Tom Boydell
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e-O&P Winter 2020 - Editorial Group

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Would you be willing to offer a pro- bono session for other AMED members and networkers?
Where do you live and work (City)?
Live in Sheffield, but have virtully never worked there! Work throughout the UK also recently quite a bit in what we term "the Middle East"
What are your top professional skills?
Facilitating action learning
Working with diversity
Identifying learning needs
Programme design
What kinds of management education and development services are you involved in?
Mostly in social care, "public sector", health. Coaching, action learning, developing developers. Leadership development.
What is your main interest in the AMED network?
networking, inspiration, collegiate discussion/debate, collaboration, personal development, other (please share in bio below)
Please share your favourite management development insight or quote.
"The outcomes of teaching are either unimportant or harmful" (Carl Rogers)

"Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold, mere anarchy is loosed upon the world....the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity"
(WB Yeats, The Second Coming)
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 a somewhat active member of AMED, playing a role in what were then exciting "frontiers" such as management self-development, women and men working together, and spiritual development. I've written a piece about AMED in the 1970s-90s in the December 2020 issue of eO&P. There was then what I perceived as a radical shift in AMED's direction and culture to become very "conventionally, hierarchically managerialist", coupled with a drive to double its membership and recruit large numbers of line managers. The whole mood changed and I lost my enthusiasm. However this has been revivified as a result of COVID and hence Zoom sessions. My take on the Yeats quote that I have given is that in times of complexity and "wicked problems" the centre CANNOT hold and needs to recognise this. It is desperate attempts to cling on to centralised power that lead to "mere anarchy". We need to learn to give voice to the voiceless and work with distributed leadership
What I’d like from the AMED network is…
Welcome, acceptance, willingness to explore challenging ideas and practices
What do you do for your own development?
Laugh; sing; write poems, articles, books; act in amateur and professional companies; weave tapestry; work with stimulating colleagues; meditate; try out new ideas, tools, processes; read; garden;
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At 2:00 on June 13, 2012, Bob MacKenzie said…

Dear Tom

I'm glad that it's all sorted now.

I hope you enjoy reading the Summer 2012 edition of e-O&P.

Kind regards.  Bob

At 0:33 on June 5, 2012, Bob MacKenzie said…

Dear Tom

It's good to see you re-joining the core of AMED Members.

Welcome.  I look forward to sharing the wealth of experience and ideas that you bring to our community.

Kind regards.  Bob

At 12:49 on July 9, 2010, Bob MacKenzie said…
Dear Tom

You'd be most welcome.

Our next scheduled event is 20 August (see Events)

There are about 85 members of the AWG, and at any one time, 10-15 people attend - and never exactly the same people. People come when they can.

You can find out more about how we work if you click on Groups/Writers Group. We also have an annual collaborative Writing Workshop (in Brighton for the last 2 years) usually in May, to coincide with the Brighton Festival).

I hope this helps. Best wishes. Bob
At 8:41 on July 9, 2010, Bob MacKenzie said…
Dear Tom

Welcome to the AMED Writers' Group page. I'll also add your name to the separate AWG e-mail distribution list.

Best wishes. Bob
At 12:20 on June 14, 2010, Penny Walker said…
Hi Tom

Lots of distributed leadership in AMED now!

Welcome back.


At 10:52 on June 13, 2010, Bob MacKenzie said…
Dear Tom

A hearty welcome back to the fold, where I'm sure you'll approve of AMED's changing 'culture'.

Best wishes. Bob
At 10:52 on June 13, 2010, Belina Raffy said…
Welcome back Tom! We look forward to interacting with you. You may like to join the 'coaching' group on this site. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about ways in which to use this site to engage with your fellow AMED community member.

Best wishes


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