Dr Simon Newitt

Dr Simon Newitt

I am a Senior Consultant in the leadership and organisation development team at The King's Fund.

Location UK


  • Love this, Julie :)

  • Be great to hear more, Deirdre? I'm not sure there is another way to solve problems other than work within the unpromising parameters we're given?

  • The point you make about standardisation is really interesting, Helene. I think the point of the bird exercise though is to impose two creative constraints - both the squiggle and the instruction to turn it into a bird. Within these constraints people - as you say - come up with with very different improvisations, which is the creative muscle in action.

  • It's a huge challenge - but maybe think of the financial constraint as a creative constraint. What can you come up with that is viable within the limits set by the system?

  • Welcome Liz :)

  • Welcome Emmeline :)

  • Love that, Julie :)

  • Love this reflection, thanks for sharing Nicole.

  • Love this, Esme.

  • Where are you in the world, Sue?

  • Welcome Sue - and thanks for being our first learner! :)

  • Thanks for this reflection, Cheryl. It can help to at least acknowledge that these horrible compromises in care quality have ethical connotations for health and care professionals - having a language for this can prevent these compromises becoming both normalised and internalised.

  • Beautiful answer, not tacky at all! For me you've landed open the essence of leadership development - increasing one's self-awareness, which is what gives you wisdom and the emotional adds coal intelligences you describe. Thankyou!

  • Great reflection, Mark. The key is indeed the ability leaders have to 'flex' their style choice fully depending on context. And the key to being able to adapt in that way is... ?

  • Thanks Jennifer, glad you are enjoying it!

  • Open the Pallet and then click on the pink button with a + on it - bottom right of your screen. That should do it.

  • Thanks Chinny :)

  • Personally - I wouldn't overstate the difference between management and leadership. Good leaders have to manage stuff, and good managers have to lead sometimes. I tend to think of them as actions rather than roles. And kindness and compassion will make a difference whatever label you give to what you do.

  • What would give them that credibility, Suzanne?

  • Great reflections, Ali.

  • I hope this course helps in some small way, Julie. Great to have you on it :)

  • Welcome Jessie!

  • Welcome Ify!

  • Yes! Kindness is disruptive, and therefore powerful and contagious.

  • Great reflection, thanks Clare.

  • Thanks for this Siobhan. And of course it raises the question of what we learn as children about power and authority (and therefore leadership) when schools are dominated by the controller discourse!

  • Interesting point, Christina!

  • Beautiful example, Mo, thank you...

  • Sometimes kindness really is everywhere if we care to notice, thank you for sharing this!

  • @LouiseShalaby Thanks for your candour, Louise :)

  • I want a 'not like' button for this @BarbaraC ! Terrible practice.

  • Great point, Anne.

  • You are absolutely right Elizabeth; how we stay true to ourselves and in the here-and-now in the midst of all the external forces swirling about us is the challenge we face.

  • Boom - fantastic insight Sarah, thanks for sharing!

  • Thanks for this comment, Louise.

  • Thanks for the resource, Tina.

  • You can ignore my reference above - you are clearly on it in terms of teal thinking! Fascinated to hear how you get on :)

  • Hi Mo, you may find this resource helpful and the 'teal' mindset would certainly fall under the eco-leadership discourse. https://www.reinventingorganizations.com/uploads/2/1/9/8/21988088/140305_laloux_reinventing_organizations.pdf

  • Agree Jo, and the 'controller' certainly had a moment recently in response to the pandemic with Gold/Silver command structures. In moments of high uncertainty and 'chaos' it can and is appropriate as a way of providing some stability.

  • Yes, Anne, the rise of systems leadership thinking and practice would be very much part of the eco-leadership discourse. Great point.

  • Great and candid reflection, Gabi, thank you.