.

    If all this sounds like you, and what you would like from your coach contact us or call 01798 872 266 or email info@wisborough.com headed "coaching" Looking forward to helping you be more positive and maintain that positivity throughout 2014.

    Musings over breakfast - A poem for peace

    Last Summer we organised an afternoon of poetry, prose, and performance on peace at the Blue Idol Quaker Meeting House in Coolham.  One of the poems that was included was Listening to the Whispers by Jamie Sams and it seems to be a very important poem for our current times.

    Listening to the whispers

    That come through time and space,

    The voices of the Ancestors

    Of every creed and race.

    Our silent spirits are waiting,

    Inspiration is our desire.

    The spark of understanding

    Will set our hearts on fire,

    Within that fiery vision,

    The whispers call our names,

    Asking those who listen

    To carry the Eternal Flame.

    The Flame is illumination

    Of the love that lies within,

    All Creatures, Peoples and Nations

    Become family once again.

    Are we really listening

    To the whispers all around?

    The voices within the circle

    Are calling for common ground.

    Where Peace is the message,

    Where no child stands alone,

    And no hearts are broken,

    Because we’ve all come home.

    Jamie Sams is half French and half American Indian, with ancestors from the Cherokee, Seneca, Choctaw, and Mohawk tribes. She is a Retreat leader, and writer on American Indian spirituality.

    We hope that you find peaceful moments in your day to quiet and calm you so that you can make the most of everything our wonder-ful world can offer us.  

    Go well

    Chrissie & Richard

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