New year – new thinking…

A huge thank you to everyone for such a stimulating, entertaining and thought-provoking 2016.

Before we think about the year ahead, I would like to share a tale brought to The Extra Mile Christmas Meeting by one of its members, which brings to life something of the spirit of The Extra Mile.

Frog peeking out

Penny was working with a voluntary sector organisation that had decided to fight back. Austerity would be vanquished by encouraging local charities and services to work and act together. Whether a two-man band with unbeatable local expertise or a significant regional charity of years’ experience – they would collaborate to deliver what the community needed, and join forces to bid together for scarce budgets.

One bid concerned a programme for interventions in schools to improve mental health, and three mental health charities had come together to work on the bid. A new member of the group happened to be visiting as the brief was being discussed. This charity was dedicated to saving amphibians. Especially frogs. The serendipity of these apparently unrelated areas of expertise connecting casually without an agenda or intention created a sort of alchemy. Children love frogs. Conversations and care and trust can build around…a frog.

An imaginative and successful bid was created.

The conditions for connection had been created without a fixed outcome in mind, and magical things happened. The Extra Mile, just like the organisation in the story, is all about joyful connections – leading to results that could never have been predicted.

Events that bring us together and teach us new perspectives…

We’re excited and energised about where 2017 will take us all and are looking forward to bringing you an eclectic mix of events, which started on 23rd January with a lively and interactive world café style session focusing on ‘reflect, learn and grow’.

Other topics we are planning to cover this year include:

  • using comedy in learning
  • the psychology of portrait photography
  • inclusive leadership
  • social media
  • the ROI of coaching.

A key core value of the Extra Mile is inclusivity and we’re always open to new ideas. So please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts and views about what you’d like us to talk about, or where and how you’d like us to meet up? Just comment below or email us at We always welcome new members too, so please do spread the word and invite friends and colleagues to visit this website and sign up.

Here’s to an enriching and rewarding 2017. Happy New Year!


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