Rachael West
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  • London-Sheffield
  • United Kingdom
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Where do you live and work (City)?
London and Sheffield
What are your top professional skills?
Strategic creativity and leadership. Combining productivity, practicality and play.
What kinds of management education and development services are you involved in?
Strategic creativity: guiding teams to more collaborative, holistic solutions, particularly in engineering, the public sector, and social enterprise.
What is your main interest in the AMED network?
education, networking, social, inspiration, collegiate discussion/debate, collaboration, personal development
Please share your favourite management development insight or quote.
A painting is never finished, it simply stops in an interesting place.
What kind of person are you?
More about you (Short Bio or any other details you’d like people to know)
I used to be an engineer. Transitioned through organisational development, business improvement, change management, relationship contracting, sustainability and business training and head to Sheffield on Monday for three months' circus training! I'll be studying the way that physical creativity influences how we do business.
What I’d like from the AMED network is…
Inspiration. Collaboration.
What do you do for your own development?
I work from The Hub, involve myself in random and creative projects, read...
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Reclaiming the right to play: creativity and collaboration for engineers..Conference July 2010

Hi all

I'm organising a conference for the middle of this year around the themes of creativity and collaboration, focusing on the engineering and built environment sector. The intention is to create an experiential opportunity for those involved in the industry (and those who may not be directly involved) to feel a truly collaborative and creative project.

Key themes:

Reclaiming the right to play. We see the necessity and then 'get' how to do it - without the… Continue

Posted on January 6, 2010 at 9:20 — 5 Comments

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At 2:21 on May 19, 2010, Deborah Ann Booth said…

your Fench embassy appointment sounds dire.

I don't think you should let a 20 min train journey from St Pancras put you off (tube journeys can be longer). Just get First Capital Connect train north (checking it stops at Radlet).

Usually we get started about 12 and have lunch around 1. However as we often go on long after our official finish I think it might still be worth coming for lunchtime if you'd like to find out about Appreciative Inquiry. As you are interested in the use of play and creativity you might also like to meet Paul Z Jackson (who runs the Applied Improvisation Network) who's confirmed he will be coming on Tuesday.

Hope you'll be able to make it, despite difficulties,

Best Wishes

At 9:16 on May 18, 2010, Deborah Ann Booth said…
Dear Rachael

I've emailed you to say St Albans meeting is now next Tuesday. Hope you can make it. Pls check details on AMED site or my email and let me know whether you'd like me to pick you up from the station.

Best Wishes

At 9:21 on May 5, 2010, Deborah Ann Booth said…

I've interpreted your comment as meaning you would have liked to attend if the date was free in your diary. You are the second person to express interest but be unable to do our May date. If there are a few more we may try to schedule a second session. Watch this space.

Best wishes

Deb Booth
At 12:05 on June 22, 2009, Penny Walker said…
Hi Rachael

Thanks for stopping by. The AMED SDN group on this site is, as yet, quite small - I have only just sent out the proper invitation to the wider group, so I expect a few more faces will join in as people get a chance to read their emails.

We are having a face-to-face meeting on 29th September, so it'd be great to see you there. It's a very interesting venue - city garden, solar powered building, training centre.... I'm glad to be supporting it through taking the group as a new venue for us - perhaps our new 'home' as a group.

Heather Worosz and Magdelena Szpala wrote a paper for AMED's journal Organisations & People a year or so ago, about the use of TNS in Whistler. Perhaps you saw that edition?

Kind regards


Kind regards

At 9:17 on June 22, 2009, Belina Raffy said…
Hi Rachael,

Welcome! Looking forward to meeting up in a few weeks' time. Have you connected with Penny yet?
Best wishes,
At 1:52 on June 21, 2009, Bob MacKenzie said…
Hi, Rachael

What a rich bio! It was good to see you at the AWG on Friday. Enjoy your engagement with AMED. best wishes. Bob
At 6:22 on June 20, 2009, David F McAra said…
Hi, Rachael! Welcome. I also am a recovering engineer. Nothing so extreme as flying trapeze in my programme though. I have a theory that all AMED members are refugees from one career or another. I wonder how I could test that.



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